Just like fruit, vegetables make for amazing arrangement alternatives to flowers because of their color, shape and texture. Try a mix of cauliflower, artichokes, mushrooms and rosemary sprigs. To arrange them expertly, first add a floral foam brick inside of the vessel after soaking it in water. Then secure each vegetable in place by pressing it to the floral brick. Once they’re in place, fill the gaps between them with rosemary sprigs.
This Atlanta homeowner has created a gorgeous arrangement for her outdoor table using only blooms from her own garden. You don't need an enormous cutting garden, just some imagination and a few well chosen accessories (here, an old card catalogue drawer) to create a similar look.
You worked hard on those desserts (or you worked hard on preordering them for the big day!). Show them off by making your cakes, pies or cookies the centerpiece of your dining table. Complete the look with sprigs of natural greenery.
Having interior plant designs is refreshing and air purifying, and it gives your spaces the calm that all our homes should have, says Joe Guggia, a California floral designer. He mixes greenery and natural elements, such as willow, for his large pieces of “foliage art.”
When you're ready to arrange your harvested winterberry branches, cut about an inch off each stem, at an angle. Strip off any berries that would be below the water line in your container, to help prevent bacteria from growing, and add fresh water and a floral preservative.
Position the remaining focal bloom stems evenly around the arrangement. For this display, four stems have been inserted around the base and three stems around the top. Note: It’s okay to remove a stem from the foam and reinsert elsewhere but avoid if possible. Once a stem is inserted it creates a hole in the foam. Too many holes can lead to the foam splitting or dry it out faster.
This whimsical paper arrangement will last all season long and its vibrant blooms are easily repurposed for future projects. Follow these simple instructions to make paper tulips, peonies and daisies. To craft DIY shamrocks, cut four heart-shaped petals from crepe paper, then bind the bottom 1/4 of the petals to a wire stem using floral tape. Gently pull petals apart until desired look is achieved. To make DIY trailing vines, cut petal shapes from crepe paper, then stretch and crimp petals for an organic look. Use floral tape to attach petals down the length of a piece of bind wire and shape the wire as desired. Get materials and more instructions on the next slide.
Floral foam provides a sturdy support for fresh blooms when you're creating low table centerpieces or larger displays that call for more structure. It allows for versatility and endless possibilities in flower arranging. Learn all the ins and outs of floral foam and how to create your own display in just a few simple steps.