I wanted to create a table design that was also suitable for a housewarming gift for a friend. I have posted a rose cube design before on my site, but this time I wanted to create a domed effect with the red roses. The roses and alstroemeria were from a supermarket, but responsibly sourced (the roses are Fairtrade and the alstroemeria are from a British grower). I went for rich warm colours which work well in Autumn, but of course would also make a lovely Christmas design. To make this more Autumnal you could add berries, seedheads or rose hips.
How to Create
I used a 10cm chunky cube vase for this design, but you could also sit the flowers in a small fishbowl style vase.
I removed all the lower leaves from the roses and alstroemeria. These roses had no thorns to remove. I cut a length of string ready then started to create a dome of roses in my hand. To create a tight dome you need to hold the flowers high up the stem, keep turning and adding a rose to create a circle, with the central flowers slightly above those on the outside. I tied the string around the binding point (where you are holding the flowers). Then using the vase as a guide, cut the stems so the roses would sit just above the vase rim. When I sat the roses in the vase they naturally fell apart a little, so I inserted three stems of alstroemeria in the gaps. I diluted some rose flower food and added this to the vase, making sure all the stems were in the water.
As this was also an Engagement present I added a diamante pin – to add some sparkle!