Valentines Day (is coming, are you ready?)

February 5, 2011

Flowers and candy are the cornerstones of Valentines day gift giving.  They are sweet and romantic and I love the traditional nature of them, but cheap chocolate and grocery store flowers can be disappointing, let’s be honest.  I searched the internet for just the right project to suggest as a Valentines day gift and decided that this DIY project ( found on MarthaStewart.com ) is simple enough for anyone to attempt, and you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on the supplies… most of it you can pick up at the grocery store – although I recommend your local flower shop for the freshest flowers.   I happen to like the pastel version better because the candy hearts so remind me of being a kid, but both versions are pretty.  Oh, but if you do decide to make one keep in mind that in needs to be placed next to a lamp ( see above ) LOL.  If you’re looking to create something special for your valentine this year, look no further.  Here is the info you’ll need to impress the love in your life with a homemade floral arrangement.

Tools and Materials
2 nesting glass vases or containers (such as a drinking glass), one shorter and at least an inch narrower
Cinnamon heart candies (about 1 1/2 pounds)
2 dozen tulips
Rubber band
Floral or other knife

Candy Vase How-To
1. Place a vase inside another that’s taller and at least 1 inch wider; if the rims don’t align, add candy to the outer vase to eliminate the height difference. Fill the gap between vases with candy. Fill small vase halfway with water.

2. Secure stems of a tight bunch of flowers with a rubber band; trim evenly with a sharp knife.

3. Set bouquet inside smaller vase. Add more water if necessary. This arrangement will last 5 to 7 days.

 

Read more and find additional projects at Marthastewart.com:

Candy and Tulip Bouquet – Martha Stewart Home and Garden

 

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