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Monday, 29 January 2018

The Perfect Gift for Her

With both Valentine's Day and Mother's Day just around the corner, I thought I'd share how to make this stunning Beauty and The Beast style preserved rose display that makes such a beautiful and unique gift. Perfect for surprising a lovely lady who is special to you (even if it that lady is yourself, it's the perfect time to hint!).

I actually gifted this to someone this Christmas, you may have caught it in this recent festive vlog that I posted to my YouTube channel. Rather than buy it ready assembled from a florist though, I found it worked out my cheaper to just purchase the three elements separately online and then construct it myself. It's so simple to do and saves so much money on a ready done display which can cost you upwards of £100 for on some gift sites.

I'd like to stress that is in fact a real rose which I purchased from the online store Sweet Colours - so pretty! Preserved roses like this one are real roses that have a special serum soaked into them which preserves them and stops them from dying as quickly. With proper care (not too much much handling, kept out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures) they can last over a year. During this time they remain vibrant and soft to the touch meaning that they look and feel exactly like a freshly cut rose - simply magical.

As you can see, I went for classic red though they have many, many colours to choose from including artificial colours like blue and rainbow since the petals are dyed during the preservation process. Since these roses have so many uses, Sweet Colours sell the preserved rose heads, stems and petals separately. This is a great idea as you have options for how you want to display your rose. I've seen some really nice flat displays with stemless roses but I wanted to go with the Beauty and The Beast style as it's just so classic.

I purchased the size XL rose head and then added the preserved stem to my basket too. I found Sweet Colour's customer service to be very good. The shipping was timely and when the pieces arrived they were packed really securely as you can see in my YouTube video. After lots of searching around online, I found the most affordable bell jars to be on eBay so I ordered one from this seller and it arrived quickly and really securely wrapped in polystyrene.

Securing the rose head to the stem was pretty straight forward. I trimmed the stem to size and then used E600 glue which is a decent glue I had leftover from my jewellery making days, you can pick it up on eBay from the same seller here. I recommend leaning the rose up somewhere safe overnight for the glue to set.

That's pretty much all it takes! The bell jar not only looks gorgeous but it will keep the rose free from dust and air pollution so that it lasts the maximum amount of time. I hope that this has given you some inspiration to think outside of the box when it comes to your gifting this year. Beautiful gifts don't have to cost the earth, they just take a bit of thought and that's where I come in ;). 

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