Friday, February 15, 2013

Don’t Throw Away Your Valentine’s Day Flowers, Recycle Them into Something New!

Some dried flowers, fresh flowers and a lovely name necklace!

Valentine’s Day has come and gone and now you have a beautiful bouquet of flower sitting in a vase for everyone to see! Flowers on this special day are a very romantic gesture, and every time you walk by them, you are instantly reminded of your sweetie! But after a week or so, the flowers start to wilt and the only thing you can think of is to throw them away! (And this is surely now a symbol of your love and affection for your significant other!) Sure, you have some other great gifts, including a beautiful name necklace or another piece of personalized jewelry, but you want to keep the flowers as well in some form. If you are thinking your only option is to throw them away, you thought wrong! Here are some great, easy-to-do ideas of what you can do with your Valentine’s Day flowers so you can treasure them much longer!!

Dry the flowers

One of the easiest things to do is to dry your flowers. Tie your flowers together and hang them upside down. This will not only dry the flowers, but also preserve their shape. Then put them back in the vase for a truly unique bouquet.

Turn flower into candles

This is an especially fun craft idea if you like having decorative candles around your house or you know someone who loves candles and has a birthday coming up! Just go to any local craft store and pick up candlewicks, crayons (or if you have any old scraps of candle wax, you can use those), and something to hold the candles, such as shot glasses or glass mugs. Put the crayons or scrap candle wax in a microwave-safe container and heat on low in small intervals until melted. While it is melting, put cooking spray in your glass container. Once done melting, pour the wax into the mold and add bits of flowers while pouring. When the glass is full, put the wick inside and hold it until it can stand on its own. Once hardened, you can leave in the glass container or take it out.

Make some potpourri

Take the flower petals and place them in a sealed jar with a variety of spices, including cinnamon sticks and whole cloves. You can also put other fun things inside the jar like a little bit of glitter, pinecones, and dried berries. Anything that you think would look nice in your potpourri. Also add a bit of dried lavender to maintain the smell of fresh flowers. Once everything is in the jar, close it up tight and put in a dark place for 3-4 weeks. Once it is done and you want to transfer it to a sachet, add just a few drops of an unscented alcohol to allow the fragrances to release.

Make some soap

This is a great idea because it also helps you do something with those small soap remnants that are too small to use to wash your hands but you don’t want to throw away. Take the soap pieces and grate them up. Put the soap in a microwave-safe container and heat it in small intervals until malleable. While forming your new soap, gently press the flower petals into it and then allow it to set. You will have beautiful, homemade decorative soap!
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