The simplest gifts are often the most appreciated. A handful of violets can translate into a charming expression of your sentiments on May Day or Mother's Day, around which time these delicate flowers reach full bloom. One way to exhibit their beauty is in a well-presented posy.
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After measuring with a pencil and string, use scissors to cut a circle out of waxed paper. Cut straight into the center of the circle, and create a center hole (this is where you will insert the stems). Scallop the edge of the circle with a utility knife or scalloping scissors.
Wrap the base of the bunch of violets in a wet sheet of cotton wool. Trim off any excess length of stems.
Wrap a piece of waxed paper around the cotton-wrapped stems. Pin in place.
Roll your scalloped waxed paper circle into a cone, and drop the violets in, pulling the stems partially through the center hole. Pin the cone in place, and tie shut with a silver ribbon.
Fresh-cut long-stem violets
Colored waxed paper
Cotton wool sheet roll
Utility knife or scalloping scissors
Remember, you needn't limit yourself to violets. Pansies and other spring flowers such as lily of the valley are also lovely.