Customize a Store-Bought Bouquet for Valentine’s Day

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Tulips are my favorite flower.  No roses, no lillies, no gerbera daisies for this girl.  I love the sleek, architectural beauty of tulips.  My husband and I aren’t an uber-romantic couple, but when he does get me flowers he always remembers to buy tulips.  It’s important that he get cut tulips since I have such a terrible track record with houseplants.  Give me a love fern, and I will have killed it in under a week.

 
To make store-bought flowers a bit more special, you can add a little DIY touch to it. I made some quick clay hearts using pantry staples to customize the bouquet.  You can too!
Bake Clay Hearts
I used the same recipe and process for these hearts that I did for the clay ornaments I made around Christmas, minus the glitter.  You can get kids involved in this craft because it’s just like making  cut-out cookies!
 

Form Hearts around Foil

For a few of the hearts, I rolled up a length of aluminum foil and laid the clay hearts over it.  This gave the hearts a little bit of dimension.  Bake the hearts at 175 for an hour and let them cool.
 

Decorate Clay Hearts

After the hearts cooled, I decorated them with gold and silver permanent markers. Again, you could get kiddos involved in the decorating process (just be careful — PERMANENT markers, remember?).
 

DIY Clay Hearts

 
You can use these little hearts in a bunch of different ways.  I turned them into floral picks, vase embellishments, and table scatter!
 

Add the hearts to pics

I glued two hearts to wooden skewers and added them to the display of flowers.
 

Add Clay Hearts to Vase

I glued another heart to the front of the glass vase.
Valentine's Day Bouquet
Finally I scattered a few more hearts on the table around the vase.  It makes for a cute, personal-looking gift that is different from all the other grocery store or floral shop bouquets that will be handed out on Valentine’s Day.
 
If you are looking for more flower craft inspiration check out these Pinterest boards.
 

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