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i just read someone complaining about keeping their wedding bouquet (dried out, falling apart, dust collector...). here's a clever idea... i wanted to keep my wedding bouquet for sentimental reasons, but realized that it'd just get dry and fall apart and be a horrible dust collectors, so... i took the roses off and a couple of greens, pressed/dried them in a dictionary, glued them to a piece of fabric, and put in a picture frame. this way, i can hang it up, out of the way. i have very few good ideas, this was one, so i thought i'd share.
 

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oooooooo nice<br><br>
I made my bouquet out of fake flowers adn I need something to do with it<br>
It's a HUGE cascading one with a long handle and the only thing I can think of was to stick the handle between the wall and this huge mirror on a large dresser that we use to hold all the things I dont have storage space for
 

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I honestly don't know *what* happened to my wedding bouquet, lmao! It was beautiful and I took pics of it and never gave it another thought after the wedding day. (don't ask me about the box of extra invitations that is sitting in the closet in my DD's room after 5 years of wedding bliss- ooops)<br><br>
I did a similar thing for some flowers DH gave me when we first met. Out of a bouquet of roses, I pressed one and arranged the petals in a small picture frame with craft paper in the background. It's small, fits in with our decor, and it makes me smile <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I took it apart, spread the flowers out on tissue paper, and let them dry. Then I took the individual flowers apart, cut some of the greens into little pieces, and made potpourri.<br><br>
I think somewhere in my parents' house, my prom corsages may still be sitting in their little plastic boxes...15-16 years later... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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We had a pomeranian dog...and somehow he got it off of our dresser days after DH and I got married...and shredded it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> There were little tiny pieces of flower and stems EVERYWHERE. So much for keeping my boquet, lol.
 

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I had my grandma take it home with her and leave it on my grandpa's grave until it wilted. Then she tossed it in the swamp out back to return to where it came from. More than enough things to carry through life already, and this let me not just throw it in the trash.<br><br>
She saved from ivy from it and rooted it, but eventually it died <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br>
I've never had much luck keeping potted ivy indoors either.
 

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I tried to root the ivy from my bouquet but it died. I have the oppsite of a green thumb <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I saved the ribbon that was tied around it. (my bouquet was handmade by a friend with flowers from her garden)<br><br>
It takes up space but it's only a ribbon so I don't mind. Maybe someday I'll use it to decorate a pillow or something.
 

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I wanted to save some of the flowers from mine but my mother just left it to rot while we were on our honeymoon and tossed the whole thing before we returned.<br><br>
That is a great idea, though.
 

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I took mine back to the florist that made it and they took it apart and arranged it on a grape vine wreath. It is now hanging in my dining room.
 

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I didn't have a bouquet. I had a little circle 'crown' of flowers. It was gorgeous. I kept it for years. Last time DH and I looked at it, it was in rough shape. We thought for a few moments, said our goodbyes and threw it away.<br><br>
I wish I would have thought of one of your ideas back when it was still in good shape. Such lovely ways to keep it without clutter!!
 

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My mom's boyfriend is an artist, and painted a lovely picture of my bouquet for me (I think it was my wedding gift from him). He also included my DD's flower wreath, DH's boutinerre (I know...I have no clue how to spell it) and my mom's little bouquet. And my sister's bridesmaid dress is draped on the table in the painting. It's above my mantel in my living room, and I totally adore it. The real flowers Mom threw away before I got back from my honeymoon, but that was fine--I would have pitched them myself, and she knew it. I don't like dried flowers, they just don't have the lovely vibrant colors I loved so much in my bouquet.<br><br>
My close friend used fake flowers for our bridesmaid bouquets, and I took mine apart. I used most of the flowers stuck in a grapevine wreath for my door, and keep the rest with my other silk flowers. I use them sometimes in vases around the house, and they make me smile when I see them--I know exactly which flowers they are!
 
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