Tulips inside a bowl

tulipglobeThis is a very simple, but eye catching contemporary design, all you need are some tulips and a fish bowl vase the grass is optional.  The purple version below is in a smaller vase so only used one bunch of tulips.  You can also add pussy willow to complement the tulips.  The glass magnifies the tulips, drawing your eye to the beauty of these Spring flowers.

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How to create

Make sure your fishbowl vase is clean.

If your tulips have been in water leave them out of the water for 1/2 hour so the stems are more flexible

If you are using pussy willow or bear grass, cut off the thicker ends leaving the more flexible stems and curl this into the vase first.

Remove any bulky or damaged leaves from the tulips.  Cut to a length that will allow you to curl into the vase.  Then add your tulips one by one, making sure the stems are towards the bottom.

Turn the vase slightly each time so the flowers are spaced around the vase, vary the heights of the flowers – it looks good if one or two poke out above the rim of the vase.

Dilute your flower food in cold water and pour into the vase, make sure all the stems are in water.

 

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January Simplicity – Floating flowers

img_5477After the excess of the Christmas decorations, I went for a simple, fresh design.  I was able to keep some of the amaryllis flowers from last week’s design; as I had just a few individual blooms on a short stem the ideal design was to float them in a bowl.  A low bowl with floating flowers looks lovely on a coffee table, or as a table centre for a party.  You could use lilies or for a more fun look, gerbera.  This is also a perfect way to display hellebores, which should be appearing in gardens soon.  In this design I used glass cubes, but you could vary what you put in the vase – from natural stones to more glittery accessories.  The advantage of this design is it forces you to appreciate the flower close up – this particular flower made me think of a Georgia O’Keefe painting and of course her words…

okeefe“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the
moment.”

 

How to create

img_5478A very simple design to create.  Put your glass or stones in the bowl.  Cut off the flower heads with minimal stem. Add water then float the flowers on top.

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.