There’s nothing quite like a lovely bouquet of flowers to show Mom she’s loved on Mother’s Day. After all, who wouldn’t love a vibrant, living reminder of how much she’s appreciated?
This year, take it up a notch by creating this stunning arrangement of forced tulip bulbs in a glass vase. The look is incredibly original and, unlike standard fresh flowers, it won’t wilt and die! Plus, mothers of young kids can enjoy a mini science lesson with their little ones as they observe the root system put down by the bulbs.
For this project you will need:
- Large cylinder shaped glass vase, the taller the better
- Tulip bulbs
- Large glass beads
- Water beads
- Colorful string
- Decorative tag
Ideally, you would start this project several months ahead of time with tulip bulbs that have yet to sprout and bloom, storing them in a very cool space (the fridge works well) for 6 to 15 weeks, depending on the bulbs, before beginning.
If you didn’t do this don’t worry, it’s not too late. You can also take the shortcut route and use tulips that have already bloomed.
If this is your plan, then the first step is to dig up your tulips and rinse the bulbs of any remaining soil.
Next, fill the vase with 1 to 2 inches of glass beads. These will keep the bulbs from sitting directly in the water you will add. Allowing the water to drain away like this is important to prevent the bulbs from rotting.
Along with the glass beads, we also added water beads which are little gelatinous balls that have soaked up water and will slowly release it. Kids love the feeling of these little beads and often use them for various types of sensory play (which is why we had them lying around at home).
Next, add your tulip bulbs and pour water up to just below the point where the bulbs meet the glass beads. You can see that a vase that is taller than the actual tulips provides nice support for the stem and creates a very beautiful display.
For the final touch, tie a couple of brightly colored pieces of yarn around the vase and add a customized tag.
We found this wooden tag at our local craft store and the kids decorated it with some hearts and the word “mom”.
Now all that’s left to do is sit back and watch your tulips blossom.