April 4, 2013

Floral Arrangement With Frog Lids

Thanks for all your kind words on our DIY hanging mason jar vases with frog lids! We ended up getting a few questions on the little arrangements I put together for the project, so I thought it would be easy enough to show how I put them together!

I'm definitely not a flower arranging expert by any means, though we've joked that Tim has an extensive background in floral design in the past, ha (remember this post)! Because my flower arranging skills are lacking, I was particularly excited at the idea of using frog lids to help shape the little bundle I put together.

For the flowers, I picked up a few different bunches the other weekend from the flower buckets at our Whole Foods Market — a dozen pink and a dozen garden roses, a couple little bunches of pencil daffodils  and two small bunches of what they called "filler" — the yellow topped and red berry looking plants:

I just loved the look of the garden roses:

First, I filled up the jars I'd be using about 1/3 full with water and screwed the frog lids back on — I figured this would just help minimize and spillage and mess down the line. Next, I unrolled all the flowers and filler plants and stripped them of the leaves on their stems. Then I held up a few of the garden roses next to the jar as a rough guide for where to trim the stems and cut them each on a angle using kitchen scissors — I've heard this helps the stem take in more water, prolonging the freshness of the flower.

Once all the flowers and jars were prepped, it made it much easier to play around with arranging them.

To get started, I took two of each color garden rose (they would be the largest and most focal flower in the bunch) and slid them through the frog lids at an angle, creating a little square of alternating roses:

You can pull them out and slide them back into other openings in the lid until you get the look you feel is right — it took me a couple times to get what I was going for:

Once the main flowers were in, I went around each outer corner and filled in the little blank spaces with the daffodils. You can cut the stems shorter as you go if you need to in order to push them down further, creating that layered look:

After all your base flowers are in, you can start getting wild with the filler — yes I just said you can get wild, I am a crazy craft lady:

With the filler, I cut the stems longer than the others so it would stick up and out taller from the bunch. Then I just slid the bunch down the center to fill out the bunch and add a little dimension:

Once everything is in your jar, here's a little trick I learned — you can literally pull up and push down on the different blooms and elements of your arrangement to bring different pieces into focal points or hide other blank areas with filler. The frog lids are so awesome for this method especially, because they hold everything you do in solid place!

And that's it — just repeat on your other jars from here!

The frog lids held everything in place so well, it gave me the confidence to think I might actually be able to do the flowers for this part of the wedding. I definitely don't want to do all the flowers, but this part just might be one I can tackle.

What are your best flower arranging tips? This wannabe wants to know!

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