Although we all love giving and receiving presents, gift giving can get expensive. Sometimes it is hard finding just the right thing for a special family member, loved one, or friend. However, I have come to realize that gifts don't always have to have a big price tag as long as they come from the heart. Often times, people appreciate handmade gifts the most.
This Floral Arrangement Jar is the perfect gift for a friend or loved one who appreciates pretty, feminine things. It's an inexpensive, functional, yet beautiful gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, a hostess gift, birthdays, or as an all occasion "Thinking of you" gift.
After you make one for a friend, you might want to make another to set on your desk to enjoy while you are working or blogging.
For safety's sake, if you are making one of these jars for a child, I recommend using a plastic jar like an empty (and clean) mayonnaise or pickle jar or a plastic storage container.
For the pink jar, you will need:
- A canning jar (mine is a pint size, but adjust to your liking)
- a screw on lid or a regular lid with a band
- a piece of Styrofoam the size of the lid
- 5 medium size roses (mine are about 2 inches wide)
- A filler flower like baby's breath
- A few small pieces of ivy
- 1 1/2 inch wide ribbon
- fray check or wood burner to keep ribbon ends from fraying
- knife to cut Styrofoam
- hot glue gun and glue
- candy, small toys, bath beads/salts/small soaps to fill jar
- Small gift card and ribbon or metallic elastic thread
- Embellishment for center of bow (optional)
1. Wash your canning jar with soap and water and allow to dry well.
2. If your lid is not a screw on lid, glue the lid and band together with hot glue to make it one. Remember, you aren't canning, so you won't need the perfect seal. You will need a 1 piece lid for this project to work.
3. Cut a piece of Styrofoam in a round shape the size of the lid, then glue it on top of the lid.
4. Put hot glue on Styrofoam in small sections and cover the Styrofoam with Excelsior. Be careful not to burn your hands. Old scissors or a dowel are great for holding Excelsior in place while the glue cools. Do not cover the band of the lid. Trim Excelsior as needed just to make it neat.
5. Using old scissors or wire cutters, cut the roses to the size needed. Insert one rose in the center of the Styrofoam, then place the other four evenly around it.
6. Cut baby's breath down to size, then fill in the spaces between the roses.
7. Add trailing ivy to the edges of the Styrofoam.
8. Wrap a piece of ribbon around the jar lid and glue to secure.
A 1 1/2 inch ribbon may also cover the sides of your Styrofoam depending on the thickness of the Styrofoam you used. This is okay if this happens. (Mine covered the Styrofoam and the lid.)
9. Tie a pretty bow and seal the ends. You can use fray check (for those of you who don't sew look in the sewing notions at the craft store) or if you have a wood burning tool, seal the ends with that. For added embellishment, glue a small ribbon rose or a decorative button on the center of the bow. (This is optional.)
10. Fill jar with candy or other goodies.
11. Attach a small gift card with metallic elastic thread or 1/8 inch ribbon. My card is a blank business card folded in half with a Cherub With Dove Valentine's Day image from The Graphics Fairy.
Just to show how versatile this jar can be, here is the second Valentine's Day jar I made. The larger red and pink jar below is made the same way as the instructions above only with different flowers and a wide mouth quart size canning jar and a bow made from both red and pink 5/8 inch ribbons with a button heart center. It has a card with this Valentine With Cherub image also from The Graphics Fairy.
When giving your gift, tell the person receiving it that after the goodies in the jar are gone, if they no longer want to use this as a jar, the lid can be used as a small floral arrangement that would be perfect to set on a bookcase, sitting on a bathroom vanity, or maybe even put it on top of a flower pot.
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