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A Gift: Fresh Flowers on a Whim

One of my favorite things is to receive is a bouquet of flowers! I needed to come up with a quick THANK YOU gift for a family friend. Let’s put it this way, if it wasn’t for her, all 3 of my children wouldn’t be as smart as they are and they would have all drown in a pool. Just kidding! But she has been the best preschool and swim teacher to all of my children.

Keep in mind when you are giving a gift, you want to take out most, if not all, of the work. Same idea goes for giving someone flowers. Do all the prep work so that all they have to do is give you a big hug, say thank you and pop them in a vase. Bam! No work for your friend! So here are some tips to whip up a gorgeous bouquet of fresh flowers that are both quick and inexpensive.

Yesterday I was at Trader Joe’s and right when you walk in, the bushels of flowers grabbed my attention.

Once you decide on a color scheme and buy your flowers, you will need a few extra things to make it extra special:

Butcher paper
flower twine (in my case, I didn’t have it in my stash so I used a large gold paperclip)
thick twine
painted clothespin
a gift tag.

I take the flowers out of their plastic and remove any hanging leaves. It gives it a fresh clean look.

When making the arrangement, I start with the longer flowers in the back and then arrange the shorter flowers in the front.

You want to make sure that it looks cohesive and balanced before twisting the floral wire tightly around the stems. This step make sure you keep everything in its place.

I like to cover the wire with either ribbon or twine. It just gives it a little extra unique touch to your gift.

Next, you will want to trim the stems to make them all the same length. I heard once (so I do this every time) that you should cut your flowers at an angle as opposed to straight across.  Plus, I think they look prettier with a diagonal cut.

Wrap your flowers in paper and secure it with twine. Then add your gift tag with a painted clothespin. I love that extra touch!

Now they are ready for your friend to unwrap it and place in a vase of water!
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9 Responses to A Gift: Fresh Flowers on a Whim

  1. This wrapping is great – I never really thought about it before, but you're right. When I receive flowers having to unwrap them and clean up all the mess afterwards is the worst part! This is brilliant!

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