Post # 1
I present…med cap flowers! Whoo!
Here’s the back story: I work in an ER, and I give a LOT of IV medications. they all come with flip-off tops so they stay sterile prior to drawing them up with a syringe. What to do with all the tops? Well, some may say throw them away. NOT I!! I save them and make pretty flowers out of them. I fell in love with the Brooch Bouquet idea and this is my own (almost free for me) version:
Note: all pictures taken by me!
Step one: gather your materials:
Hot glue gun
Lots of lids (5 small and one large per flower)
Wax paper or news paper work surface
Step two: get your first flower’s caps
Next: arrange your small caps so they look like a flower without the center:
Here’s the part where I may have burned myself a few times: apply an ample amount of hot glue to the outside edge of your center cap.
Finally: VERY CAREFULLY place your center cap on top of your flower base. It doesn’t have to be perfect right away, as you have a few seconds before the glue sets, but the closer you are to center, the less mess to clean up.
Finally, hold down for a few seconds to let the glue set, and add to your collection of beautiful flowers! As you can see, there are MANY different color caps you can use for these, so your options are fairly endless.
I actually made these as name badge decals for the girls at work, but you can expect that I may make some for my wedding when the time comes and I’ve saved enough caps. To do that, it would be the same basic idea as the brooch bouquet: simply glue floral wire to the base of the flower and arrange . I hope you enjoyed!
Post # 3
What!?!?! Totally cute idea! Very creative to take something so mundane from work and transform it into something so colorful and adorable. 🙂
Post # 4
total trash to treasure!
I save the little cardboards from the ends of 2×2 guaze sleeves. haha. Use them in cardmaking.
Can’t wait to see the bouquet you create.
Post # 5
Ha Ha!! This cracked me up because as soon as I saw the pic I was like “hey, those look like the tops from some of the meds I give (Ceftriaxone), I work in an IMU here in Houston!! Adorable and unique, love your idea!!
Post # 6
I think this is so CUTE!
Now I’m kinda jealous that I don’t work in the medical field. 😛
Post # 8
I start Nursing school this September so this caught my eye 🙂 How adorable!
Post # 9
I’ve been saving the tops too…LOL I just cant throw them away for some reason. I have a whole jar full!
Post # 13
love this.. I am sitting at work right now grinning from ear to ear (I’m an RN)… I’ve probably thrown about 20 of these bad boys out today. dangit! totally cute.
Post # 14
These are SO cute! I need to find some of these. All of my BMs are in medical fields. I want to make them some! Maybe I can find someone to save these for me.
Post # 15
Oh my goodness! Probably the first time in a long time that I’ve been sad I left hospital nursing to become a homecare nurse, I want a bouquet like this!! Guess I’ll be calling in a favor to all my long lost hospital buddies =)
Post # 16
Thanks so much for all of your comments everyone!
I’ve received such overwhelming feedback that I’ve actually decided to make some of these as bouquets and try to sell them. I’ll definitely post again when I’ve got my first one made! Any color suggestions?