If you want to have an easier time at arranging flowers in a vase….besides starting with greenery to create an armature to hold your flowers in place, I recommend using vases with some sort of a neck. The neck helps to hold the flowers upright. Even if you wanted a vase full of flowers with NO greenery, the neck will help to keep the flowers where you want them to be….remember, you are the boss! You make the flowers do what you want them to do!
I taught a flower arranging class a week ago to a local Gardening Club. The one thing that all the ladies kept repeating to me and the biggest take away was this tip…..always start your flower arrangement with your greenery. The greenery acts as an armature and holds the flower stems in place when you are ready to add your flowers. If you are working with floral foam you would still start with your greenery, because the goal is to HIDE all of your mechanics….mechanics are things like floral foam and tape. Both are integral to the durability of the centerpiece, but you don’t want to see either. The exception to this rule is if you are using some of the new Colored Floral Foam. It is made in red, lime green, harvest orange,grey, cream/ivory and black. And, the purpose of using the colored foam is to let it show!
This weeks flower arranging video shows you how to incorporate photos in the centerpiece to really customize the occasion. I show you how to do this in the video, but I also tell you in the video that I will provide more information about how to measure the photos here in the blog. So here are the additional, detailed instructions about how to size the photos for your centerpiece.
Choose photos you want to use…they can include childhood photos, family photos, pet photos, tie the photos into whatever the occasion is you are making the centerpieces for.
Buy your vases. A square vase works best for this because it adds dimension and interest as opposed to the smooth finish of a photo pressed against a rounded glass vase.
Using a piece of paper, measure the length needed to create the desired tension from opposite corners of the square vase. On the same piece of paper, measure the height of the containers base to its lip. Subtract ½ inch from the width and height measurements to obtain the finished photo size.
Get the photos laminated. Make sure the laminate trim extends ¼ inch around the entire photo. A Kinko’s or similar type store will be able to laminate your photos for you.
Curve the laminate photo and place inside the vase. You will need two photos per vase.
Follow the rest of the steps in the video.
Hi There, Have any of you seen Sex and the City 2? I just saw it today…..did you notice all the flowers at the hotel? OMG, I was in heaven looking at all those flowers. Several of the florals I saw were similar to some of the florals I’ve shared with you. My Oprah Winfrey Network audition uses the white phaelenopsis orchids like one of the centerpieces in the hotel suite of the girls….I saw several fresh flower pomanders…most were made out of red roses….so far I’ve shown you only how to make one with green carnations, but the mechanics are the same…I’d say the only differences are the cost of the flowers roses vs. carnations and the flower head count…I think you may need a few more roses than carnations….depends upon the variety, but if you are using a rose head that is the same size as the carnation head then the count would be the same.
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