Create a Unique Flower Arrangement

Preserve your Valentine's Day flowers! Follow these simple steps from TLC Family to dry roses, carnations and all of your other special blooms to enjoy for many years to come.

Every February, it's common to see carnations and roses in shades of red, pink and white almost everywhere you turn. But we advise decorating your home with unexpected, fresh flowers like lilies, orchids and ranunculus, and arranging them in floral containers that make a bold statement.

Traditional glass vases are simple and ordinary. Instead, search boutiques and antique markets for milk glass, bowls, tin pitchers, sea glass vases or unique glass tumblers that will highlight flowers' colors and blossoms.

If you're hosting a Valentine's Day dinner, fill clear vases with red and pink candies and conversation hearts. Carefully push the candy to the outside of each vase, and insert fresh tulips or pink hydrangeas in the middle to create a one-of-a-kind centerpiece. Dress up an ordinary round dining room table by gathering several small vases and filling them with daisies, peonies or tea roses. In the center of your table, arrange the vases in the shape of a heart. For an even bigger statement, dip the petals of select flowers in glue, and drizzle glitter over the edges to dazzle your dinner guests.