Created by: KC Coake, The Real Thing with the Coake Family
I've got a simple and beautiful DIY gift idea for you that is great for Valentine's day, teacher appreciation day, a sick friend or a pick me up for someone going through the loss of a loved one or a hard time.
To start with, I visited my local Kroger and bought grower's bunches of carnations. The grower's bunches are great because they are one type of flower and are generally very reasonably priced. I went with pink, mini red and white carnations since I was thinking of Valentine's Day (National Carnation Day in January 29th). You can easily change the colors for the occasion or holiday. I added some baby's breath to use as filler.
- I started with 6 stems of pink, 6 stems of white, 4 stems of mini red, and 2 stems of baby's breath. Vary yours according to your color scheme, but I think it is nice to have more than one color.
- Cut the stems. You can see that I cut mine a good 4-6".
- To make a bouquet you can carry, start with tissue or wrapping paper cut to 18.5 x 14".
- Lay three stems of flowers on the paper. You can see that I varied the colors. Then add another layer of flowers. Mixing up the colors and since this is going to be a carried bouquet; you can bring the flowers down just slightly with each layer.
- If you are worried that your flowers will shift around, you can place a rubber band around the ends. Just place it up high enough that you won't see it and it will be covered by the paper.
- I used both tissue and wrapping paper to give a sturdy and pretty look. If you are doing the same, carefully wrap the tissue paper over the flowers and tuck it underneath, folding the tissue back so as to not cover the flowers.
- Do the same thing on the opposite side and repeat again if you are using a wrapping paper layer.
- Finally, tie your bouquet with some pretty and/or matching ribbon and add a tag - printable tags here!