Posts Tagged ‘floral’

08/20/14

How to Create a Freeform Floral Centerpiece Without a Flower Frog

At this point, browsing beautiful flower arrangements on Pinterest has turned into a sad little hobby of mine. Sad only because I don’t think I can count Pinterest as a hobby. Can I? 

But after all of that browsing, I’ve realized that there aren’t many tutorials to show how to make the type of arrangement that I am particularly partial to. The kind of arrangement that feels a little more wild, organic, and freeform. Not rigid. Or ball-shaped. You know the type, right?

Sooo…I thought I’d create a tutorial today on how to make those free spirited, imperfect arrangements that I’m so fond of. Without a flower frog. That way, you can use a transparent vase or vessel. And bonus – you don’t need any extra gadgets.

This small arrangement is perfect for an impromptu dinner party, or resting on a side table in your living room. Want to make your own?

DIY Freeform Floral Centerpiece (without a flower frog)

Let's a make a freeform floral centerpiece

Here’s how…

Flowers + Greenery Needed: white/green ranunculus, delphinium, thistle, stock, ivory hypericum berry, queen anne’s lace, freesia, pittosporum

Additional Supplies: short open mouth vase (I used a $2 wine glass from West Elm), scissors or floral shears

Flower Power: How to Create a Freeform Floral Centerpiece Without a Flower Frog

How To:

This how-to is probably a little easier to describe via photos, as opposed to words, but just in case, I have both.

1. First, add at least one inch of water to a short, wide vase (in this case a wine glass). Set aside.

2. Next, you’ll want to prepare the flowers and greenery, by removing the bottom layers of leaves and blooms. You don’t want any leaves or flowers touching the water line, so keep that in mind.

3. You’ll also want to cut the stems down to relatively the same length (its important for some stems to be longer than others, but you’ll want the stem lengths to all be within 2 inches of each other – give or take). I’d recommend cutting a stem down for the greenery, testing it out to make sure it’s a good length, and then going from there. Instead of cutting all the stems down at once, without testing.

4. Now, it’s time to start putting the centerpiece together. Start with the pittosporum. I added 3-5 small stems total to give the arrangement a good, hearty base. By intersecting the stems (meaning that stems are different angles), it creates a loose grid of sorts to support the flowers that are added next.

5. Then, just let some of the flowers do the talking for you. Not in a hippie kind of way (though that may work too). If you see that a stem naturally leans to the right, for example, arrange that stem on the right-hand side to let the arrangement naturally veer out to the right. And then find a stem that leans left to balance things out on the opposite side. Fill in holes with smaller blooms and, if possible, vary the sizes and colors throughout, for a more organic look.

Note: Generally, I like to start with adding the largest, statement flowers first and then work my way down to the smaller sizes to fill in holes, etc. But there’s no exact science here. It’s flower arranging! It’s supposed to be fun. So feel free to carve your own path.

Delphinium, Ranunculus, and Queen Anne's Lace Arrangement

Anatomy of a Freeform Bouquet / Centerpiece

All in all, the flowers in this arrangement cost me less than $20 in flowers to make (and those are flower shop stem prices, not wholesale), and took about 10 minutes to make.

Ranunculus, Delphinium, and Queen Anne's Lace Arrangement

DIY // Arranging a freeform floral centerpiece

Flower DIY // Delphinium, Ranunculus, Queen Anne's Lace, and Freesia

Not too difficult, right? And you don’t need anything special to recreate this look, either. Which is what I like about it.

Think you’ll give this DIY arrangement a try for your next dinner party?

Photography Sarah Eddy // Concept and styling Brittni Mehlhoff

Looking for more DIY flower projects to try? Check out the flowers tag for more project ideas.

06/26/14

Pink Peonies + DIY Mirrored Glass Mini Vases

Yesterday completely got a way from me. Like completely!

I was running around all day trying to find items for a styled shoot (one of my freelance gigs) and then came back, styled it and started taking photos. Almost immediately after I started shooting, a storm rolled in. Which meant that natural light was basically non-existent – it was nearly dark outside.

I took photos anyway. They were horrible, but there wasn’t really anything I could do about it.

After I finished editing all the photos (again, still awful), I took a break and noticed that it was suddenly sunny on that side of the house again. So, I decided to start fresh and reshoot all of the photos. Mission accomplished. The photos were much better the second time around. But when I finished editing and writing that article, it was after midnight.

Which means…I didn’t have time to put together the post I had planned for today because I was working so late on that other project. The crazed life of a DIY blogger. Not complaining though. I swear.

All is not lost, though, because this give me a chance to share some outtakes from a recent DIY that I created for Project Wedding. Bonus! It involves peonies…

DIY Mirrored Glass Mini Vases

Peonies + DIY Mirrored Glass Mini Vases

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

They’re mirrored glass mini vases made out of votive candle holders.  And I made the small flower arrangements with peonies (blogland’s favorite flower), tulips, wax flowers, calla lilies, and pink dianthus.

See the tutorial breakdown and more photos on Project Wedding.

05/28/14

Winston flowers by M Piazza, anemones

So, before I left for my trip, I put together a new flower DIY and was fully prepared to get that written up and posted for today, but I didn’t get back home until late last night and I just couldn’t get it done. It happens, right?

So to tide things over this morning, I’ve rounded up some flower inspiration (DIY and otherwise) and will be sharing that flower DIY next week. Here are 8 reasons to love fresh flowers…

1. (above) Love these fuchsia anemones.

Giant DIY bouquet of flowers

2. And this giant DIY bouquet is still one of my favorites.

Flowers taped to the wall // from Ali Harper Photography and stylist Ginny Branch

3. Taping flowers to the wall never gets old. It looks so good.

Small Bouquet of Aster + Solidago Wrapped in Newspaper

4. Try this $2 mini message bouquet DIY, with newspaper wrap.

Colorful flowers in glass vases

5. I need to expand my collection of glass vases, so I can create a flower cluster like this one.

Hanging Floral Chandelier

6. And maybe I can use the extras to make a hanging flower chandelier.

Colorful DIY Spring Boutonniere Idea

7. Grab a few ranunculus and make a colorful boutonniere for special occasions.

The new floral crown

8. Or try this alternative floral crown to make a statement.

What do you love most about fresh flowers? Is it the way they smell? How they look in your home? The reminder of the outdoors? I’d love to hear your perspective in the comments below.

P.S. I’m also starting work on a another series of flower DIYs soon, so if you have any flower related projects/ ideas that you’d really like to learn how to make, I’d love for you to let me know. The more info I can get the better.