I thought, considering it is Valentine’s Day today, that I had made my last Valentine post for this year. But my online Google+ friend Martha Oliver inspired me to make my own version of this red and white Valentine bouquet in a recycled coffee creamer bottle.
I had all the supplies and I needed a quick Valentine’s Day gift for a neighbour who spent last night in hospital. Within 15 minutes, following Martha’s example, I also had a cheerful and loving bouquet, arranged in an old Coffee Mate powered creamer jar.
» approximately 15 inches of red Valentine garland (or Valentine theme ribbon)
» double-sided adhesive tape
» three or more red silk roses, tulips or similar flowers with stems
» two or three red glitter heart picks
» white accent flowers, either attached to the red flowers, or with stems of their own
» glitter heart stickers or Valentine theme stickers
» a few pebbles or marbles to add as weight
» paper towel or floral foam
Remove the lid of the plastic creamer bottle and set aside. Place the stemmed tulips or roses into the container and check to make sure that the molded container seams are on either side of the arrangement.
Drop some pebbles or marbles at the front, sides and back of the flower stems to provide weight and anchor the stems in place at the bottom of the bottle. Push a paper towel, some tissue paper, or pieces of floral foam into the middle of the bottle, all around the flowers. This will keep the arrangement from slip-sliding all over the place.
Insert any filler flowers, such as white baby’s breath, into spaces among the green leaves.
Arrange the three red glitter heart picks in the center of the arrangement.
Place an even strip of double-sided adhesive tape around the top of the bottle, covering the screw-top lines. Beginning and ending at the back, wind the piece of metallic Valentine garland around the tape, pressing down as you go. If you don’t have double-sided adhesive tape, you could hot glue the garland into place or just secure the ends at the back with a twist tie or small piece of thread.
Finally, add an assortment of Valentine hearts, stickers, or other romantic embellishments. Present with a flourish and a heart-warming smile!