Thursday, February 10, 2011

“I Heart You” Bouquet

Nothing says lovin’ like a handmade “I Heart You” Bouquet!  These bouquets make a heartfelt gift for parents, aunts, grandparents and teachers. Collect a few basic supplies, reuse an empty plastic bottle, and gather the kids for an afternoon of Valentine’s Day fun!

-plastic container, stripped of label – grated cheese container pictured
-2 – 3 hearts on sticks (if you can’t find them already on sticks, you can glue wooden hearts to dowels or craft sticks)
-paint: yellow, pink, blue and red are shown, but you can use any color you like
-paint brushes
-gem stickers for embellishing
-green pipe cleaners
-2 – 3 four-inch round doilies (a red heart doily is pictured in the supplies, but not used in the final bouquet)
-blue or clear glass marbles or gems (found in the floral department of craft store)

Step 1: Using your choice of colors, paint the wooden hearts- allow them to dry.

Step 2: Paint the center of the doilies yellow, then paint the outer edge as desired; allow the flowers to dry.

Step 3: Wrap the pipe cleaners around the heart sticks to create the green “stems.”  To create “stems” for the flowers, “twist” additional pipe cleaners around a wooden dowel, as pictured, and slide them off so that they are springy and flexible.  Alternately, you can keep them straight if you prefer.

Step 4: Affix each doily “flower” to a green pipe cleaner “stem” simply by taping the stem to the back of the flower.

Step 5: Using gem stickers, embellish the hearts as desired. Or you could choose to write sweet sayings on the hearts instead, such as “Hug Me” or “Mom Rocks”

Step 6: Place the glass marbles or gems into the bottom of the plastic container.  Arrange the doily flowers and decorated hearts by inserting the “stems” into the glass gems at the bottom of the container. Add a matching ribbon and your “I Heart You” Bouquet is ready for delivery!  

- Angela
  Angel Fish Boutique

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