Easy Valentine Flowers

Put together this great-looking gift in minutes.
Ellen Ruoff Riley

A bouquet of pretty blooms is the classic Valentine calling card. While roses hold the customary place in this romantic holiday's traditions, other options are poised to become new favorites. Put together our simple arrangement for a great treat that's easy on the budget.

A New Look
Tulips, ranunculus, and anemones are the perfect flowers for the job. They're in season and reasonably priced right now, while their counterparts--roses--are at their yearly peak in cost. Shop early for seasonal gift bags. Choose sturdy ones with flat bottoms and firmly attached handles; discount stores have good-looking bargains. If you prefer, place the flowers in a miniature brown paper bag with a sentimental, handwritten message on the outside.

Once you've made your purchases, you can assemble this remembrance in just a matter of minutes. Here's how.

Materials

  • 1 bunch tulips (10 stems)
  • scissors or florist snips
  • floral preservative
  • 14-ounce coffee can or a large jar
  • florist tape
  • Valentine gift bag

Step 1: Cut the rubber band that holds the flowers together, and trim an inch from the bottom of each stem. Remove excess foliage, leaving only a few leaves. Put stems in a bucket of clean water with floral preservative, and place in a cool, dark location for several hours or overnight to condition the flowers.
 

 

 Step 2: Make a grid across the can opening with florist tape to accommodate several stems in each square. Wrap tape around the container several times to secure all pieces.

Step 3: Fill the can halfway full of water. Place it inside the gift bag, and arrange the flowers, distributing stems evenly within the grid.

Step 4: Deliver the arrangement. The blooms last longer in a cool environment, so don't leave them in a warm car for long.

Florist secret: The tulip is one of the few flowers that continue to grow after being cut, so the arrangement will change a little bit each day.

More Ideas

If you want to make an even bigger impression, there's still a little room in the bag. Here are additional options to include.

  • Sparkling wine--a split will do
  • Chocolate truffles
  • Scented candle
  • Bubble bath
  • Invitation to dinner
  • A shimmering bauble in a small velvet box