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Monday, January 23, 2012

Thinking Valentine's Day #1

Happy Monday everyone! As February 14 is just around the corner, I prepared some Valentine- inspired posts. Mini projects and creative ideas I hope you'll like!
When it's mid January, I start itching for Spring, and love having forced bulbs and primroses potted all around my home... The other day my Mom presented me a couple of hyacinths, I removed them from their ugly plastic containers, and arranged in upcycled jam jars. I added a few creative touches like a love label and wooden hearts... aren't they cute?

Found this old gardening book last week, and had to bring it home with me. Every keen gardener needs a very vintage gardening book, right?:)

I thought you may like to make these too, to treat yourself to a bit of Spring or to give. You can make them with your kids too, they'll love them.

Materials needed:
- forced bulbs
- jam jars (I used Bonne Maman because they have a wide- mouth opening that allows the bulb to be inserted without any damage)
- jute ribbon
- bakers twine (or ribbon, any kind)
- hearts (any type)
- lollipop sticks
- hot glue gun
- chalkboard paint (or black paint)
- scissors
- brush


1. Wrap the jam jar in jute ribbon and baker's twine (or ribbon). You can add a heart if you want.
2. Remove the bulb from the plastic pot, and put delicately in the jar, without damaging the root ball. Leave about 1 in (2 cm) at the bottom of the jar.
3. Paint the lollipop stick with chalkboard paint, attach the heart with a dab of hot glue, and write 'love' on it. Insert in the root ball.
4. Add a bit of water.
5. Enjoy!

Can't wait to see my hyacinths grow and bloom!
Monica x


  1. They are so sweet.

    Hugs Bente

  2. what a sweet idea!

  3. they look absolutely beautiful....simple ideas are brilliant :)

  4. So cheerful! These must bring so much spring joy to your cottage! ;)

  5. Well I love this post:) All of it..I usually force hyacinths in the jars for them? These are much cuter..I've never seen that jute ribbon though..
    I need chalkboard paint..my daughter and I saw such cute glassware w/ it..she bought a cookie jar.. there is a square in chalkboard paint and you write on it:) Cute cute..Love your markers..I'll make one for my friend I think that loves plants.
    Monica I tried your paper roses ..I will post soon..mine looks like..well the rose that never grew as pretty.. But I took a shortcut and I won't next time.Thank you for sharing that tutorial.I enjoyed it very much..
    You're so lucky to have a mom.. she must be so proud of you!

  6. Thanks for sharing your hyacinths. I will be out and about tomorrow, so may look for some bulbs to force - I need a touch of Spring.
    Simple ideas are the best - thanks for the tutorial.

  7. So beautiful.....xxx....

  8. we could use a bit of spring here...soo cold out! love this idea! as always...merci for sharing! ;)

  9. Love this idea! Not your standard, run-of-the-mill Valentine. So inspired! Thanks for sharing :-)

  10. Love your idea for the hyacinths. I'll have to try this one, can't wait. Thank you again for another great project.

    Love, Jody

  11. ...always a delight opening the page to your blog...flowers cannot fail to bring a smile and the rustic simplicity of jam jars wrapped in burlap deliver...gorgeous love labels too...thankyou for your inspiration...Mel :)

  12. I've always thought:forced bulbs=Christmas time.What a nice idea :forced bulbs=Valentine's day!
    "Una singola rosa può essere il mio giardino..."Leo Buscaglia

  13. What a lovely idea, Monica, thanks for sharing !
    Wish you a nice evening !

  14. Gorgeous....I am going to get some bulbs and create these lovlies for my home to usher in Spring as well. Thanks so much for the tutorial! xOxO Nerina

  15. Do you put soil in the jar then the bulb?
    Such a great idea.


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