Flowers are one of the most short-lived tokens of affection (aside from a box of fine Belgian chocolates.) As a couple we’ve decided that everyday gestures of affection don’t need to carry an unnecessary end to life. So in my world, flowers are even more special, because they are an occasion-only gift. When my fiance does surprise me with a bouquet, I like to find ways to keep the bouquet and its memory living long after the vase-phase, in a way that’s more than just your mom’s potpourri. Enter my first DIY: How to Save Flowers post.
Much like flowers, I love having candles around the house but feel that their experience too, is short lived. After using a candle I usually end up throwing away the candle holder. I realized that by combining two purely aesthetic things – candles and flowers – I could add a more cozy touch to my home and save flowers that have fond memories attached to them. First…
- Find a large used candle holder for all the flowers you want to save and remove all the labels.
- Take a knife or scissors to break and remove the remaining candle wax.
- Gather the dried flowers you want to save and cut them just below the bulb. Here I am using a bouquet of mixed pink roses from my engagement last November.
- Layer your flowers facing outward and alternating colors. Keep layering until you’ve filled till below the neck of the candle holder.
- Use a knife to remove the plastic lining of the cap. Turn the cap upside down and place it back on the candle holder so the top of the cap goes inside the holder.
- Place a lit tealight inside the cap and enjoy a lasting romantic touch to your decor.