Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hand lettered Floral Arrangements

In Sweden, it's considered good manners to bring a gift of flowers when you are a guest at someone's home. Today, I would like to share a way to personalize a bouquet: handwrite an oversized message, poem or words (or french? click here) on the wrapping; wrap your flowers and share! These are my favorites!

Craft Paper
Black Ink, Ink Pen or Chalk (see example here; set with hair spray)

Craft paper is my favorite but this works with white and other colored papers, as well. Using a solid writing ink pen, quill and ink or chalk, cover the wrapping paper with your chosen message. 
For additional protection, wrap the stems of your flowers in plastic wrap and/or tissue paper, followed by the hand lettered wrapping paper.  What could be nicer to give or to receive than flowers wrapped in a personal message? Happy Giving!



  1. so funny! I just talked about this on my blog! Danes love to give flowers to. And I sure love to receive them. This is such a clever idea! I'm going to keep this one in mind for sure!

    1. Do you think it's a Scandinavian tradition? Norway & Finland, anyone? Northern Europe? It's not French (my husband's family is French). I'm so curious. After I posted, I realized, too, that another element here is to remove the wrappings before you present the bouquet. That was why I like to use this idea with the flowers exposed & feel that since the wrapping is really a card, it's OK. If you are out in bad weather, cover it all in cellophane. I hope you do it! (BYW:I love your blog!)

  2. no i don't think it's a scandinavian tradition only. i'm from turkey and we do bring flowers to each other for home visits. or wine... or better yet, both :)

    in the case of a special occasion when a couple decides to get married, the man visits the house of the woman with his family, so that the families can meet and officially give their approval for the "young ones' intentions" by sweetly talking it over. the man always ALWAYS wears a power suit, like he's going to an interview and traditionally brings chocolate and flowers, so if you see a young man dressed up in a suit with a bouqet in one hand and a box of chocolate in the other accompanied by an elderly lady with a sequinned funny top -i don't know why, they think sequin is the right way of dressing for the occasion- and a very nervous old man in Turkey, you'll know where they're headed to :)
    btw, i'm so gonna try this idea. loving your blog!

    1. Oh, than you so much for this note! I somehow missed it and really appreciate that you've shared so much. Many wishes!


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