We were at an event where every table had a different bouquet and, of course, I had to absorb the colors and combinations. The two arrangements below are nestled in DIY Woodsy Centerpieces. Bendable twigs, vines and branches are wrapped around glass vases. The branches-wrapped-vases sit on thick slabs of wood. Simple. Woodsy. Pretty.
I love flowers and so does a friend who just celebrated her birthday.
When it comes to flowers, I usually just trim stems and place flowers in a vase. But I got in the mood to dress up a pretty, ceramic bowl. This easy DIY Floral Arrangement is a perfect birthday, holiday or hostess gift as well as a centerpiece idea.
Happy creating (and Happy Holidays), hon!
1. Vessel–this could be a bowl, vase, mug, glass or anything else you want to give as a gift.
2. Floral Foam (Oasis)–can be purchased at a gardening center or craft store.
3. Flowers–they must have sturdy enough stems to withstand being pushed into the foam. I chose smaller flowers to complement the size of the bowl.
4. Tape–the gardening center didn’t have floral tape so I used Scotch Tape.
5. Pruning Shears or Scissors.
1. Cut floral foam to fit vessel.
2. Sit foam in vessel and tape in place so it won’t shift.
3. Trim flower stems to desired lengths.
4. Insert flowers in foam, carefully, starting in the center and working your way out.
5. Water flowers by pouring water in space between foam and vessel wall. The foam will absorb a lot of water. Holding flowers in place, pour off excess water.
Last month, Hubby and I hosted a big family event. Hon, you know what I love about a party besides celebrating happy occasions with friends and family? The theme! I love coordinating colors and carrying the theme through the details. It fires up my imagination.
Since the theme of the party was Broadway shows, the Manhattan skyline became a design element on the favors, large scale decorations and the centerpieces. I created the vessels and then handed them off to florist Kristen Carlberg*, who brought my vision of happy, bright, colorful bouquets to life. I must give a shout out to my good friend, Ina Wallman*. Not only does she have an exquisite eye for design, she helped me focus my many ideas into one cohesive plan.
Each table was set with cream tablecloths and fuchsia napkins. Round tables featured one larger (6 inches by 6 inches) centerpiece while larger oval tables featured three smaller (5 inches by 5 inches) centerpieces, lined up in a row.
*If you are interested in getting in touch with florist, Kristen Carlberg or interior designer, Ina Wallman, please leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll exchange contact info.
Happy decorating, hon!
–Unfinished wooden boxes. I bought mine at G & G Distributors, a wholesale floral and craft store and website.
–White paint. I used leftover water-based wall paint, semi-gloss.
–Paintbrushes or foam brushes.
–Decorations to wrap around the boxes.
–Varnish, optional. (I didn’t varnish the boxes, but wish I did. Water-based paint tends to run when water touches it.)
–Glass inserts for flowers and water. The florist supplied these. She measured the insides of the boxes ahead of time so she’d know what sizes to get. The unfinished wooden boxes came with thin, plastic liners. If I was using floral green foam, then the plastic liners might have sufficed, but they wouldn’t hold cut flowers in water.
–Gather supplies, including wrap-around stickers or whatever you are using for decorating the boxes. Hubby has a talent for graphic design so he worked up a Manhattan skyline and ordered the custom-designed stickers an online site. Or a paper design (not on paper that’s too thin) that coordinates with your theme can be used. Paper designs can be secured around the perimeter of the boxes using craft glue.
–Measure designs by wrapping them around boxes and cutting them to fit. They’ll be ready to apply once the boxes are painted and dry.
Sending you a virtual bouquet of Ranunculus on this beautiful day. I recently came across a greeting card with a message as rich as the pink and purple colors and as layered as the petals of the bouquet above.
“She took a deep breath, declared her heart free and thanked herself for being so patient with it.”
I turned the card over. The card’s designer is Leigh Standley, the name of her company is Curly Girl Design, and she has a blog. How fitting, since I’m a “curly girl” as well.