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Jan 24 2014

Easy Flower Arranging

Easy Flower Arranging -

hydrangeas in urnI love fresh flowers in the house, especially in the dining room and master bedroom. When my hubby and I were dating he would bring me fresh flowers every week. ♥ I loved seeing his grin as he presented my new bundle of blooms. But, fresh flowers this time of the year can be expensive. Many frown on using silk flowers in arrangements; I see no reason not to use them. These lovely low maintenance beauties are so pretty and there is  a wonderful variety available to choose from.

 The other day it was particularly gloomy and dark outside and I was being nudged by my desire for a pop of color on our dining room table. It has been bare since the holidays, and a bare tabletop is not an option. :-) I found this lovely two handled urn at Michaels craft store a while ago. It has a lot of character and reminds me of something you would buy from a little shop in Greece or Italy.

urn

 

Michaels had their hydrangeas on sale recently too. I took advantage of their sale and picked up these beautiful flowers in colors to match the kitchen and dining accents. With the addition of a few flowers and greenery I dug out of my craft supplies I created our new centerpiece. I have enjoyed creating floral arrangements for many years. I find it to be both a creative outlet and it allows for quiet contemplation. I have a floral arrangement in my art room you may remember from my “where I create” post. That I made a few years ago. Did you know you can clean silk flowers with canned air? It works well.

art room

tall vessel florwer arrangingArranging a simple floral centerpiece  can be achieved in just a few easy steps. There is no need for pins, glue or dry moss for this easy creation.

What You Need For The Hydrangea Arrangement (or one similar to it)

Hydrangeas

Cherry blossoms

Some leafy greenery

Urn (or pitcher)

Some wire snips

Flower tape (or a rubber band)

note – I forgot the floral foam in the supplies photo so I just added it at the bottom :-)

 

Place the floral foam into the bottom of your vase/vessel so that it fills the whole bottom. You may need to cut, squish and push a bit. When I am working with a tall vase/vessel I find it easiest to gather all of the flowers in my hand like a bouquet. Using the large flowers as the focal piece and then slowly adding in the greenery and smaller flowers  turning the arrangement as I go until I achieve my desired look.

Once I have them all arranged nicely I adjust them easily by pulling up on some flowers and moving others down. Then I simply wrap the stems in floral tape and begin to carefully snip the ends off. Then place the arrangement firmly into your floral foam in your vase/vessel.

This method only works with a tall vase or vessel. If you are working with a round,square vessel or short you will need to use floral tape to quadrant off your area. I will share that process in a future post.

hydrangeas

One of the things I love about flower arranging is that there really is no wrong way to do it!  The formality of flower arranging has long gone and with a few simple tricks (like the taping the stems together) you can create lovely bouquets for a fraction of the cost of pre-made ones. the big taa daa moment! :-)

flower arranging tips

 

Do you use silk flowers in your home decor?

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  1. Kizzy @ The Dainty Dolls House

    So so very beautiful. Have always wanted to learn flower arranging, I must do it sometime. I love flowers!! Gorgeous to see doll. I hope you have a wonderful weekend xx

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you sweet Kizzy, the weekend has flown by. Hope that yours was filled with good things. xo

  2. japolina

    So pretty!

    1. Katherines Corner

      thank you, Hugs!

  3. Janine Huldie

    Absolutely beautiful Katie and love your latest flower arrangement! Have a great weekend :)

    1. Katherines Corner

      you are such a sweetie. Thank you xoxo

  4. April - My Bizarre Family

    Your flower arrangements are very lovely! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Katherines Corner

      thank you and thank you for visiting, Hugs!

  5. Missy

    Your flowers look great, I have no talent in that area, I just grab the bouquet, stick it in and try to make it a little even. LOL

    1. Katherines Corner

      I really enjoy doing it. xo

  6. Alex J. Cavanaugh

    You do a beautiful job with your arrangements. Mine would make you cringe – buy flowers at store, bring home and drop in tall glass of water.

    1. Katherines Corner

      giggle! Hugs

  7. Anna Popescu

    Love that pink arrangement and the urn, Katie! Yes, I decorate with silk flowers and I see nothing wrong with that. :-)

    1. Anna Popescu

      Forgot to say I also display fresh flowers as a special treat to myself once in a while!

      1. Katherines Corner

        we think alike, xo

  8. myrecentfavoritebooks

    Your flower arrangements are so pretty Katherine! =)

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you sweet Melissa. xo

  9. DeDivahDeals

    Come on Spring so we can get some free fresh flowers! Enjoy the weekend my friend!

    1. Katherines Corner

      I love bringing fresh cut flowers in from our garden xo

  10. Rosey

    I did know you could use canned air to clean them. :) You did a great job!

    1. Katherines Corner

      Of course you knew, you are one smart cookie. xox

  11. the Painted Apron

    I love to have flowers in the house, but artificial just don’t do it for me~I love your new urn though, and your flowers do look real!!
    Jenna

    1. Katherines Corner

      I hope this inspired you to fill a vase with fresh flowers. Hugs

  12. Momfever

    Yes I definitely do! Though they may be plastic. I like the fact that I don’t have to take care of them. They just stand there, looking pretty.

    1. Katherines Corner

      I do love the silk ones. xo

  13. Savannah Ganny

    Your arrangement turned out beautifully. I do use silk flowers from time to time. I also love dried flowers and all sorts of dried naturals. In the spring and early summer, I have lots of fresh flowers in the garden and that is a special time. You are so correct, we are needing a bit of color about now. xoxoGinger

  14. Carrie Groneman

    Hey friend, this is so pretty. I currently have 3 empty vases/containers/baskets that I do not have a clue what to put in them or how to make it look gorgeous instead of tacky. My goal is to use your tutorial here with life plants. You have an AMAZING talent!!!

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