Flowers are a typical Valentine's Day gift and making your own floral arrangement is a nice surprise for that special person. Aside from being fairly simple to make, homemade floral arrangements can be put together with flowers fresh from your garden, saving money compared to those storebought arrangements that can be expensive and are not as personal.
Select a terracotta flower pot that is six to 10-inches in diameter, depending on the size you want the floral arrangement to be. Wrap about three to four strips of double-sided tape around the outside of the flower pot. Stick magnolia or tulip leaves over the tape with the pointed end of the leaves facing up. Overlap the leaves as you work around the pot to cover it completely. Trim the leaves so they are flush with the bottom of the pot.
Saturate a piece of floral foam by holding underwater for at least five minutes. Set in a dish drainer to allow the excess water to drain off, then place the foam inside the flower pot. The foam should fill the pot up and if necessary add more pieces of foam to make it secure.
Cut the flower stems at a 45-degree angle and keep in a vase of room temperature water until ready to use. Insert flowers into the foam in the flower pot, starting with the taller flowers in the center and adding gradually shorter flowers out towards the edges.
Cut a piece of raffia three times the length of the diameter of the flower pot. For instance, if the pot is six-inches in diameter, cut your raffia to 18-inches long. Wrap the raffia around the flower pot twice and tie the loose ends into a bow to finish.