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Man Bouquets

Man bouquets compressedMy little brother, Derek, turned 40 yesterday, and my sister-in-law, Felicia, is having a big party for him tonight. A few days ago I asked her for suggestions on what to do for his birthday present. In response, she handed me a bag of craft supplies, two vases, and a bag of sample-sized liquor bottles and said, “I was going to make man bouquets for him, but I don’t think I’ll have time. Why don’t you make them?”

At first I didn’t get it. Then she showed me a picture from an online craft site, and started explaining, “First, you hot glue the bottles of liquor to the shish-kebob skewers…”

“Wait, wait, wait. You’re telling me hot glue is strong enough to hold the bottle on the skewer?”Man bouquet 2a compressed

“That’s what it says in the instructions,” Felicia replied.

“OK, I’ll give it a shot.”

It took some doing, but if you build up enough hot glue you can defy the laws of physics and get those bottles to stay on. Still, I wanted to hedge my bets so I added the pipe cleaner supports. It made me feel better and they’re cute.

Man bouquet 1a compressedThe glass bottles of Bombay Sapphire and Jameson were heavier and trickier. I had to first make a little cardboard support platform, glue that to the skewer, and then glue the bottle to the platform. The glass bottles also got extra pipe cleaner support.

I’m pleased with how these came out. If you want to try it, contact me and I can give you more suggestions for successfully making a man bouquet.


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