At the risk of sounding like a broken record, being less than a block away from a wholesale flower shop is bound to do a little damage to my wallet every now and then. And last week was definitely one of those times. I mean, how else was I going to start preparing for Easter, right? I almost had to buy flowers.
Anyway, once I started playing around with what I had purchased (garden roses, white hellebores, anemones, etc), I realized that mini arrangements would be perfect for the leftover hanging air plant pods from this post. And since the pods themselves look a little bit like Easter eggs, I figured we might as well turn these into a subtle ode to the upcoming holiday, without being in your face.
Click through for the full tutorial on how to make your own hanging floral arrangements like this one.
- fresh flowers (I used O’Hara Garden Roses, White Hellebores, Anemones, and Lavender)
- hanging air plant pods
- floral foam rounds (3 inch)
- knife to cut through foam
- floral wire
Start by soaking the floral foam in a container of water. You can do this by placing the floral foam on top of the surface of the water and letting the foam sink to the bottom naturally, as it fills with water over 1-2 minutes.
Next, cut the floral foam down to a size that is slightly larger than what you need for the opening of the air pod. I made the bottom slightly larger than the top, and then flipped it when placing it in the pod so that it could easily go in, but cover the largest area at the opening.
Next, push the foam into the air plant pod, larger / wider side first.
Then, remove leaves and/or throws from stems and cut the stems of the flowers you plan to use down to 2-3 inches. For any stems that aren’t very strong / thick (like the White Helleborus, Anemones, and Lavender), add floral wire to each stem to make it more sturdy so it can easily push through the foam.
Start poking stems through the floral foam, until full. Turn upside down to see how it looks and add more flowers to the sides if necessary.
Then they’re ready to hang from the string that is already attached to the air plant pods.
Photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Assisted by Rachel Brewer
For more floral projects, visit the DIY flowers page.
Think you’ll make one of these hanging floral arrangements? What kinds of other flowers do you think would work well for this project?