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Do It Yourself Vase Decorating Ideas

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One of the best things about getting people flowers is that it allows you to show how much your care about them. However, you might feel that it’s impersonal to just buy your significant other flowers from a regular flower store instead of getting the bouquets yourself. Since most people don’t have access to the flowers that they need or have any particular flower arranging skill, then customizing the vase might be one of the best options for personalizing your generous gift. Here are some ideas for personalizing vases and florist-arranged bouquets to make your gift truly special. 1. Decoupage the Vase With Sheet Music One way to make a regular vase special is to add something that your significant other cares about. If you significant other plays an instrument or simply loves music, one easy thing that you could do is to cover a vase with sheet music. You can purchase cheap sheet music from any used bookstore, or just download it from online and print it out on white paper. Once you have the sheet music, cut it into strips with one bar of music in each strip. Then, take glue and put it into a small cup. Mix it so that it is one part glue and three parts water. Dip a paintbrush into the glue and paint some glue onto the back of one of the scraps of sheet music. Put it onto the vase. Continue doing this until the entire vase is covered with bars of music. Some of the pieces of paper should overlap. After the vase is covered and somewhat dry, use the remainder of the glue and water mixture to paint a thin coat over all of the paper. This will make the vase shine and provide a protective layer for the sheet music. Then, buy a bouquet of flowers from the florist and your gift is ready to go. 2. Use Old Rain Boots Go to a thrift shop and see if they have any rain boots for sale. If the boots are ugly, go to a craft store and pick up some paint in a color that you like. Either paint the boots so that they are to your aesthetic satisfaction, or simply purchase a bouquet of flowers and put them in the boots. Daisies are an excellent choice for this project. 3. Use Bracelets and Ribbon If you have a thin vase, consider wrapping ribbon around the vase to spruce it up. All you have to do is glue one end to vase and then wrap the ribbon tightly so that it stays on the vase. Glue the other end of the ribbon. To embellish the vase, put elastic, beaded bracelets on the stem. For more ideas, talk to a florist like Ciano...

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It’s Alive! 3 Things You Should Know About Sending Living Floral Gifts

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When it’s time to order a bouquet for a loved one, you may wonder how long the blooms will stay fresh. Most floral arrangements will be made up of longer-lasting blooms, but even these may only hold up for a week or two at the most. If you’d like to give a floral gift that will last for years, consider sending a living plant instead. Here’s what you should know about sending a living floral gift: Potted plants are colourful, too. Some people believe that live plant gifts are boring, or that they aren’t very colourful because they’re composed of only green foliage. But florists make up gorgeous arrangements of live plants that rival the most stunning cut-flower bouquets. Bright red miniature roses, vibrant purple African violets, and other colourful blooming plants are often interspersed with ferns, ivy, and philodendrons in arrangements to create bright and beautiful displays. Even an all-foliage dish planter can be accented with stems of cut flowers for colour now and long-lasting plants long after the blooms fade. Some plants, including Kalanchoe, offer lovely flower displays all on their own, and they will continue to grow and bloom indoors. Floral shops carry the most popular houseplants. There are several good reasons why plants like Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily) and Schefflera are so beloved. Houseplants like these two are relatively easy to care for, they grow large but not overwhelmingly so, and they add fresh greenery and oxygen to the home. These gift houseplants arrive in large pots which are often set in woven baskets and accented with ribbons and other decorations to make them festive. If your floral shop carries Peace Lilies and many other low-maintenance houseplants, they’ll be happy to assist you in choosing the right one for your recipient. Some potted floral gifts can be planted outside. Many gift plants can be moved outdoors to be enjoyed in the garden. Mums, miniature roses, and ivy plants should do well outdoors in most growing zones. In areas with severe winters, the plants can be left potted and moved indoors before any big freezes. When ordering gifts of flowering plants like azaleas, hydrangeas, and gardenias to be planted outdoors, check to be sure which type of plant you’re sending. These lovely small shrubs come in two basic varieties: greenhouse plants and hardy plants. Greenhouse plants are meant to be grown indoors, although they won’t mind going outside for a bit in the late spring and summer. They will re-bloom indoors when cared for properly. Hardy plants are grown for outdoor planting, but only if you’re in the proper zone for the particular plants, so check to see which growing zone your recipient lives in before ordering. Most florists send only greenhouse varieties of flowering shrubs to be enjoyed indoors, but they can often order hardier varieties for outdoor planting if you ask. For more information on living gifts, contact a company like Joanna’s...

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