Easy Ways To Make Your Flowers Look Great
Have you been put off
buying fresh flowers in the past, because you think that you need
lots of skill to arrange flowers successfully? Well, the Flowers
& Plants Association have some great ideas for you, for displaying
your flowers in stylish yet simple ways.
Basic Household Containers
Even if you haven't got a single vase in the house,
you can still enjoy cut flowers. Wine, beer, and mineral water bottles
come in interesting shapes and colours, and reduce arranging to
its basics. Choose flowers with large heads like gerbera, lilies,
orchids or sunflowers - add one stem per bottle and line them up
on your mantelpiece for instant glamour.
Jugs, teapots, tumblers and even jam jars can all be used for displaying
flowers. With smaller containers such as teapots and jam jars, the
flowers look better with the stems cut short, so that the flowerheads
"float" on the rim of the pot. Choose flowers with full
heads like dahlias, carnations, chrysanthemums and daffodils. Mass
in separate colours for high style, or fill out with interesting
foliages for a rustic, harvest-festival feel. Glasses and jars can
also be put inside more attractive non-waterproof containers to
hold the water for the flowers.
Ringing the Changes with Boring Vases
Maybe you have got a suitable vase, but it's ugly, or the colour
doesn't go with your flowers, or you are tired of looking at it.
Try wrapping a headscarf around it - place the vase in the middle,
pull up the fabric around, and tie with a ribbon or even a rubber
band at the neck. If you don't have a scarf, try crepe paper or
giftwrap - just take care when you add the water. You could then
co-ordinate the flowers with the colours in the fabric or paper.
Alternatively cover the outside of the vase in double-sided adhesive
tape, then stick large leaves vertically around. Tuck the ends of
the leaves underneath and stick them down, then tie the vase in
the middle with raffia or string for a floral parcel. Some houseplant
leaves look wonderful for this as they are glossy, or have exotic
markings or colouration. If you have no leaves, wind string - plain
or coloured - in coils around the bottles and jars for an ethnic
look; or satin parcel ribbon for a shiny finish.
And if all else fails...
If you really are unsuccessful at arranging your flowers, or you
have had a few disasters in trying the above, then a lovely way
of displaying flowers is to cut off individual flower heads and
float them in a low dish of water. You can also add small floating
candles for a "de-light-ful" dinner party tablecentre.
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