Tulips Cube

IMG_0105Tulips are at their height right now in our parks and gardens.  This is a quick and easy compact design that celebrates the vibrant colour range and variety that tulips offer.  I grouped the colours together to create impact but you could scatter the different colours through the vase for a softer look.

How to Create a Tulip Cube

IMG_0102I used a small 9 cm glass cube for a dozen tulips so they would be tightly packed.

I held one tulip against the vase, so the head of the tulip was just above the top and cut to length.  I then used this as a guide to cut all the other tulips.

Grouping the colours together I filled the vase.  Finally I added the grass that came with this bunch of tulips, letting it fall across the flowers.

Add cold water to the vase, or use diluted flower food.

 

 

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Autumnal Roses

img_5432I 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!

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Seaside Roses

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A simple modern design of soft peach roses in a cube vase complemented by seashells for a summery feel.  This would also work with white or cream roses, or other colours could be accessorized with glass cubes/marbles, pebbles.  If you were having a party this design could be repeated in sets of 3 or 5 to create a lovely table centrepiece surrounded by nightlights.

“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.”

Emma Goldman – well maybe both would be good!

How to Create

I used a glass cube about 12cm square, which I filled about halfway with mixed shells.  Dilute your flower food and pour into the vase.  I then created a grid using narrow sellotape across the top of the vase.  You will need to create gaps for 9 roses, so 2 lengths of sellotape in each direction.  Try not to bring the sellotape too far down sides of the vase that way it won’t be visible.  I selected the 9 best roses from my bunch, and cut the stems so they would fit above the shells, remove all remaining leaves.  I then slotted each rose into the grid, as more roses are added they support each other.   Make sure the water reaches the rose stems and top up a little if needed.