This year for Valentines Day, I wasn’t sure what I should give to my boyfriend. I wracked my brains and thought hard about it…suddenly it popped into my head: a personalized flower jar! Read more after the jump!
As usual, we’ll be using things you can find around the house. For this mini project, you’ll need:
- A clear jar of some sort (A tinted one might look nice though!)
- Photos of you two love birds
- Flowers of any kind (I used Baby’s Breath)
- Long sticks (I used the fragrance sticks that come with those scented oil sets)
- Any kind of filler to put in the jar
First off, you’ll want to make sure you have a jar big enough for the photos you want to put in it, or have the photos be small enough to fit in the jar. Make sure you measure the jar first and resize photos accordingly. Printing from the computer is probably the easiest way to go.
Photos that work really well in the jar are Spinner 360 photos, as they are, long and can go all the way around the jar. But really, any photos work fine.
After you’ve cut out all of the photos, roll the first photo that you want at the bottom of the jar and push it down. It should stay there because the general nature of the paper is to want to flatten out, so hopefully it will stay against the glass. Continue pushing in photos until you’ve covered the inside of the jar with cute couple pictures!
Next are the decorations; cut hearts out of different photos, three hearts per stick. Make sure their all the same size! Then, tape the sides of the three hearts together and you should have a nice 3-D heart! After you’ve made as many of these as you like, tape the sticks into the inside of the hearts.
Once you’ve finished everything, you can fill the jar with anything: marbles, sand, bb pellets, dirt, etc. I filled it with negative scraps. You can then insert the hearts sticks and they should stay where you place them.
At this point, it’s really up to you what you put inside the jar. Some people think it’s weird to give men flowers, but honestly, I don’t think it matters, it’s really the photos that make the piece. You can choose to put a small bouquet in it, or you can, like me, fill it with Baby’s Breath (it’s hard to tell when it dies so you can keep it longer. And even then, it’s still pretty!) to put the attention on the photos rather than the flowers. You can also put a ribbon around the lip of the jar if you like.
And there you have it! A personalized centerpiece for your loved one.
Creative crafts and words by Natalie Fong. Originally from Taipei, Taiwan. Natalie now lives in Honolulu, Hawaii. Read articles on the Creative Corner series.