A Floating Flower Heart Craft That's Perfect for Valentine's Day
Flowers have always managed to say a lot, but they've rarely expressed sentiments so clearly and directly as this romantic bundle of blooms.
Photography: Roland Belo
Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2008
This "floating" heart makes for the perfect Valentine's Day craft. It features pale shades of common, easily obtainable blossoms, such as carnations, mums, and hyacinths. You might be wondering what Flower Frogs are. These amphibian made of lead, pottery, glass, or bronze and sit at the bottom of a bowl or a vase to hold even the trickiest flower arrangements firmly in place. Keep several kinds on hand. The spiky variety are good for thin, flimsy stems, ones with holes are suited to the thicker stems of tulips and lilies, and hairpin frogs with wire loops are best for stiff stems and branches.& Fragrant carnations, which last a long time out of water, are ideal for reviving the Victorian custom of handheld nosegays. Tucked in the middle is a sweet floral message of affection for your Valentine.
Chicken wire for flower frog (BSTOOL Chicken Wire Net, $15.99, amazon.com)
Ball up a square piece of chicken wire. The ball should be large enough to press against the sides of the container and stay snugly in place. Or secure a smaller ball to the bottom with floral adhesive.
Using a variety of flowers add textural interest. Arrange five spiky frogs into an approximate heart shape, affixing them to the bottom of an empty shallow bowl with floral adhesive (or use floral foam cut into a heart).
Cut the stems of 12 to 18 assorted flowers to the same height as the rim of the bowl. Fill the bowl partially with water and insert flowers, following the heart shape.
The nosegay arrangement is made directly in your hand. Strip the foliage from two bunches of carnations in different colors (we used white with pink, but you can also use pink with red).
Cut all stems to 6-inches. Holding on to three or four paler flowers, form them into a heart. Surround them with darker blooms, and then wrap the stems tightly with floral tape. Cover the stems with squares of glassine or tissue paper, and tie with a bow.