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We are up to our ears in flowers over here and I am not one bit mad about it! I love this part of spring. And I love giving flowers to people — there’s something special about it, right? Something really lovely about these little blooms that are only around for so long, like tulips and daffodils in the spring, and how they brighten a room. With Easter this weekend and Mother’s Day soon, I wanted to put a very simple project together to spark some ideas for anyone who needs to wrap up a bouquet for someone special. And because I’ve been so inspired working with the P-touch Embellish lately, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to show you yet another way you can put that bad boy to use. This one is so simple, and totally cost-effective too. All of the florals you see here are just simple stems that you can find in your grocery store (or even better, grown locally!).
- Brother P-touch Embellish and ribbon cartridges of your choosing
- fresh flowers
Step 1: Start by printing out your ribbons on the P-touch Embellish. If you don’t have one yet, you can find the printer, along with ribbon or tape cartridges, at Michaels (there are lots of different colors and styles to choose from). For this project, you’ll want to print an extra long ribbon. So press the “Ribbon” button and select Layout number 1. It will then prompt you to input your text, so type out what you’d like to say and format it. We used Atlanta font in all caps, size small. Next it will tell you to select your ribbon length; we worked with a length of 20 inches and it was plenty for these smaller bouquets. Use the arrow keys to select your length. Finally, press print and cut your ribbons once they’re printed.
Step 2: Compose your bouquets. For simple arrangements like these, I like to use two or three main blooms with some filler that has lots of texture and color. Place your stems in a small bunch.
Step 3: Leaving a 3-inch tail, wrap a ribbon around the stems of the flowers, with the words facing outward. Keep wrapping until both ends are somewhat even in length. Tie in a double knot and manipulate the ribbon so that the words are clear and legible.
Step 4: Trim any unwanted ribbon ends, and trim all of the flower stems so that they are the same length.
Step 5: Place the bouquets into a vessel with a little water at the bottom to keep them fresh; just be sure the ribbons don’t dangle into the water.
My mom happened to be babysitting Maggie while I was putting this project together and thought the printed ribbons were so. cool. And I totally agree. She and Maggie were watching the P-touch Embellish while it was printing and they were both totally enthralled. I think for Mother’s Day I’ll put a nice big bouquet together for her and make the ribbon say something extra rad — maybe a poem, or song lyrics? Part of what I love about this easy idea is that you can customize it in so many ways, whether it’s different color ribbon or the placement of the text. Whatever you choose, we’re wishing you a spring full of flowers! xoxo