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Victorian Valentine Bouquet

Studies also show men and women like very different kinds of flowers.  Typically, men prefer bold blooms of primary colors that are “interesting” in shape, whereas women prefer pastel shades and “pretty” flowers.  Both men and women are drawn to fragrance.  With that in mind, this Valentine’s Day trying giving him or her bouquet that is both personalized and meaningful.  


Long ago the Victorians assigned meanings to flowers.  For instance red roses mean love and yellow roses connote friendship.   Red tulips speak of a message of reclaimed love.  Whatever the message, the below simple to make Victorian Valentine bouquet and holder will certainly capture your sweetheart’s attention.




  • Glossy photo paper

  • Printer and computer

  • Favorite photo(s) of yourself, your lover, a teacher, friend etc.

  • Hole punch

  • ½ yard decorative wired ribbon, 1-inch wide

  • Scissors and clippers

  • Plastic bag

  • Half a dozen of your Valentine’s favorite flowers  (Use flowers that ‘state’ your intentions- See Victorian Language of Flowers list below)

  • Valentine stickers (available at craft and stationary stores, Target etc.)




  1. With computer and printer, print either one, or multiple wallet sized photo(s) on one piece of photo paper.  

  2. Roll the photo paper up into a cone shape.  Then fasten it with Valentine stickers.

  3. With the hole-punch, punch two holes, one on the top of each side of the cone.  Now run ribbon through the holes and knot the ends to so that the cone can hang. 

  4. Cut all the flowers so that their blooms meet the top of the cone and that they fit nicely in the cone. 

  5. Insert the flowers into the plastic bag and then into the cone. Hang the bag and then very carefully fill the plastic bag with a tiny bit of water, just enough to keep the flower fresh.

My best,

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