I love giving flowers.
But deep down, I always feel a little wasteful because they die so quickly.
As Mother’s Day approaches, I went on a mission to find a longer lasting bouquet of flowers.
What I came up with are these adorable hand and foot print bouquets!
They were inexpensive and took about an hour to make. I’m sure there are hundreds of ways to go about it, but here’s how I made mine:
First, I took some grilling skewers (bought at the grocery store) and painted them green. While they were drying, I traced my children’s hand and foot prints onto colorful paper and cut them out (I used twelve prints for each bouquet).
Once the paint was dry, I glued the prints onto the end of each skewer using a hot glue gun. (Don’t they look pretty?)
When the glue cooled down, I got ready to assemble the bouquet. The only materials I needed where a foam floral cone (bought at the craft store), curling ribbon and some green tissue paper.
One by one, I stuck the skewers into the foam cone. I tried to vary the height, distance and direction of each one.
I didn’t worry about putting them in perfectly! There were a few sticks I didn’t like, and it was very easy to take them out and rearrange them.
Here’s what my bouquet looked like at that point. Even with all of those prints, I thought it looked a little empty. So I ended up tying curling ribbon around a few of the sticks. (This wasn’t in my original plan, but I really love the way it turned out!)
Then all I needed to do was wrap the bouquet.
I took two large sheets of green tissue paper, folded them in half and put my bouquet in the middle.
Staring on one side, I wrapped the paper around the cone and tucked it into place. Then I wrapped the other side around the cone and secured it with a piece of tape.
And there you go! An adorable (non-perishable) bouquet of flowers! We’re going to hand these out to some very special grandmothers on Mother’s Day (I can’t wait!).
If you’d like to view more of my Mother’s Day ideas, head over to my Mother’s Day page (click here).