Purchasing Valentine flower arrangements from the store or florist can be expensive and not as personal when you make them yourself. Learn to make your own Valentine arrangements with garden-fresh flowers to save money and create a long-lasting floral arrangement. Begin with a few simple supplies and turn your fresh flowers into professional-looking arrangements that your recipients will love.
Cut flowers from your garden in the morning before it gets too hot. Choose flowers that are not completely open so they will last longer in the arrangement. Use greenery if desired, such as tulip leaves, ferns or green leaves from your garden.
Fill a bucket with warm water and mix in flower food. Cut the stems of your flowers at a 45-degree angle, allowing them to better absorb the water. Place the flowers in the bucket and leave for at least one hour, or overnight if needed, stored in the refrigerator to keep fresh.
Cut a square of cellophane wrap three times the height of our vase. If, for example, the vase is 6 inches tall, cut a piece of cellophane that is 18 inches by 18 inches. Cut a piece of 1-inch-wide ribbon twice the diameter of the vase.
Set the vase in the middle of the piece of cellophane. Pull the edges of the cellophane up around the vase and tie the piece of ribbon around the cellophane about 1 inch down from the top of the vase. Fan out the edges of the cellophane.
Fill the vase about 3/4 full of water and place the flowers in the vase. Arrange with the taller flowers in the center of the vase and add gradually shorter-length flowers out around the edges of the arrangement.
Add greenery or stems with leaves around the edges of the arrangement. A few pieces of greenery can be added sparingly between the flowers if desired. Add a handwritten note and place in between the flowers.