Tag Archives: Unusual Centerpieces

Sunday Flowers

This is going to be a quickie post but I wanted to share my latest creation. Today I whipped together two giant arrangements like the photo above using only free floral bounty I could collect locally — no store-bought flowers here! And no, I didn’t break any laws.

In a galvanized bucket, I arranged hydrangea, anemone, red wheat-head celosia and crab apple.

Happy Sunday!

Summer Flowers

 

Recently I created this summer flower arrangement for a dinner organized by Rodale Catering & Events.  The container is a round glass jar, wrapped in hay (yes hay), then tied off with a generous portion of twine.  It is filled will all sorts of locally sourced flowers and ivy from my back yard.  It makes a casual yet elegant impression for any table or outdoor gathering.

Pretty in Pink

Happy Monday and happy birthday Shaina! Actually, her birthday is tomorrow but we celebrated her special day early. This pink creation I arranged for her includes passion roses, gerber daisies, stock, carnations, lilies and eucalyptus. All of the flowers I collected at the local grocery story!

The arrangement is in a square glass container purchased at AC Moore Arts and Crafts.  The vase needed some texture so I placed a wide rubber band around the vase then tucked curly willow between the vase and the rubber band. Then I covered the rubber band with twine.

Easy, unique and she loved it!

Simple Centerpiece with Vintage Bottles

If you’re in need of a fast, simple and classy centerpiece for your table, try using vintage bottles. My cobalt blue bottles look perfect with some ferns and hosta leaves from my garden.

You can group all colors and sizes together on a tray or keep it simple by creating a small grouping.  Either way, you can’t go wrong and it’s sure to impress.

Sage & Pine Cone Centerpiece

Creating unique floral arrangements doesn’t necessarily mean a trip to your florist or grocery store. It may simply mean you take a little walk to your garden or farmers market to collect the makings of a stunning centerpiece. This sage and pine cone arrangement is perfect in its simplicity and would be amazing on any table whether it be summertime or winter.

Unexpected = fabulous!

Orchids

Lately I’ve had this urge to experiment with Orchids. Not anything involving lab beakers, chemistry equations or anything dangerous mind you. More like something creative and classy. Speaking of chemistry, did you hear about the chemist who was reading a book about helium? He just couldn’t put it down. One of my dad’s goofy jokes…sorry.

For this experiment you will find all of the ingredients at your local nursery, craft store, or back yard. You’ll need:

  • Orchids
  • Large glass container
  • Potting soil for orchids
  • River rock
  • Sheet moss
  • Sticks
  • Twine

Now for the ‘how to’:

  1. Place a layer of river rocks on the bottom of the container then line the sides with sheet moss. Using clothes pins, clip the moss in place at the top rim of the container to keep it in place.
  2. Fill the vase with orchid potting soil.
  3. Insert the orchids into the soil mixture.
  4. Remove the clothes pins and finish off the creation with more moss to hide the soil.
  5. Stake the orchid flower stems with sticks (I used curly willow branches) and tie them off with some moss secured with twine. PS: the moss/twine suggestion looks much better than the standard orchid clips usually sold with the plant.

Most orchids come with care instructions but my best bit of advice to keep them gorgeous for weeks on end is to keep them out of direct sunlight but in a well-lit area.  Water them once a week by placing three ice cubes (that’s 3 cubes per plant) on the soil.

Recycled Glass Lovelies

Having a slew of vases, jars and chipped & mis-matched goblets stashed around the house has its benefits. Well sometimes… I either transform them into something lovely (hopefully) or they collect dust. Not a fan of the latter, I decided to paint some of my vases and chipped goblets to transform them into these painted vases.

The process is easy and here’s what you’ll need:

  • Liquitex Glossies High Gloss Acrylic Enamel (buy here)
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Foam Brush
  • Cotton Balls

Here’s how ya do it:

1.  Collect/hoard glass jars, vases, and goblets.

2.  Thoroughly clean glass with soap and water then using the cotton balls, swab the inside of the vessel with alcohol. The alcohol will remove any last bits of oil or grime and preps the glass to accept the enamel.

3.  Mix the paint. I used three parts white to one part aqua to get that delicious ‘Tiffany Blue’ color.

4.  When the glass is dry, start painting the insides of the vessel using a foam brush. If the opening of the vessel is too small for the brush, you can pour a small amount of paint inside and swish it around. For my long-necked vases, I did exactly that. I then turned them upside down to make sure the paint was thoroughly distributed inside the vase.

5.  Let the paint dry for at least 24 hours. Finally, heat set the glass by placing in a cool oven and bake for 45 minutes at 325 degrees.  Remove the glass after the oven has cooled and your done!

Just lovely!  Happy crafting and enjoy your weekend!

Serene Green Garden Container

Photo by Christa Neu

As consistent warm weather approaches, it’s time to start planning our gardens. And if you have a small back yard like me, I like to get a little creative with some of my containers. I created this simple moss urn for an Organic Gardening Magazine story. It is super easy to assemble and it requires low-maintenance. Follow these simple steps to create your own serene green garden container:

Step One
Gather the materials: a container with a drainage hole, growing medium, and moss. Pots made of porous terra-cotta or concrete will help keep the soil cool, although those made of other materials also work. Harvest moss from your backyard, or call friends until you find someone who has a patch of moss you can harvest from. Or, you can order live moss on-line at mossacres.com.

Step Two
Fill the container with the growing medium. I used compost and commercial potting mix. Press firmly to compact it, and mound it into a dome.

Step Three
Press small patches of moss onto the medium and arranging them to completely cover the surface of the potting mix.

Follow-up Care
Water as needed. Even if the moss dries out, it will quickly revive once you resume watering.

Grocery Store Flowers and Cabbage

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!  Here’s a little project that literally took minutes to create (minus battling the grocery store crowds).

Carve out a cabbage, put a bit of water in the carved out hole, then insert some grocery store flowers, like these Alstroemeria, commonly called the Peruvian Lily.

Who says cabbage is just for coleslaw.

Roses n Tangerines

Who would think roses and tangerines get along.  Well I’m here to say that they make the perfect playmates.

I found a wood tray at the crafts store, painted the tray orange with some acrylic paint, lined the box with a plastic bin bag (cut down to size of course), inserted wet floral foam into the box opening, then inserted the oranges and roses into the foam.  To hide any hint of the plastic liner, I tucked in some moss and tied it off with some twine.

Looks pretty, it’s tasty and smells divine.

All supplies can be found at your local crafts store and florist shop.