Monday, January 23, 2012

Thinking Valentine's Day #1

Happy Monday everyone! As February 14 is just around the corner, I prepared some Valentine- inspired posts. Mini projects and creative ideas I hope you'll like!
When it's mid January, I start itching for Spring, and love having forced bulbs and primroses potted all around my home... The other day my Mom presented me a couple of hyacinths, I removed them from their ugly plastic containers, and arranged in upcycled jam jars. I added a few creative touches like a love label and wooden hearts... aren't they cute?


Found this old gardening book last week, and had to bring it home with me. Every keen gardener needs a very vintage gardening book, right?:)

I thought you may like to make these too, to treat yourself to a bit of Spring or to give. You can make them with your kids too, they'll love them.

Materials needed:
- forced bulbs
- jam jars (I used Bonne Maman because they have a wide- mouth opening that allows the bulb to be inserted without any damage)
- jute ribbon
- bakers twine (or ribbon, any kind)
- hearts (any type)
- lollipop sticks
- hot glue gun
- chalkboard paint (or black paint)
- scissors
- brush

Instructions:

1. Wrap the jam jar in jute ribbon and baker's twine (or ribbon). You can add a heart if you want.
2. Remove the bulb from the plastic pot, and put delicately in the jar, without damaging the root ball. Leave about 1 in (2 cm) at the bottom of the jar.
3. Paint the lollipop stick with chalkboard paint, attach the heart with a dab of hot glue, and write 'love' on it. Insert in the root ball.
4. Add a bit of water.
5. Enjoy!


Can't wait to see my hyacinths grow and bloom!
Monica x

15 comments:

  1. They are so sweet.

    Hugs Bente

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  2. what a sweet idea!

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  3. they look absolutely beautiful....simple ideas are brilliant :)

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  4. So cheerful! These must bring so much spring joy to your cottage! ;)

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  5. Well I love this post:) All of it..I usually force hyacinths in the jars for them? These are much cuter..I've never seen that jute ribbon though..
    I need chalkboard paint..my daughter and I saw such cute glassware w/ it..she bought a cookie jar.. there is a square in chalkboard paint and you write on it:) Cute cute..Love your markers..I'll make one for my friend I think that loves plants.
    Monica I tried your paper roses ..I will post soon..mine looks like..well the rose that never grew as pretty.. But I took a shortcut and I won't next time.Thank you for sharing that tutorial.I enjoyed it very much..
    You're so lucky to have a mom.. she must be so proud of you!

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  6. Thanks for sharing your hyacinths. I will be out and about tomorrow, so may look for some bulbs to force - I need a touch of Spring.
    Simple ideas are the best - thanks for the tutorial.
    Glenda

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  7. So beautiful.....xxx....

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  8. we could use a bit of spring here...soo cold out! love this idea! as always...merci for sharing! ;)

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  9. Love this idea! Not your standard, run-of-the-mill Valentine. So inspired! Thanks for sharing :-)

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  10. Love your idea for the hyacinths. I'll have to try this one, can't wait. Thank you again for another great project.


    Love, Jody

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  11. ...always a delight opening the page to your blog...flowers cannot fail to bring a smile and the rustic simplicity of jam jars wrapped in burlap deliver...gorgeous love labels too...thankyou for your inspiration...Mel :)

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  12. I've always thought:forced bulbs=Christmas time.What a nice idea :forced bulbs=Valentine's day!
    "Una singola rosa può essere il mio giardino..."Leo Buscaglia
    Saluti
    Franca

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  13. What a lovely idea, Monica, thanks for sharing !
    Wish you a nice evening !
    Hugs,
    Sylvia

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  14. Gorgeous....I am going to get some bulbs and create these lovlies for my home to usher in Spring as well. Thanks so much for the tutorial! xOxO Nerina

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  15. Do you put soil in the jar then the bulb?
    Such a great idea.

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