So, when you are thinking about flower arranging, there is absolutely no good reason not to think about unusual containers for holding flowers. I mean things like shoes, boxes, jewelry boxes, jars, drinking glasses of all shapes and sizes including margarita glasses, martini glasses, wine glasses and specialty shaped glasses. Just remember if choosing a container like a shoe, you’ll have to use a liner or something else to hold the floral foam and water….you wouldn’t put floral foam or water right into a shoe….did I need to say that???
In previous posts I’ve talked about floral foam and frogs. Other “mechanics” that will make your life easier include things like floral tape, liners and pins.
Foral tape is used to hold floral foam in a container. It can also be used to hold flower stems together, as with a bridal bouquet. You can use floral tape to make a grid on the top of your vases, which allows you to position your flower stems where you want them to be and keeps them there.
Liners often come with a basket or similar type container. You can also buy liners in different sizes to fit different containers and you can make your own liners using a heavy gauge plastic. Either way, you would use a liner in a container that would not normally hold water. The use of the liner allows you to make a floral arrangment in a container that won’t leak. I use liners in baskets, terra cotta pots, galvanized buckets and unusual containers like boxes and shoes.
There are two different kinds of floral pins that come to mind. The first is called a “greening pin” and is used to hold things in place in a floral arrangement. An example would be the use of greening pins to hold moss in place. The other type of pin is a boutonniere or corsage pin and they are used to hold a boutonniere or corsage in place while being worn on someone’s clothing.
I’m often asked how often someone should change the water in a vase arrangement. The answer is every day! At a minimum, change the water every other day. If you really want to make sure your flowers last, give them a fresh cut at the same time you change the water.
If you have a floral arrangement in floral foam, you don’t change the water, instead you add water. Depending upon the temperature conditions where you are, you may need to add water every day. The goal is to keep the floral foam saturated because that is what is delivering the water source to the flower.
Flowers need water like we need air!
So I know that when you think of flower arranging, you immidiately think of a vase as the vessel to hold the flowers. And, of course, a vase is a great vessel to hold your flowers. But, I would like to encourage you to think outside of the box when it comes to flower arranging containers. Besides vases, think about, dishes, ceramics, baskets, paper boxes, fabric covered boxes, tea cups, drinking glasses….what can you come up with that would be unusual and functional? I’ve used golf shoes, jewelry boxes, terra cotta pots, plastic outdoor glasses, ash trays, bowls….really the possibilities are endless.