Valentine’s Day: What Do I Do Now?

No, I’m not talking about indulging in all the half price chocolate that’s currently on sale at Walmart. Although, I gotta admit, chocolate is one of life’s most simple (and delicious) pleasures. I mean, seriously. Milk, dark, extra dark, white, dark with sea salt … ALL. OF. IT. Throw in some peanuts or peanut butter, and boy howdy. I am a happy girl. But, no seriously, this post isn’t about discounted chocolate. I’m talking about another love of mine – flowers, particularly roses.

Did you know that each year during the Valentine’s season, that nearly 110 million roses are sold? Dude. That’s A LOT of roses. If you’re like me, you get a bouquet, you’re happy, you admire them and then after about two weeks they croak. Then what do you do? Throw them out? Dry them? Make your own rose water? Side note: I will link a DIY Rose water tutorial at the end of this post that you don’t want to miss. Keep reading!

Back to the roses. I’m a big fan of drying roses, but having dried roses hung all around my house sorta resembles something from the Addams Family. Kinda. Maybe not. Either way, they collect A LOT of dust when you dry them, so keeping them hanging around isn’t realistic. So, what do you do with old roses that you don’t want to throw out, but don’t want them to become dust collectors either? Look no further, I have your solution — wine bottle rose petals!

On top of my love for chocolate and roses, I also love wine. I usually recycle the empty bottles, but occasionally, if I treat myself to a new wine that comes in a fancy bottle or if someone has given me a special bottle of wine (this has only happened like twice, haha), I will save the bottle.

In my case, the last bouquet of roses I got was probably for Mothers Day. I hung them upset down in my kitchen window and let them dry. But with time, I got sick of the petals falling into the kitchen sink and making a mess. Sitting beneath said petals, in my kitchen window sill, was an empty wine bottle that my sister had brought me from her honeymoon in Jamaica. The wine was gross (sorry, Meghan … and Jamaica), but I kept the bottle for sentimental reasons. Since I was sick of flower petal mess and wine bottle dust, I decided to combine the two.

Dried rose petals and an empty wine bottle make such pretty (and easy) DIY décor.

If you decide to try this, make sure the bottle is completely free of moisture. Also, I used the handle to a spoon to push the petals down inside. I would recommend removing the label from the bottle too, but because this was from Jamaica, I left it for keepsake purposes. So, there you have it. It’s super easy and looks pretty sitting on my dresser.

The last piece of business for today … here is the DIY Rose Water tutorial that I mentioned earlier. I haven’t made this, personally, but I have been following Twist Me Pretty for over a year and she is just fabulous! I’d highly recommend subscribing to her blog, or at least following her on IG.

Until next time lovelies,