Craft a beautiful centerpiece for that romantic dinner you've been planning! Photo: Erin Loechner.
This year, I'm planning a nice, relaxing dinner at home with my husband to celebrate Valentine's Day. After all, V-Day reservations are a pain, and what man doesn't love a home-cooked meal? Because spring is right around the corner, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to craft a DIY Valentine's Day gift.
Inspired by a sweet grassy centerpiece from 1-800-Flowers
, I knew exactly what I wanted to make -- a winter-white centerpiece for our Valentine's dinner, complete with our handcarved initials, teenage lovebird-style!
Wanna make a centerpiece for your sweetheart too? I documented the process every step of the way. Here goes:
(3) Faux flowers of your choice
(1) Wooden box (I re-purposed an old CD box I had on hand)
(1) Row of faux wheat grass (onion grass works well also!)
(1) Set of floral foam bricks
(1) Wood soldering tool (there's a great, affordable option for beginners at Michael's
1. Place floral foam into the wooden box or tray of your choice. Be sure to cut to size for a snug fit.
2. Arrange faux wheatgrass to cover every inch of the floral foam. At this point, you can also slide decorative paper into the side of the box to avoid any floral foam from peeking out.
3. Cut your faux floral stems to desired size (I kept mine a bit longer, but feel free to shorten the height so you can see over your centerpiece!) and arrange accordingly. The floral foam should keep them snug in place.
4. If you'd like, use your wood soldering tool to carve your and your Valentine's initials in the side of your box -- a sweetly personalized touch! I drew our initials in pencil first and traced them with the tool.
5. Presto, you're finished!
Now get to cooking; you've got a romantic dinner to attend.
Of course, when dinner has been devoured and February is long gone, you or your other hald can re-use thegrassy centerpiece in a variety of ways. Why not use your grassy knoll as a desktop organizer a la Patina
? Or, with a bit of technical know-how, craft a charging station for your gadgets like Curiosite
The possibilities are as endless. Enjoy your splendor in the grass!