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  • Handmade Bugs-n-Blooms Valentines

    Making a Valentine's Day car yourself is one way to let your loved one know how much you care about them. There are several tutorials, patterns and ideas online with instructions, or you can come up with something uniquely your own. For projects like this, Bugs-n-Blooms' mini decorations work great as embellishments. These tiny, sparkling flowers, butterflies and other bug decorations are just the right size (1 to 3 inches, depending on the style) for using on cards and gift tags. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

    Flowers Wire Mini Flowers For Decorating

    Draw a flower stem and leaf on the front of a blank card, or cut a stem and leaf shape out of paper and attach it with glue. Then glue a mini daisy decoration on the card for an eye-catching flower that pops out of the design. In floral mythology, different flowers communicate different messages. Daisy flowers symbolize hope and loyal love, so they are a perfect choice for a Valentine's card.

    True Love

    Flower Arranging with Butterflies and BugsPrint or write a quote about true love on the front of the card, then embellish with glittering butterflies or dragonflies. They come in a variety of colors to coordinate with the papers and ink you choose. You can find lists of quotes that will work for this on websites like Brainy Quote. Here are a few suggestions:

    • “True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself.” – Honore de Balzac
    • “True love begins when nothing is looked for in return.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
    • “Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another.” – Thomas Merton


    What could be sweeter than attaching chocolate to a Valentine's card? Use rubber stamps, such as a tree branch or spray of flowers, to create a background on a blank card. Then, take mini candy bars and wrap them in strips of paper that coordinate with the colors you choose for the background. Stick these custom-wrapped candies to the front of the card with glue dots, then add a few decorations. A little red or pink ladybug makes a nice addition to this design.

    Gift Tags

    If you don't plan to write an entire card to go with your Valentin's Day present, you can make a handmade gift tag. Gift tags add a personal touch to presents, but take much less time to create than a full-size card. For projects this small, the best choice from Bugs-n-Blooms is the tiny, 1-inch butterflies. These come in a package of 12, and includes 6 different colors.

  • Tips for Planning Nurseries with Bugs n' Blooms

    Before you go out and start buying baby stuff for a nursery, it's good to have a budget in mind and some idea of what you are looking for in terms of colors and styles. This will make it easier to narrow-down your furniture and decorating selections.

    When planning a nursery, one question to ask is, “Will this nursery be the baby's room in the future as they grow up?” If the answer is “yes,” you'll want to plan decorations so they are easy to update as the child grows, and make certain that you leave room for replacing the crib with a bed. If this nursery will be used for multiple children who will move to their own rooms as they grow, consider a gender-neutral decorating scheme so you'll be sure it's a good fit for future babies.

    Boy or Girl?

    Whether you are having a boy or girl helps in deciding which decorations to choose. All of Bugs-n-Blooms' decorations look lovely in a baby girl's nursery. Sparkly pink and purplered-shimmer-ladybug butterflies or flowers are perfect for a girly princess-theme, and most of the other decorations are available in these colors as well, including some ladybugs and bumblebees. Red ladybugs are perfect for a “cute as a bug” nursery for your new little lady.

    If you know you are having a baby boy, or if you want to design a gender-neutral nursery, the selection is only a little more limited. Bumblebees lend themselves very well to a gender-neutral yellow nursery. Dragonflies are adorable in a pond-themed nursery for a baby boy, and butterflies or ladybugs look nice in a green meadow or nature-them nursery.

    Decorate Safely

    When decorating for a new baby, you'll want to make sure decorations will be out of their reach when they get old enough to start toddling around the room. Bugs-n-Blooms decorations are soft and safe, but some designs do have sequins and sparkles that could be pulled off and eaten if they are hung too close to the floor.

    girls-nursery-mobileOne solution is to hang decorations from the ceiling. Mobiles are an obvious choice for this, and Bugs-n-Blooms offers several styles to match the other hanging decorations. All the other decorations can be hung from the ceiling as well, or attached to the wall out of reach of little hands. When children are older, the decorations can be placed lower and used to decorate lamps, curtains, and other areas around the room.

    Choose Paint Last

    There's a huge range of paint colors available, so it's much easier to find a paint color to match the other decorations in the room than it is to find decorations to match a specific shade of paint. You could also choose a neutral color, like off-white or a soft brown, that will match pretty much any decorations you want to use. This makes it easy to update the nursery as the child grows.

    Don't wait too long to pick out the wall color, though. You want to make sure you finish painting or wallpapering by about 8 weeks before the baby arrives. All the chemical fumes must have time to disappear by the time baby is sleeping in the room. If you're using Bugs-n-Blooms' wall decals, wait 30 days after painting before placing the vinyl stickers.

  • Creative Uses for Curtain Tie-Backs

    Bugs-n-Blooms offers 17 styles of curtain tie backs in a wide range of colors. The tie-backs all feature size-small decorations, which correspond to matching styles of hanging flowers and bugs so you can easily find complementary decorations to use with the tie-backs. The obvious use for curtain tie-backs to hold back curtains, but that's not the only way to decorate with them. The fact that curtain tie-backs have attached ribbons or wires for holding curtains also makes them easy to attach to certain furniture items or use as outdoor party decorations.


    With Curtains

    When hanging curtain tie-backs on curtains, there are several different ways to hang them. You can simply tie the decoration around the curtain, without attaching it to the wall. This is good if you want a soft drape to the curtain, or want the tied curtain to hang in the center of the window.

    If you want to attach the curtain tie-back to the wall, position it 2/3 of the way down the window frame. Two options for hanging are attaching the bug or bloom decoration directly to the wall, or installing a hook on the window frame that you can loop the wire or ribbon over to swag the curtain toward the wall. This last option allows for more versatility, and makes it easy to switch-out curtain tiebacks if you redecorate the room.

    On Chairs curtain-flower-tiebacks

    Since curtain tiebacks already have ribbons or wires attached, it is easy to tie or wire them to furniture for a decorative look. Other decorations from Bugs-n-Blooms can also be used on furniture, but you would need attach wire or ribbon for hanging, or glue them directly to the furniture piece.

    Curtain tie-backs look particularly cute on chairs used in a child's bedroom, or in a classroom setting. For tie-backs with ribbons, simply position the bug or bloom decoration where you want it on the chair, and tie the ribbon in a bow. This works best on wooden chairs with side supports or spindles that you can tie the ribbons around. It's a quick, easy way to dress-up a simple furniture piece.

    For Parties

    When decorating for a party, it's nice to have some decorations that you can easily install just by tying or wiring them in place. Curtain tie-backs can be used on a serving table by tying or wrapping the wires around the table legs, depending how the legs are positioned. They can also be temporarily installed on curtains, or if you tie a bow near the ends of the ribbon hangers they can be hung from door knobs.

    For outdoor parties, it's especially nice to have a decoration that can be tied or wired in place so it won't blow away in the wind. Curtain tie-backs work very well on the supports for a pavilion or party tent, tied to chairs at an outdoor wedding ceremony, or used to decorate a large pitcher for serving drinks. With a little imagination, and you'll probably find even more creative ways to decorate with curtain tie-backs.

  • Dragonfly Decor and Decorations

    Dragonfly decorations are adorable enough to brighten up a child's room, and elegant enough to use around the whole house. Decorating with dragonflies can include fabric or wall paper with dragonfly print, swarms of mini dragonflies stuck the the walls, or a larger dragonfly used as a decorative focal point in the room. They work well as the main decorating theme, or as a complement to other decorating themes.

    Upcycling Photo Frames Dragonfly Decorations

    Hanging Dragonflies

    Bugs-n-Blooms' hanging dragonfly decorations come in a wide range of sizes and styles. All are equipped with a removable hoop and fishing line for easy hanging on walls and ceilings. They come in 2-by-2-inch and 3-by-3-inch minis, 5-by-4-inch and 7-by-5-inch small, 10-by-6-inch medium, 13-by-8-inch large and 18-by-11-inch extra large sizes. Available sizes vary depending on the style.

    Some dragonfly styles have a soft body, like the shimmer dragonfly, and some have a beaded body, like the glitter dragonfly. Most styles have wings made from one layer of nylon fabric stretched over a wire frame. The multi-layer and triple-layer dragonflies have two or three layered wings. Available colors include pink, purple, blue, green, yellow and multi-colored.

    Wall Stickerswall-hanging-letters-green-dragonfly

    Vinyl wall stickers with dragonflies include pink and purple wall scroll stickers, a sheet of six dragonfly stickers, and an alphabet in pink, purple or green. There's also a quote sticker style with a dragonfly saying. It reads, “May you touch dragonflies & stars, dance with fairies & talk to the moon. May you grow up with love & gracious hearts & people who care. Welcome to the world little one, it's been waiting for you!"

    Bugs-n-Blooms' wall stickers are all removable and reusable, so you can re-position them as needed when re-decorating or designing a new room. They adhere best to smooth, clean surfaces in low-humidity locations. For more hanging tips, see our article “How To Apply Wall Decals.”

    Dragonfly Mobiles

    Each of the five dragonfly mobile designs measures 11 inches wide by 24 inches tall. They all have a total of five decorations hanging from them in the colors pink, purple, blue, green and yellow. All the decorations are size small, and match styles in the hanging decorations. The five dragonflies on the multi-layer and jewel mobiles measure 5-by-4-inches each. The decorations on the sparkle, swirls, and crystal mobiles each measure 7-by-5-inches.

    Curtain Tie BacksChoose the Best Curtain Tiebacks for your Daughter

    Like the mobiles, dragonfly curtain tie-backs use a size small decoration. They come in two styles: multi-layer and jewel. Both are available in the colors pink, green, purple and yellow. The multi-layer tie-backs are also available in blue and light pink. Jewel tie-backs are also available in white. Both decorations measure 5-by-4-inches, and have ribbon streamers hanging from them. They are attached to two pieces of wire or two lengths of ribbon, which are used for connecting the tie-backs to curtains.

  • Spring Wedding Ideas: Colors and Decor

    Spring is a popular time for weddings. The weather is warming up, new leaves are appearing on the trees, and fresh flowers are blooming everywhere. It's a perfect season for starting a new chapter of your life. Picking out colors and flowers and making other decorating choices are a key part of planning a spring wedding. There's a wide selection to choose from, and Bugs-n-Bloom decorations fit nicely into spring wedding style.

    DIY Project: Making Wedding Favors


    Pastels are popular choices for spring weddings. If you don't want them to make up the entire wedding pallet, you can pair a pastel tone with a complementary darker color. Pale blue or light pink both look good with chocolate brown, coral tones complement deep greens, and a spring yellow pairs well with gray tones. You could also opt for a bright color pallet, with the vivid tones of spring flowers, or pair one bright color like hot pink with a softer tone like blush.

    Bugs-n-Blooms decorations are available in a wide range of colors, and there are shades to match most wedding color choices. The basic color options are blue, pink, purple, yellow, brown, orange and white. Different styles feature different shades of these colors, and some layer multiple colors. If you want a pale or pastel butterfly decoration, go with the multi-layered butterflies. For bolder tones, crystal hanging butterflies are a good choice. Painted butterflies have dark and light colors on the same decoration.


    Spring brides have a wide selection of in-season flowers to choose from. For pink tones, try roses, peonies, hyacinth, orchids or tulips. If you're looking for blues and purples, consider sweet-pea, lilac, hyacinths, hydrangea or delphinium. Reds, oranges, and yellows can be found in roses, ranunculus, lilies and Gerber daisies.

    Fillers and foliage for spring weddings include baby's breath, Queen Anne's lace, hosta leaves, and ornamental grasses. Mini decorations from Bugs-n-Blooms can also be worked into a flower bouquet by wiring them and wrapping the wire in floral tape. A few butterflies or dragonflies look adorable hovering in the arrangement.

    Décor Tips

    If you're planning an outdoor wedding in the spring, it can be a good idea to add a rain plan into your decorating ideas. Some wedding venues will supply a tent in case of rain. If not, you can rent one. Adding decorations on the tent poles, like curtain tie-backs or flowers, helps incorporate the tent into the overall feel of the wedding so it doesn't look like a last-minute change.

    Curtain tie-backs can also be used in place of ribbon bows for decorating chairs at the wedding ceremony or reception. Bugs-n-Blooms' larger hanging decorations look lovely hanging from ceilings and walls at an indoor reception location, and the smaller styles are adorable table decorations.

  • Family New Year's Party

    After a whirl-wind holiday season, it can be nice to relax with a laid-back New Years party that the whole family can enjoy. Instead of attending a cocktail party just for adults to ring in the New Year, opt for a family-friendly setting with games, foods, and drinks that the little ones can enjoy as well.

    Sunroom Decorations: Butterflies, Bumble Bees, Flowers

    Setting the Stage

    One of the first steps in crafting a New Year's party is choosing decorations. You'll need to order them in advance so they arrive on time, so picking them out early is a good idea. Bugs-n-Blooms' room décor includes a wide range of sizes and colors in a variety of insect and flower designs. They are cheerful, colorful decorations that pair well with other decorating items like paper lanterns.

    Hanging decorations are made of nylon fabric stretched over a flexible wire frame, which lets you fluff-out the wings and petals to make the decorations more 3-D. All sizes come with a hoop and fishing line to make them easy to hang, but the hoop is also easy to remove if you want to use them in another way. These decorations come in small sizes, which are perfect for attaching to other objects like a vase or chairs, medium sizes that look great decorating serving tables, and large and extra-large sizes that add interest to walls and ceilings.

    Festive Foods

    Make feeding everyone easy by serving lots of finger foods that don't take much time to prepare. Finger-food recipes that will work for this type of party include stuffed celery, fried cheese poppers, fruit and cheese plates, meatballs, mini pizza wedges, and crackers with dip. Make sure to include lots of foods the kids will eat.

    To make serving easier, put all the food on one table and the drinks on another. Decorate the tables with colorful table cloths, clocks ticking down to the New Year, and a few butterflies, ladybugs or flowers from Bugs-n-Bloom.


    Christmas Butterfly DecorationsActivities for All Ages

    Kid-friendly activities for a New Year's party include having a game night or showing family movies like The Princess Bride and The Love Bug. Card games, Apples to Apples and board games all allow large groups and a variety of ages to play together. New Year-themed charades is another option for game night, where participants act-out their New Years resolutions.

    At the end of the party, ring in the New Year at the stroke of midnight. Noise makers, party hats and confetti are key parts of this tradition, and they can be economically made at home if you like. If your kids are too young to stay up that late, you can set the clock ahead a few hours so it strikes “midnight” at 7 or 8 in the evening. Then the kids can celebrate with you before bedtime.

  • Boys and Bugs Decorations

    Whether you're decorating a baby boy's nursery or a little boy's bedroom, bug decorations are a good place to start. Many insect decorations go well with blue colors often used in boys' rooms, as well as the increasingly popular green colors. Bugs fit in well with outdoorsy, boyish designs including pond and nature themes. The same ideas work well for a nursery, or you can opt for a more brightly colored theme like bumblebees.


    Pond-Themed Dragonflies

    Frogs and bugs in a blue, pond-themed room are a great choice for little boys. The blue and green colors fit perfectly with traditional ideas about how boys' rooms should be decorated, and the theme encourages a wide range of decorating options, including leaf-shaped lamps, adorable frog pillows, and wall-murals of ponds. Murals can incorporate vinyl wall-stickers, including dragonfly-theme alphabet letters and stickers shaped like dragonflies.

    Since dragonflies live near water in nature, they are the best choice for bug decorations in a pond-theme room. Bugs-n-blooms' dragonfly decorations are available in 10 different designs, and a wide range of sizes from the 2-by-2 inch mini dragonfly, to the 18-by-11 inch extra-large size. Matching curtain tie-backs are also available, as well as hanging mobiles for decorating a nursery.

    Ladybugs and Green

    Bright red ladybug decorations pair well with an outdoor or nature theme for a boy's bedroom. Red and green are opposite on the color wheel, which makes them complementary colors. These colors pair well together in a visually appealing way, whether you choose more muted tones or go with a bright green backdrop.

    Ladybug decorations come in three different sizes. Mini ladybugs measure 2-by-2 inches, small ladybugs are 4-by-3 inches, and medium ladybugs measure 8-by-6 inches. These ladybugs can all be hung from walls or ceilings, and the smaller sizes work well for attaching to furniture and other decorations. Matching curtain tie-backs are available for both the Glitter and Shimmer ladybug designs.

    Bumblebee Nurseries

    Bumblebee decorations can be used in a boy's room much the same way as ladybugs. They pair well with a nature theme, and yellow looks good with green colors. A bumblebee theme is also adorable for a baby boy's nursery. Crisp black, white and yellow color schemes are visually stimulating for babies, and according to color theorists yellow encourages happiness.

    Bee decorations come in four different sizes: 2-by-2 inch or 3-by-3 inch mini bees, 5-by-4 inch small, and 10-by-6 inch medium. The designs all have smiling painted faces, and look adorable decorating a baby's bedroom. Bee-themed wall stickers are also available, including alphabet letters and a quote sticker that reads “I'm bringing home a baby bumblebee ... Wont my mommy be so proud of me!”

  • Bugs-n-Blooms Holiday Decor

    When you think of holiday decorating, butterflies and flowers probably aren't the first things that come to mind. But Bugs-n-Blooms decorations are surprisingly versatile. You can use wall letters to spell-out holiday phrases, add small nylon decorations to your collection of Christmas ornaments, and incorporate other decorations throughout your holiday home design.

    Flower Arranging with Butterflies and Bugs

    Wall Letters

    Bugs-n-Blooms' alphabet letters are re-usable, vinyl wall clings. They work best on smooth, indoor surfaces like glass, metal, sanded wood or drywall painted with a flat, satin or egg-shell finish. They will not stick to rough, textured surfaces or walls that have been painted within the last 30 days. Once you have a good spot for them, though, they are easy to hang – just peal and stick. See “How to Apply Wall Decals” for more tips.

    Alphabet designs include butterflies, flowers, and ladybugs in a wide range of colors like red, green and purple. For holiday decorating, you can use these letters to spell-out a festive word or phrase. It can be a simple phrase like “Noel” or “Merry Christmas,” or you can choose a slightly longer Christmas quote. Other ideas include a short line from a song, like “Silent night, holy night” or “Have a holly, jolly Christmas.”


    The nylon fabric decorations from Bugs-n-Blooms come in several different sizes, and the smaller sizes would work well as Christmas ornaments. Butterfly and dragonfly decorations come in 2- by 2-inch and 3- by 3-inch mini sizes, as well as 5- by 4-inch and 7- by 5-inch small sizes, depending on the design. Bee decorations come in the 2- by 2-inch, 3- by 3-inch, and 5- by 4-inch sizes. Smaller ladybug decorations are either 2- by 2-inch mini or 4- by 3-inch small sizes. The 2-inch, 4-inch, and 6-inch diameter flower decorations can also work as ornaments.

    These decorations come with a hanging hoop and attached fishing line, which make it easy to attach them to the branches of a Christmas tree. They come in a wide range of colors, and complement many decorating styles while adding some variety to your ornaments.

    Other Decorations

    The larger versions of Bugs-n-Blooms' butterfly, dragonfly, flower, bee and ladybug decorations work well suspended from ceilings or walls. If you have a large fireplace, they can be used to decorate the mantle as well, as long as the fabric wings and petals are kept away from open flames. Available decorations also include curtain tie-backs and mobiles to hang from the ceiling.

    For more ideas about how to use Bugs-n-Blooms decorations for the holidays, just look through a list of holiday decorating ideas. If you see an idea you like, think about how it might look with a cute red ladybug or a little green butterfly. Just a few of the ways Bugs and bloom decorations can be used is adding them to evergreen wreaths and ribbons swags, perching them on pine cones or decorative letters, and using them in floral arrangements.

  • DIY Bugs-n-Blooms Holiday Branches

    Some of the most beautiful and easy DIY decorations for the holidays are ones made from tree branches. They might be covered in glitter, or speckled with pretty little decorations. Before you start to decorate the branches, take moment to consider how you want to use them. You can find tree branches in all shapes and sizes, and you'll want to make sure the branches you choose for your craft project are small or large enough to fit where you want them.

    small mini butterflies decor

    Glittering Branches

    You'll Need:

    • newspapers
    • glass glitter
    • tacky glue
    • paint brush
    • tree branches
    • jar or vase


    1. Spread newspapers over your work area to keep the glue and glitter from getting everywhere.
    2. Pour glitter into the center of the newspaper.
    3. Using the paint brush, coat one branch at a time with tacky glue wherever you want them to glitter. Brush smoothly, and avoid big clumps.
    4. Roll the branch in the glitter, folding the newspaper as needed to keep the glitter in the middle.
    5. Place the end of the branch in a jar or vase, and allow the glue to dry for about 45 minutes.

    You can use the glittering branches as they are, or continue adding decorations like artificial berries, moss, or tiny insect and flower decorations (see steps below). These glittering branches look lovely as part of a holiday floral arrangement, or even simply laid out across a mantle or down a dining room table with candles.

    Bugs-n-Bloom Branches

    You'll Need:


    1. If your mini decorations come with fishing line and an attached hoop, remove them.
    2. Let the glue gun warm up before using it. Then, squeeze a small amount of glue onto the tree branch where you want to put the decoration. Press decoration onto the glue.
    3. Be careful not to touch the hot glue with your fingers, since it will burn skin. If you do get hot glue on our fingers, dip them in cold water immediately.
    4. Repeat for each decoration, and wait for the glue to cool completely. Once cool, you can clip-off any strings of glue that are hanging to the project using small craft scissors.

    Take the time to think about where you're going to place these decorated branches before you start gluing. If they'll be in a vase that can be seen from all sides, you'll want to place the insect or flower decorations differently than if the branches will be lying on a mantle, sideboard, or table.

  • Winter Bridal Shower Themes

    Having a theme for a bridal shower helps with several planning choices. When you have a theme, that helps narrow down ideas for styles of invitations, decorations, and even menu options. For brides getting married in the winter, seasonal themes like Winter Wonderland or a holiday theme are excellent choices that can fit surprisingly well with Bugs-n-Blooms decorations.

    Flower & Butterfly Decorations Handmade Candle Holders

    Planning Checklist

    Choosing a date, making a guest list, determining a location, and picking a theme are the first things to do when hosting a bridal shower. Don't forget to ask the bride for her input as well! You'll want to mail invitations about 4 weeks before the shower date, or perhaps earlier since it's a busy time of the year with other holiday parties on the calendar. To make sure you don't miss anything, you can use an online checklist like the Bridal Shower Planning Checklist from

    Planning a menu depends on what time of day you're hosting a shower. If the party will be over by 11:30 in the morning, breakfast foods are a good choice. Early afternoon showers can focus on finger foods, and later showers might serve a full meal. A dessert buffet is another option if hosting the shower after the dinner hour. For a winter shower, be sure to include warm beverages  as part of the menu.

    Winter Themes

    Ideas for a winter bridal shower include a Winter Wonderland theme with beautiful ice and snowflake decorations, a Holiday theme that incorporates Christmas decorations, and a cozy theme with a hot chocolate bar to keep warm.

    Use your chosen theme on the invitations first. For a Winter Wonderland party, clean white invitations with silvery snowflakes are a good choice. Holiday theme invitations might use a red, green, and gold color scheme. If you're overlaying the winter theme with a housewares, kitchen, bath, or lingerie shower, mention that in the invitation as well so the guest will know what type of gift to bring.


    White and blue decorations are lovely for a Winter Wonderland shower. Snowflakes are an obvious choice, but flower decorations like the ones from Bugs-n-Blooms also look nice. Blue and white multi-layered flowers have a lovely icy-blue color with glitter sparkles. Blue or white color options are also available in several other handing decorations, mini flowers, and on  curtain tie-backs, which can be tied around chairs or pillars as well as curtains.

    Flower decorations are also available in green, which looks nice with red ladybugs in a Christmas theme, and in earthy tones like orange and brown to go with a cozy theme reminiscent of of snuggling up by the fire and sipping hot cocoa. Other decorating ideas for a winter-theme bridal shower include using Christmas ornaments as place card holders, hanging Holiday lights around the room, and decorating with snowflake garlands.

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