DIY flower bouquet guaranteed to get you dumped on Valentine’s day

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[Erik] is a broke engineer.

When this past Valentine’s day rolled around he didn’t have any cash to buy a gift for his girlfriend, so he had to get creative. Every girl likes flowers, but unless he was going to give his lady some day old daises from the grocery dumpster, he would have to make them himself.

He started by bundling together and bending some T-shirt hangers into stems. He then wrapped them in the green & green/white wire pairs from some Cat-5 cable to give them some color. An old keyboard was sacrificed to create the flower petals and leaves, which were presumably colored with markers before being glued to the end of the hangers. He added a reed switch to the flower pot, which illuminates the LEDs he installed under the petals when a magnet-bearing cardboard placard reading “Love Erik” was placed near it.

How did his girlfriend like them?  Well, let’s just say she’s no longer in the picture. He didn’t tell us if the bouquet was the reason, only that she’s gone. (though we happen to think it’s pretty cool).

 

Keep reading to see a quick video demonstration of the light-up bouquet.

36 thoughts on “DIY flower bouquet guaranteed to get you dumped on Valentine’s day

  1. it is march 10 today Valentine’s day is feb 14

    kind of late for this year ( unless there is some religion i am unaware of that celebrates their Valentine’s day on march 14)

  2. @Bill – Yes, it’s probably engineering student rather than engineer.

    @Hackius – In the email he sent us describing this project, he mentioned that she’s now an ex. I took the 50/50 chance of being wrong and went with the option that made for a funnier title!

  3. Wow do you see the amount of effort that went into that thing? Way more than swiping a credit card at the florist. If she dumped him over that, he should say good riddance.

  4. Heck, i would have been really grateful for those flowers…i’m an unemployed engineer and i could have hacked those LED’s and the reed switch for a project i’m working on!!!!

  5. Even if he got dumped, I don’t think it was because of the flowers. Here are the comments to his blog posting (Belia is the girl they were made for):

    (Feb 23, 2011) Anonymous said:
    Belia said below comment. love .
    (Feb 23, 2011) Anonymous said:
    Thank you for such an awesome gift! Beats real flowers by a million…. to think I wanted to through that old typewriter away. Creativity at its finest. Your the best.

  6. Why can’t girlfriend and Engineer be in the same sentence? I’m not done my degree yet, maybe that makes the difference, but I haven’t noticed any stigma towards engineers from women…

  7. You may ask yourself, “How do I work this?”

    -and you may ask yourself, “Where is that large automobile?”

    You may ask yourself, “Am I right? Am I wrong?”

    And you may say to yourself, “My God, what have I done?”

    (same as it ever was)

  8. I think she is an idiot if she dumped him. He’s so creative and a genius. If it was me, I would have kept him for life.

  9. @Fallen

    Two things. One could be that most engineers are socially inept nerds.

    Second, depending on your engineering degree, the last year will be the most stressing on your relationship. 18 hours a day in class, studying or in the lab and no weekends free. The majority of my classmates relationships ended the last year of school then made it.

    Lucky my girlfriend was a classmate, so we went through that hell together.

  10. @Bill

    “One could be that most engineers are socially inept nerds”

    Pfft, not all of us, we just prefer cool girls interested in electronics & hardware.. Sadly girls like that are quite rare to come by… ^_^

  11. @Johannes

    I said most, not all. :P Though the statement is more true for computer scientists then it is for engineers. Hehe.

    “we just prefer cool girls interested in electronics & hardware”

    I know, that’s why I’ve been dating one for years.

  12. Search “geek dating” on Google. Sadly, single geek girls in their 30’s aren’t common. And no, Jeri Ellsworth wasn’t interested. ;)

  13. Pity.

    One of my most meaningful gifts from my lover was a simple synthetic blue flower given to me during a Halloween party. I wore it for the rest of the time at the party, as well I have it saved.

    She gave it to me while she was on her knees, looking up at me. There were people in the other room, who didnt even know of our relationship… including my (at the time) fiance.

  14. I made something like this for my girlfriend on valentines day. I cut up a monster can cleaned it and made a sunflower out of the bottom of the can and added an led to back light it powered by a couple of AA batteries and a switch. It was pretty simple but it impressed her and was my first attempt at soldering so i was proud of it

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