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Wedding Bouquet Ornaments

Ian Johnson

Bouquet Photo by Lockie Photography

I wanted to share a recent DIY project Ian and I did to repurpose our wedding flowers into fun little keepsakes for our family.  This post is a little past its holiday prime, but hey, that’s what you get when your crafts are also surprise gifts for family :)

When Ian and I married this past July, I had the most beautiful bouquet crafted by the ingenious Remy from Labellum.  It was a fragrant bouquet filled with rosemary, lavender, mint, ferns, ornamental cabbage, and more.  When the day was done, I couldn’t bear to throw it away.

Photo by Lockie Photography

I’d caught wind of the idea of using your dried bouquet to fill glass ornaments, which really resonated with me.  It seemed like a great way to transform a commonly ephemeral piece of the wedding into a preserved treasure.  I wanted each ornament to maintain the feel of my bouquet, so instead of crushing the leaves or using just the flower petals, I managed to gently coax whole bits of flowers and greenery and move them around with a bamboo skewer. Once everything was placed, I put the metal cap back on, and tied a little ribbon to the top.  I love the modern organic look, and each one is a piece of art holding so much meaning within a little glass orb.




We created an ornament for everyone in our wedding party and a couple extra for us to keep (gotta have spares in case one breaks!). Now we all have a little memento to remind them of that awesome day we tied the knot. :)

Our Ink Roller Box

Ian Johnson

Keeping your ink rollers round and true is one of the essential responsibilities of a letterpress printer.  These soft rubbery things are incredibly precisely cast, and are soooo easily dented or distorted.  Leaving them on an ink disk or plate for even an hour can damage them irreversibly, so it’s of utmost importance to have a safe home to store them in, rather than on the press.  


We couldn’t find anything online that was just right (or affordable) to keep our rollers in.  There are roller boxes here and there online, but we needed one that could store six 8x12 C&P rollers at the same time and there was nothing available.


So I made one.


Six rollers at a time!

cheap utility pulls


I’m pretty proud of it.  While I don’t have any woodworking skills or a shop to speak of, it came out pretty well.  I designed it all in Sketchup, and built it in the garage.  Actually, I still need to cleanup all that sawdust…  please don’t tell Mina:).


The design uses two levels which each hold three rollers at a time, and keeps them suspended above the bottom and separated from each other.  Therefore as George Bluth says, we have… “No touching!”  The nifty part of the design is that both sets of shelves are removable from the box itself (while holding rollers), so you can remove each set independently while never having to set a roller out on a surface.  Maximum functionality!  


I’ve had a few requests to make these for sale, but as I said, I sort of have no idea what I’m doing.  I wish I was efficient enough to be able to produce these commercially, but I definitely am not.  This took me over three days of solid work to produce.  However, if you would like to build one yourself I’ll happily provide the Skectchup plans.  Just shoot me an email!  ian -at-



getting greasy, nbd

removable trays

roller tray detail

roller tray detail

without the top tray