Red roses are lovely, but a Valentine’s Day bouquet of hand-crafted flowers is better. This article features three different ideas for bouquets of hand-crafted flowers. It’s never been easier to make your own hand-crafted Valentine’s Day flowers. This Valentine’s Day, go playful with a dozen long-stemmed Duct Tape roses. Or, round up a few packets of flower seeds, learn some basic paper-making technique, and give a bouquet of paper flowers that the lucky recipient can actually plant! You can even capture the delicacy of red roses by making a bouquet out of tissue or crepe paper. No matter which of these Valentine’s Day bouquets you choose, your lucky giftee will appreciate that you put your time and energy into making something so personal instead of just popping out to a florist to pick up some red roses.
Duct Tape Roses
A playful bouquet
Duct tape roses are a fun, contemporary twist on the classic Valentine’s Day bouquet of red roses. These funky, stylish flowers are more playful than red roses, but the fact that they’re handcrafted makes them as meaningful as they are light-hearted. It makes plenty of sense why duct tape roses especially popular among, and appropriate for, teenagers and young adults, who are looking for ways to express their feelings without seeming too “serious.” But they’re not just for teens: for lovers of any age, duct tape roses are sure to bring a smile and maybe even a laugh, along with a whole lot of warmth. A few minutes with any search engine will bring up a multitude of tutorials for how to make duct tape roses, and it’s easy enough that even someone who’s not usually “crafty” will be able to master the technique.
A Paper Bouquet That Grows Real Flowers
A gift that keeps on giving
Red roses are beautiful, but they only last a week or two at the absolute most. This Valentine’s Day, give a hand-crafted bouquet that will blossom for much, much longer by making paper flowers that are actually plantable. By making bio-degradable homemade paper that has flower seeds embedded in its pulp, you can give the gift of a future garden to your beloved this Valentine’s Day. The lucky giftee can plant the “flowers” in dirt, and watch them blossom into real buds! With red roses, they only get a bouquet once, but with these Valentine’s Day flowers, they’ll get a bouquet twice: once when you give them the paper flowers, and again when the real flowers bloom.
Just follow regular papermaking instructions, adding a packet of flower seeds to your pulp after you blend it, but before you pour it into the screen. When the paper dries, the seeds will be embedded right in the paper! Make it into a bouquet by cutting out flower shapes from your paper, tape them on to pipe cleaner “stems,” and present your bouquet along with a card featuring the simple instructions for how to plant the flowers: just rip off a small piece of the paper, bury it in soil, and water, just as you would any flower seeds. The paper will bio-degrade and help fertilize the flowers.
Crepe And Tissue Flowers
Delicate and elegant as the real thing
Part of the appeal of a bouquet of red roses is its delicacy. You can capture this aspect of red roses by making a bouquet that has elegant, delicate petals made from tissue or crepe paper. Tissue paper flowers are a classic craft, and have been made in the U.S. since Victorian times, so they have a lineage that’s heartily appropriate for Valentine’s Day. With crepe and tissue flowers, you can make a bouquet that’s a lot more personal than a bunch of red roses. Choose your favorite colors, or your beloved’s favorite colors, and get ready to make a one of a kind bouquet that will stay in full, colorful bloom forever. There are many methods for how to make crepe and tissue flowers: these were very “in vogue” in the 1950s and 60s, so vintage craft books are a great source for techniques, but you can also find instructions by searching online or at your local library.