With Father’s Day nearing, we wanted to put together a memorable floral gift for our favorite man that wasn’t too “girly.” With a vintage codfish box found on a trip to Vermont as the base, we created a collection box filled with symbolic treasures and our version of a talking bouquet, personalized just for the dad in our life. Check out our tips after the jump to create a simple, creative and thoughtful Father’s Day treat. Your box can be as lovey, manly or sentimental as Dear Old Dad would like! —
The full how-to (and more pictures) continue after the jump…
The tussie-mussie or “talking bouquet” is a key ingredient in our collection box. These small posies were carried and worn by folks from ancient times to the Middle Ages. They were meant to not only mask unpleasant smells (not that your dad smells or anything!), but also were presented as floral messages, most notably in Victorian times. Each flower and herb was assigned a symbolic meaning, and the recipient would decode the bouquet. Over time and through different cultures, some plants acquired more than one meaning. Don’t forget to include a key to help your dad understand your “bouquet.” (There are many books and websites out there dedicated to the language of flowers that can help you compose your message!)
The collection box is easy to put together with any ingredients and sentiments. We first found all the items we wanted to include and divided the box into small sections using chipboard and hot glue. To house the tussie-mussies, we cut a small plastic cup to fit under the lid of the box and nestled the flowers inside with a small amount of water. The other sections of the box were filled with small pillows of moss to bring everything closer to the surface. We made tiny gallery numbers (using hole-punched numbers glued to pins) to label each item in the box, and on the bottom of the lid we typed a note explaining the symbolism behind each item. Happy Father’s Day!