A friend from work had given instructions to not send flowers while she was out, but that she likes Starbucks. I tend to think that just plain gift cards can be boring – especially as get-well gift- so this was the result (with some help with the gift-card purchasing from another friend at work): a gift card bouquet! Thanks to some sales and a coupon, the non-gift card materials (that I actually used – I ended up with some extras) were just over $5.
Stem Wire (far left) – green wrapped, but next time I will get plain wire
Enough fake flowers for each stem to get at least one set of leaves
Floral tape – I only ended up needing one roll
A marker to wrap the stem wire around
A pair of pliers
Pictured but not used: a paddle of green wire
Cut the individual flower stems off of the small bouquets so that you can slide off the leaves and any other decor on the stem. The stems and fake flower blossoms are not needed.
Wrap the stem wire around the marker twice, leaving a tail, and then twist the tail and length of stem wire together. This leaves two loops that you can slide the gift card in between.
All the stems prepped, with the little bit of extra decor trapped between the top loop and the twisted tail on some stems.
Slide the gift card between the two loops of stem wire, and begin wrapping the card and stem with floral tape to secure it to the stem.
For any stems that have an extra bit of decoration at the top, incorporate the bit of decoration as you wrap down the stem to hold it in place.
Wrap the stem wire with floral tape until you’ve reached where you want your leaves to be on the stem. Slide your leaves onto the stem wire and seat them up against the bottom edge of the floral tape. The hole on my leaves was small enough that it would not push past the edge of the floral tape. If your leaves don’t have a hole in the center, you can hold them in place on the stem, and then secure the leave stems with floral tape.
Once the leaves are in place, continue wrapping the stem with floral tape, securing the bottom of the leaf bundle to the stem.
Since the bottom of the stem wire is sharp, I used pliers to fold over the end and wrapped the floral tape down over the end, and then about an inch back up the stem to finish off the bottom. Voila, your gift card flower is complete.
Arrange in a vase, and give as a gift!
Some notes: I had purchased green-wrapped stem wire thinking that the more cotton-like texture would be easier to work with, but as the green thread wrapping isn’t secured at the ends, it started to unwind and bunch on the bottoms and made it more difficult to thread the leaves onto the stem. Since I ended up wrapping the entire length of the wire with floral tape (which leaves it slightly sticky to the touch, if this bothers you), it wouldn’t matter what color or finish of stem wire is used. I also had originally thought I would need the paddle of green 22 gauge wire to help secure the gift card to the stem, but wrapping it with floral tape seemed to hold it securely enough.
Please feel free to post any questions in the comments, and let me know if any of the directions need clarification!