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How to Recycle Valentine's Day Flowers

Don't throw away your Valentine's Day flowers. Get a little extra use out of them with these tips.


  • Step 1: Brighten someone's day Brighten someone's day by delivering the flowers to a local hospice, nursing home, hospital, or church.
  • Step 2: Sprinkle in tub Light some candles and sprinkle rose petals into a warm bath for romantic ambiance.
  • TIP: You can also make a trail with the petals leading to the bathroom or bedroom.
  • Step 3: Decorate a table Decorate a table by placing rose petals in a basket or bowl.
  • Step 4: Add a finishing touch Add a finishing touch to a wrapped gift by tying a flower bud to the gift or card.
  • Step 5: Dry flowers Dry flowers by clipping the flower close to the base with a pair of scissors. Fold a sheet of wax paper around them and place them inside of a book for a week to 10 days to preserve your flowers -- and your memories.
  • TIP: Pansies, hydrangeas, and violets, press especially well.
  • Step 6: Embellish Embellish note cards, gift tags, envelopes, and wedding invitations with a dried or fresh flower petal.
  • Step 7: Make someone's day Make a friend's day by sharing the flowers with them. Keep the spirit of Valentine's Day all year round.
  • FACT: California is the largest producer of flowers in the United States.

You Will Need

  • Hospice
  • nursing home
  • hospital
  • or church
  • Candles
  • Warm bath
  • Basket or Bowl
  • Gift or card
  • Scissors
  • Wax paper
  • Book
  • Note cards
  • gift tags
  • envelopes
  • wedding invitations
  • Friend

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