Valentine's Day is such a romantic holiday, but it can also be a very wasteful one. For one, people keep buying flowers as a token of their affection even though most of these flowers go into the trash can a few days later. Let's not waste these pretty bouquets this year and use one of these ideas to reuse them:
- Potpourri: Potpourri can be just as pretty as flowers, and it's a good way to turn the flowers into a keepsake. Dry the petals for a great-smelling potpourri, and you can even throw in a few herbs, like mint, that you think will smell nice or look good with the flowers.
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- Pressed flower cards: Press the flowers onto some cards for greeting cards that are easy to make yet elegant. You can use them as thank-you or special-occasion cards. Pressing flowers onto a card is a great way of personalizing each card, because every flower looks different. It also shows a lot of effort, and the recipients will appreciate the thought you put into the card.
- Soaps: You can use flower petals when you're making soap, but keep in mind that many flowers turn black or brown when mixed with lye, so do your research to make sure you're picking the right flowers. Or you can just use little bits of the flowers so there is not too much focus on them.
- Candles: Preserving flowers in candles is another good alternative. It's easier to stick on pressed, dried flowers to the sides of your candles, so you might want to consider drying out the plants.
- Jewelry: Lacquered flowers make the most beautiful jewelry. Take a few petals, or the whole flower itself, and turn them into earrings, necklaces, or rings. This is harder than the other methods mentioned above, but it's a great way of bringing a piece of flower with you wherever you go. Here are instructions on how to do it.