As you may know, my husband and I are not really Valentine’s Day people. We don’t really have any need for the traditional V Day gifts (and I am SO not a jewelry person!), it ends up feeling pretty contrived, so we usually just hang out and chill. Of course, external pressures usually have us checking in with each other every year, with “do you WANT to do anything…?
It always feels like we *should*. This year, we decided that we’ll be brewing a small batch of a red, “Valentine’s Day” wine or mead. I think we’re leaning towards a sweet raspberry mead. Anyway, I digress…
|Last night we were eating dinner and discussing the various funny stuff we’d seen on the net, when I mentioned a booze bouquet I’d seen on Pinterest. The person had affixed mini booze bottles onto sticks, and made a little bouquet of it.
As we’d recently been reminiscing on how much fun we’d had doing V-day ceramic mugs for each other a few years back, the idea of making booze bouquets for each other came up. Like many of our crazy ideas, it went from “wouldn’t it be fun…” to DONE in no time flat!
We headed to a craft supply store to pick up all kind of crazy Valentine’s Day craft stuff on clearance. Neither one of us really knew what we were planning to do as we poured over ever manner of red, pink, and sparkly V Day nonsense, discussing ideas, and ultimately purchasing our respective supplies. After that, we went to our favorite liquor store, and each bought a dozen mini bottles for each other, each not letting the other see the surprise selections.
The whole time – and on the way home – we excitedly talked about our ideas and plans, actually looking *forward* to our little V Day celebration. Neither of us could WAIT to get home and dig into the craft supplies, and seeing what we could come up with.
Also? Men + Booze + Craft supplies are a pretty epic combination. Just WAIT til you see what he came up with!
First, a quick tutorial on making boozy “roses”. I knew all that floral design background would be useful someday!
What you need:
12 or so mini bottles of liquor
Sheets of mylar, foil, or cellophane, in the color(s) of your choice
Thick floral wire – 18 guage or thicker.
Green floral tape
Container for “vase”
Weight for the container (We used rocks)
Piece of styrofoam that will fit snugly in the container. (Buy it too big if necessary, cut it down)
Random “stuff” to decorate with – ribbons, decorative wire, pipe cleaners, stickers, other accessories
Cut Mylar, foil, or cellophane into rectanges that are about 3x the height of the bottles, and about 2 “bottle-heights” wide.
Place a bottle in the middle of a sheet, with the nicer side of the sheet facing down.
Fold about half of the sheet over the bottle, so that it’s fairy snug across the bottom of the bottle (top of the “rose”)
Wrap one side around the front of the bottle. I took the top fold of the sheet and folded it straight down against the bottle, then wrapped the new flap edge forward – kind of like wrapping a present.
Repeat on the other side, crossing the new flap in front of the first flap.
Gather the loose ends and edges around the neck of the bottle, secure with a small strip of clear tape.
Bend a length of floral wire around the neck of the bottle, twisting once or twice to secure it tightly against it.
Wrap the two ends of the wire around the neck of the bottle, so they’re on the opposite side from the twist in the wire. Bend “downwards” – away from the bottle.
Starting slightly above the wire twist, start wrapping floral tape tightly around the neck of the bottle. Tape should overlap itself a small amount at each pass, and should completely cover the exposed wire.
Continue wrapping the floral tape tightly around the two wire ends – securing them together – all the way to the end of the “stem”.
Repeat with all of your bottles.
|Weight the “vase” container down, and secure styrofoam into the top of the container – it should fit snuggly and NOT move around.
If your vase is clear like mine was, you may want to hide the styrofoam – I used silk leaves wrapped around the inside of the vase, moss would also work.
If you want to add silk leaves to your “roses”, use floral tape to attach them to individual stems. For loose leaf stems, pierce a silk leaf with a piece of floral wire, close to the stem end. Bend both ends of the wire down and away from the leaf, then wrap with floral wire.
Starting with your heaviest bottles in the middle, stick your stems into the foam. Make sure to jam them in far enough to be stable.
Continue to add “roses” to your bouquet, making sure to distribute the “roses” and their weight evenly.
|Once all of your “roses” are in place, add other items – starting with the largest/bulkiest, and working your way down to the most delicate. For me, I added wired leaves and then some decorative wire loops.
Once all of your items are added and you are happy with your arrangement, use moss, shredded paper, or whatever filler you want to cover any exposed styrofoam is still showing.
Be sure to take some photos of your handiwork (and send them to us!) before giving your bouquet away!
Of course, if going all “floral designer” with it isn’t quite your speed, you can always decorate the bottles themselves, and get REALLY creative with it… like my husband did:
Yes, those are spider “legs” on the bottle of Tarantula tequila! Here are some other views:
As you can see, we had a blast shopping for – and then making – our boozy bouquet gifts for each other. Hope you have as much fun as we did!