Valentine’s bouquets

Published Feb 12, 2013 at 04:00AM

For a different look this Valentine’s Day, try a little whimsy with some fresh-cut tulips — also, roses, daffodils, lilies or whatever you fancy — you pick up and arrange at home.

Here are some ideas from iBulb, http://uk.ibulb.org.

Trim a jar: A plain Mason jar looks country cute with a bit of white ball-fringe, lace or rickrack glued just below the jar lip. Also try brush, beaded or tassel trim from a local fabric store or online trim retailer.

Color some water: Food coloring turns a clear vase into a colorful vessel. Matching blooms and water color deliver a passionate punch.

Steady your bouquet: Use seashells or sea glass to stabilize a short bunch of tulips — or other cut flowers. Fill vase two-thirds full with shells. Band tulips with florist tape and cut stems to 3 inches long. Place bouquet on top of shells, and carefully fill in remaining area around bouquet with shells. Gently fill the vase with water.

— Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)

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