Anticipating the bouquets from Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter, and more, we’re talking about our favorite way to lengthen the time that we can enjoy those beautiful blooms. For the most dramatic results, use bright flowers like geraniums, lilies, and sunflowers and take your time applying the shipping tape to reduce wrinkles (you won’t eliminate them–remember, this is quick, easy, and temporary.).
Tip: these magnets are not intended for long-term use, only as a temporary enjoyment. To make them more permanent, dry your blooms completely before pressing them in between the shipping tape. Even better, consider laminating the dried blooms as an improvement to the temporary use of shipping tape.
Late Bloomers Magnets
- clear shipping tape
- blooms (press them for a few minutes prior to using)
- super glue (or other strong adhesive)
- Press your bloom on to the sticky side of the packing tape. Cut the tape leaving an inch or so on either end.
- Cover the flower and tape with an additional piece of tape allowing the pieces of tape to stick together with the flower in the center. Smooth.
Note: It is sometimes necessary to use 2 or 3 widths of tape to cover the flower completely.
- Trim your tape around your flower to about 1/4 inch around all sides.
- Use your glue to attach magnets.
How to use them:
“Truth be told, I don’t even bother with the magnets anymore. I just roll up a bit of shipping tape on the back of the blooms and stick them to the fridge. My fridge is usually covered with fresh blooms. I no longer look at that bouquet in the store and think of what a waste it is, because those flowers are enjoyed, and enjoyed, and then stuck on the fridge and enjoyed some more. I even attach them to a notebook or put a ribbon on one for a quick bookmark. I get my money’s worth out of them, and then some.” ~Nellie