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To celebrate the end of our summer break, and the start of a new school year, I invited some of my teaching colleagues for a morning tea. I made some delicious snacks and added miniature floral arrangements to make the day special. A round floral arrangement has no front or back, so they are ideal to use as centerpieces for a tea table.
Approximate Time: 45 minutes
1. When using a small container, as was used in this project, do not use large flowers. Small flowers will lead to a more balanced result.
2. To make the arrangement last longer, add water to the foam daily.
By Benetta from Pretoria, Gauteng
Keeping with the April Showers theme and Spring, I used a new rain boot to make a display. A child's boot could also be used, maybe one that was headed for the trash due to a leak.
To make bouquet sturdier in a vase use marbles. They look good in a clear vase, but will work in any type of vase.
Floral arrangements are best classified by shape. This project describes how to build a tall triangular floral arrangement. When complete, it will look best on a podium, shelf, or end table as the tallest of three objects.
With the lasting popularity of old-world décor, this grape arrangement will add class and color to an end table, dining table, pedestal, or architectural niche. You can use the same concept with different varieties of fruit, or add seasonal flowers or ribbons to change the look of the arrangement.
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I make silk flower arrangements. I have been asked to do a fresh flower wedding in August; is there a big difference?
By Cindy from Middletown, DE
Huge difference! Fresh is much harder! It is hot in August and fresh flowers are very perishable. Roses that are buds when you start are opening and dying within hours so unless you have a cooler to store them in you have to get and arrange flowers the day of the wedding. You can not bend stems any way you like as you would with silks. If you cut a fresh flower stem and it is too short, you are stuck with it and it is wasted. With a silk you can simply extend the wire stem by taping on a longer wire. Unless you have a wholesale source fresh flowers are expensive. You are also limited to the actual colors of the flowers. Don't forget that you will need oasis, waterproof containers, corsage and boutonniere bags and pins. Just FYI, Costco does sell special order arranged wedding flowers.
Lindal is right. I am also a silk wedding flower provider. You also have to consider shipping costs, and most fresh flower arrangements can only be made up within 72 hours of the event.
Refrigeration and changing out water is key. Plus you'll need floral foam versus styrofoam.
It could be real headache. I don't take on fresh clients. I just don't have the needed staff and refrigeration to properly handle these types of request.
I saw a "cupcake" that is a small floral arrangement and I'd like to make one of my own. The "paper cupcake liner" looks to be a small terra cotta pot with ridges. The "cupcake frosting" is actually a mound of white carnations.
Any suggestions as to how I can achieve the terra cotta ridged "cupcake liner"?
By Jan from Louisville, KY
I would use a piece of corrugated cardboard with one smooth side removed (this often comes as packing material or you can try splitting the layer away yourself) then spray paint it any color you like. Wrap around any appropriate container, wavy side out, and there you go!
I've seen large silicone molds for baking a large "cupcake" cake for birthdays. The mold could be used for the bottom.
I am looking for step by step instructions on how to make a fresh, silk and dried flower arrangements using the floral and dry foam. Also, where can I get supplies at a discount price?
Nancy from Hatfield, PA
There are many used flower arranging books available at Amazon.com at a good price, or you might try your local library if you don't want to buy a book. I am a professional floral designer, and my advice is to shop at Wal-Mart for the best prices. You may have a floral wholesaler nearby, but generally they will not sell to anyone who does not have a retail license specifically designated for flowers, but it won't hurt to try. Hard to beat Wal-Mart prices, though. Good luck.
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Peonies, mock orange, and weigela compliment each other and create a bouquet with an old-fashioned look. Makes me smile whenever I look at this photo.
By ~gloria from western NY
Here is a craft for too small boots or ones no longer wanted. Place a rolled up magazine inside to keep it upright. Stuff some tissue paper, foam, or moss in the boot, artificial flowers or greenery inside, and you have a great floral arrangement.
For Christmas, you could put any type of Christmas flower, ornaments, garland, sprigs, pine cones; the list is endless. You could use live plants with any container that fits your boot. You can decorate the outside of the boot any way you like. Makes a great gift or just keep for yourself. You could also do a Thanksgiving project with boots too. Your imagination is all you need.
By Tricia from Ridgeway, VA