Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Whatever your marital status, I hope you are feeling loved and appreciated today. The ability to love is one of the great things about being human, and I always marvel at how love (familial, romantic, platonic, friendly, etc) just has this amazing power to enhance our lives and bring smiles to our faces. I hope you have a chance to tell the ones you love how you feel about them today, even if it’s just by picking up the phone and telling your parents you miss them, or writing a little note to your children in their lunchbox. Or, hey, big romantic gestures always work, too 😉
I am really excited about today’s post because I get to introduce you to one of my favourite people: Marina! Marina has been one of my best friends since we met in art class in the 8th grade in high school, and we’ve always shared an enthusiastic appreciation of all things yummy and crafty. She’s the one who taught me all about Pinterest (gasp, yes, there WAS a time before I spent every waking moment on Pinterest) and who I’ve embarked on some of my most crafty adventures with, including taking on cake decorating projects and party planning ventures beyond anything we’d done before. On today’s blog, Marina is going to be our guest blogger, and has put together a step-by-step tutorial for the most unique, yummiest looking bouquet I’ve seen. I love that this bouquet can be adapted for lots of different occasions: I could see really cute university-graduation-themed bouquets or personalized, after-performance candy bouquets for the performer in your life. Take a read through her post below, and let her know in the comments what you think!
Who says bouquets only have to consist of flowers?: A DIY Personalized Bouquet in 4 Easy Steps!
Guest Blogger: Marina
First off, thank you Urbanista at Home for letting me do a guest feature on your blog today.
Before we get into the tutorial, let me tell you a little about myself. My name is Marina and like many of you reading this, I truly do consider myself an “urbanista at home”. As much as I love being a working city girl, checking out the latest restaurants and things going on in my city, what I love more is what others would think of as “housewife” hobbies.
For me it all started when I was probably about 7 years old and started to take up baking with my big sister from the big sister’s program. For years, every time there was a class party, we would get together and bake goodies for my classmates. Although baking (and cooking) is still my primary hobby, over the last few years I’ve become a bit more “crafty” and started taking up paper crafts and other DIY projects, mostly home décor/organization related. The main reason I started doing these crafts and projects is because something store bought is rarely ever exactly what I want and quite often I can make something similar for cheaper with my own unique touch to it.
Seeing that today is Valentine’s Day, I’ve decided to share with you this personalized bouquet that I made for my boyfriend this year.
A few weeks ago my boyfriend surprised me with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Being him, of course he teased me by saying “how come you never get me flowers?” I joked back saying that there aren’t any manly flowers and that didn’t know how much he’d appreciate a bouquet of twigs and two by fours.
With February 14th quickly sneaking up, I thought of his little joke every time I passed a store selling flowers or saw some sort of advertising for Valentine’s Day. I considered sending him one of those candy bouquets but like most Valentine’s Day gifts, it cost a fortune, plus I couldn’t find one filled with candy he actually liked. That’s when I decided that I was going to make him a personalized bouquet, not with just candy, but also a few other things he likes and call it a “man bouquet”
I thought I had a great new idea that I could trademark and make millions off of. Unfortunately, a quick search on Pinterest confirmed that I am not the first one to think of making “man bouquets”.
The great thing about this gift is that is completely customizable to the receiver and can be done for any occasion or person in your life. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day (and my love for cheesy things), I decide to add a few heart decorative accents to my bouquet. Not very manly but I couldn’t help myself. At the end of the day, all that matters is that the bulk of it consists of things I know my boyfriend will like.
There are only three essentials you really need for this DIY: A base to put your “stems” in (ie a vase, plant pot, etc), a glue gun and some wooden dowels or popsicle sticks to glue your items onto. After you have those things, the rest is up to you and you can make it as simple or elaborate as you want
WHAT I USED:
- Wooden dowels
- Glue Gun
- Decorative heart accents
- Liquor miniatures
- Various types of candy, cookies and chocolates my boyfriend likes to attach to the wooden dowels (the mints are not an insult, he’s just a little odd and eats mints like candy)
- Clear plastic bag
- Candy to fill the vase
- Rubber band
HOW I DID IT
Step 1: Line the inside of the vase with the clear plastic bag and fill with candy.
Step 2: Using a hot glue gun, glue the wooden dowels to the back of the treats. Allow a cooling time of 5-10 minutes for glue to dry.
Step 3: Arrange your goodies and decorative accents in the vase.
Step 4: Tie a ribbon around the vase.
And there you have it! A personal, quick and easy gift for that special someone. The whole project took me about an hour, if that. For me, the only time consuming part was getting together what I wanted to put in the bouquet and that’s mostly because finding liquor miniatures is not as easy as I thought where I live as not all liquor stores carry them. As per usual, other ideas to make this bouquet better came to mind after I completed it such as adding bacon flowers or using an empty beer growler for the base. Oh well, there’s always next time!
Happy Valentine’s Day!