I received a bouquet free of charge for this review and this post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.
As a DIY blogger, I get offers to review items often. If I feel like it’s a product that’s relevant to what I do here sometimes I accept. When I was contacted by The Bouqs recently, my first instinct was to say no. I wasn’t sure if fresh flowers really fit in here, even though I love bouquets and the photos on their website were drool-worthy. But then I realized I had a project I’d been wanting to make that would pair perfectly with a beautiful bunch of flowers!
Lets start with those flowers. They offered a list of options I could choose from, and I went with a bouquet called Fortified. I was very excited to see these in person, but I have to admit, when this box arrived in the condition it did I feared for the delicate cargo inside.
I’m pretty sure it was the bat in someone’s lunchtime baseball game. I didn’t need to worry though, because when I opened it up I found these without a bit of damage.
The packaging inside kept the contents from feeling any of the roughness that the poor box had been through. They were secure and well-wrapped. They even had this goopy gel on the ends, which I can only assume kept them hydrated. It did its job well.
I was prepared to be critical of these roses because I wanted to make sure this was an impartial review and not pull any punches. But these roses were (and still are) GORGEOUS. Everyone who has seen them so far has commented on how beautiful they are. I would order them again in a heartbeat, with my own money, which I did for my grandmother’s birthday. If I had one complaint about the roses, it would be that they arrived a day early and had it been for a special event that could have been disappointing. However, they did deliver Grandma’s sunflowers on her birthday as I requested and sent my confirmation the moment she received them.
I’ve had these roses for eight days now, they’ve opened perfectly, and not a single petal has dropped. I haven’t changed the water or clipped the stems since the day they arrived. The Bouqs will get my business again.
How about that container? I was trying to think of a way I could use fabric to change up a vase for different seasons, so I came up with this cover that slips over a 1/2 gallon mason jar. And it’s reversible!
To make this you’ll need two rectangles of fabric that are 17 by 12” (I used a fall fabric for Thanksgiving and a snowflake for Christmas) and two strips that are 1 1/2” wide by 42” (or the width of the fabric).
Fold the two long edges into the middle on one of the strips. I recommend a bias tape tool for this.
Unfold the short ends and fold each to the inside 1/4”, then refold. Fold the entire length in half with the raw edges to the inside and press. Stitch close to the folded edges. Fold the tie you’ve made in half and stitch close to the fold to hold. Repeat to make the second tie.
Bundle up most of the tie and secure it with a pin or tying. This will keep it from accidentally getting sewn into the wrong seam. Place the tie fold you stitched even with the 12” edge of the fabric rectangle, 2” from the top. Make sure your pin head is on the outside.
Fold the rectangle in half, lining up the 12” edges. Stitch 1/4” from the edge, backstitching over the tie. Repeat for second rectangle.
Press the seam open and center it in the back. Stitch across the bottom, leaving 2” open on one of the rectangles.
Flatten the corners with the bottom seam centered, as shown. Stitch across the corner 1 1/2” from the tip. Trim off the corner.
Turn one right side out and stuff it inside the other. Match the seams and edges. Pin in place.
Stitch all the way around the edge. Turn right side out through the opening at the bottom. Hand stitch the opening closed.
Push one side back into the other and press the fold at the top. Stitch close to the fold.
Slide a half-gallon mason jar inside and tie the top to use as a vase.
Or you can use it as a gift bag for a quart-size mason jar full of goodies!
Mine is sitting on my table, holding my fiery flowers from The Bouqs!