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How to Create a Personalized Graduation Flowers Arrangement

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Every parent wants their child’s graduation to be perfect and I was no exception.  When my son graduated from college, we had to go to another state to attend the ceremony.  But when we got home, the party planning began.  I did not want the flowery things that I had had for our daughter.  I wanted clean lines, simple tables, but I also wanted something that he could keep.  Something that would be useful later down the road, not stuck in an album or desk drawer.  As I pondered this, I saw my dad’s photo cube.  The one he had filled with all my school pictures and this is when it hit me.  I would create a photo cube arrangement for my son.

Now that I had the idea, I had to come up with the plan.  My son is not a flower person, so to address his personality I had to come up with something that would mean something to him.  He is a car guy and would have loved an arrangement of toy cars but….being the mom, this would not do.  Ok, as I pondered I thought of school colors.  Wow, what memory.  An arrangement made from my son’s college.  So away I went in search of roses in my son’s school colors.

I did not have to look far.  Flower explosion had everything I needed except the container.  After looking through their rose selection, I found their bi-and tricolored roses in many different combinations along with personalized colors mixes.  Boy did they save me.  They had just the colors I was looking for, which happened to be yellow and blue.

Graduation Flowers Arrangement Supplies

Now that I had found my roses, I could begin to design this small but important arrangement.  To begin the process you will need to gather materials, which includes a photo cube, a container that will fit inside the photo cube, floral knife, floral preservative, scissors, photos, colored roses of your choice, and filler.  I like green ball.  It adds texture and a little whimsy to the arrangement but use what pleases your eye as far as the filler.

Flower Vases

Once you have your supplies together, the next step is to fill the vase that will fit inside the photo cube with water.  Add powdered floral preservative to the water.  While I will be taking the “vase out of the photo cube I wanted to show you how this fits into the cube.  The fact that the vase is shorter than the photo cube is very important.  Having it a little shorter keeps you from having to fill in around the top edge to cover it up.

cut stems

Next comes processing the flowers.  Since this is a short arrangement, the roses are going to be cut all at once to start.  Why is this?  Well, it saves time and you can use the fact that the roses are still held together by rubber bands.  In doing so, it makes cutting them in one action easier but do not worry, we will be making new cuts before they are put in the vase.

process flowers

The next step is to remove the “vase” from the photo cube and begin the floral arranging.  This is a very free-form type of arrangement but what you are looking for a dome type shape on the top.  To help you with this, slide the “vase” to the edge of the table and then position your rose along the edge of the table to measure the height.  Once you have the height, you are ready to cut but keep in mind that roses are special.  To keep air bubbles from forming in the stem, one will need to cut the stem under running water.  If that is not possible, put the stem in a bucket of water and cut that way.

size stems

After the rose has been cut, place in the vase.  Continue with this process until your “vase” is filled.  Do not worry in the beginning of this arrangement that your roses are not standing up.  They will as more and more roses are added to the arrangement.  The intertwining of the stems will hold the roses up.

intertwine stems

Once you have your “vase” filled with roses, the next step is to add some whimsy.  As I stated before, I like the green balls but there are several other choices for filler if these are not your cup of tea.  When it comes to processing this filler flower, the easiest way is to cut the stems together as we did for the roses.

filler flowers

After the stems have been shortened, it is time to separate out the individual green balls.  At this point, you may wonder how many you need.  The golden rule is always odd numbers.  An odd arrangement of flowers, believe it or not, has been scientifically proven to be more pleasing to the eye.  In doing so, add three or more green balls throughout the arrangement.  Again, this is to add texture or to break up the visual impact of the roses somewhat while filling in some open spaces.

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The next step in this process is to prepare your pictures for the photo cube.  While you can cut your pictures freehand, I like to use a pattern.  Where does the pattern come from?  Most photo cubes come with a cardboard insert.  This insert can be used to cut a pattern out of an old picture.  Once you have your pattern, you can use it to measure off the area you need to cut off of your picture.  Also, it will allow you to see what your picture will look like before you make the cut.

insert photo

After the picture has been cut, you have a few choices.  You can tape them to the inside of the photo cube.  Another choice is to allow the “vase” to hold the pictures in their place.  This will only work if the “vase” fits snug.

graduation flowers photo cube completed

Now that your pictures are in the cube, you are ready to display it.

flower photo displayed on table

While this arrangement is simple, there are several things you can do to up the WOW factor.  One, create your own photo cube.  This is easily done by taking two glass squares per side.  Wedge a picture between two pieces of glass and glue together.  After all panes are done, glue the cube together.  This is a great way of personalizing the cube so that you do not have to cut the photos.  Another way you can create additional memories is by allowing people to add to the arrangement.  Lay out scrapbooking paper, colored pens, and bamboo skewers.  Or, cut out small pendants that can be attached to the skewers.  Either of these can be used as a way that people can leave “best wishes” and add them to the arrangement.

Once the party is over, make sure to place the arrangement is a room that is kept cool and away from direct sunlight.  Do not forget about the water.  Since this arrangement is small, you will need to add water often.  To keep the roses looking their best, make a fresh cut every time you add fresh water.

After the arrangement is over, do not just put away the photo cube.  Instead, display it and use it as a vase for other flowers or as a pencil holder on the desk of that “real” first job.

DIY: A Stunning Flower Chandelier in 5 Steps

Nothing says “fancy” quite like a chandelier. A classy, epic look that’s sure to draw the eye. But when it’s made with flowers, it’s a combination that’s even more memorable. One that guests will be talking about for weeks to come.

DIY Flower Chandelier Outdoors

But even though it comes out looking expensive and extravagant, the flower chandelier is an easy craft you can make right in your very own home. All it takes is a few supplies and you can be well on your way to upping the creativity level. Adding a bit to umph to any dining room table or outdoor barbeque event.

It’s perfect for photo opps too!

Flower Chandelier Supplies

Flower Chandelier Supplies

  • Foam floral ring (ours is a 10” ring – they can be purchased in larger or smaller sizes)
  • Ribbon or yarn
  • Scissors
  • Beads
  • Jewels or other décor
  • Flowers of choice
  • Push pins (optional)

Start: Flowers & Foam

Start by picking out the types of flowers you want – size and color will have a heavy impact here. We used Tinted Roses and Gerbera Daisies for a fun, funky look. Keep in mind that, since this will be hanging, it can get fairly heavy and should be treated with care.

Wrap Floral Foam

We started by wrapping the foam in gray yarn to hide the Styrofoam. This step is optional, but creates a more finished and polished look overall. Ribbon is another choice to finish off, as is paint or glitter.

Add Flowers

Once the ring is covered, start placing flowers. Gain a general layout for a pattern, or just dive in. It’s up to you! Stems will need to be extremely short – about 1-2 inches each, so they don’t poke through the entire ring. (If you do do this, don’t worry, just take out the excess Styrofoam that pushed through and re-cover with yarn or ribbon.)

Attach Tinted Roses & Gerberas

Move yarn to expose fresh Styrofoam for easy placement and start pushing stems through. The roses have a fairly sturdy stem and are easy to stab in with a strong hold. The gerbera stems are slightly more flimsy and required a hole to be punched through with scissors. Small pushpins can also be used to hold them into place. (Especially when putting on the side of the ring, with gravity further pulling them down.)

If recreating this look, we’d suggest swapping the roses for the bottom layer, just to ensure everything stays put.

Continue around the ring until satisfied. Follow a strict pattern or mix and match as you desire. Flowers can be placed at random to hide blank spots or further apart to incorporate décor; the overall look is up to you!

Attach Ribbon

Attach Ribbon to Floral Chandlier

Once you’re satisfied with the flowers, it’s time to attach ribbon for hanging. We tied ours in four anchor locations, with two sets of ribbon from which it could hang, in order to help keep it even. You can adjust this method as needed, or even leave off for a ring that sits on a flat surface.

Attach Beads

Beads on Floral Chandelier

Finally, it’s time to hang beads for an added touch. Drape over flowers, or string throughout to create a desired look. Embellishments such as jewels can also be added to help reflect light.

Hang & Enjoy Your Flower Chandelier

DIY Flower Chandelier: Completed

Your flower chandelier is now complete! Make it last by storing in the fridge until ready for use, or hang immediately. With something this beautiful, it’s hard to keep it locked behind a closed door!

Display and let the world gaze upon your impressive creation.

Credits:

Text by: Bethaney Wallace, Flower Explosion Contributor

Photos by: Megan Thornton of Demiurge Photography, Flower Explosion Contributor

Roundup: 11 DIY Wedding Ideas and Flower Trends

Time for Our Fabulous Floral Round-Up!

Here at Flower Explosion, we love to keep up with news about flowers and check out flower trends and DIY wedding ideas from around the web.  Every day it seems like we’re discovering something amazing.  So here we want to share with you the best of the best of what we’ve been enjoying recently!

DIY Wedding Ideas

DIY Wedding Centerpieces:  This is a lovely collection of DIY wedding centerpiece ideas by Sahdia Qayyum.  These are all relatively simple ideas that use common flowers and supplies.  My favorite is the top one with the adorable little birdcages full of baby’s breath!  Simple and sweet!

Peony Cake Topper

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Peony Power: 10 Ways to Use Peonies As Wedding Flowers:  Peonies are in season right now, and they are hugely popular this year!  And no wonder; they are a gorgeous explosion of color and look absolutely stunning in a wedding bouquet.  Check out some amazing peony bouquets here + a wedding topper and a table setting!

Chic Lakeside Country Club Wedding:  Have a look at the photos from this elegant country club wedding for classic, elegant flower inspiration.  I love the subtle colors in the bouquet and the way the flowers and leaves are draped loosely across the tables.  Gorgeous!

Emerald and Blush Woodlands Inspired Wedding:  The arrangements in this wedding photo collection really grabbed us.  The roses are classic and romantically old-fashioned, but the pheasant feathers add a real zing, and instantly grab your attention!  Very cool idea!

14 Fun Fourth of July Wedding Ideas:  Thinking of getting married on the 4th of July this year?  Here are some great ideas for adding a little patriotic flair to your special day.  I love that elegant red, white, and blue boutonnière, and that red bridal bouquet is just a warm bath of color!

Real Wedding: Jareesa and William’s Pi Day Nerd Wedding:  This fun and quirky wedding features some really cute place cards!  Flowers are simple but stylish, with cheerful spring colors.

Spring Trends and Fun Ideas

4 Ways to Display Fresh Flowers:  This post just bursts with bold, beautiful spring hues, as well as some great ideas for displaying flowers in your home, giving them as gifts, and more!

DIY Springtime Bouquets & Arrangements:  Here you will find lots of lovely bouquet ideas for spring.  I love the “bouquet recipes” with the pictures of each individual flower; they make it easy to follow along!  The arrangements with fruits and vegetables are really cool too!

Flower Cups on Desk

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Add a Little Bit of Spring To Your Office Desk:  Specifically looking for an office arrangement which will spruce the place up without being distracting?  These arrangements are subtle but add a touch of nature.

Arrangement in a shoe:  This arrangement with red roses in a red high heel is cute, classy, and surprisingly elegant.  What a fun way to say “I love you” on a special occasion!  It’d be easy to come up with lots of variations on this idea for different occasions. Some other great flower ideas in this post too.

Glowing Flowers:  Scientists have discovered how to make plants glow in the dark!  How cool is that?  Click through to see some stunning photos.  With their subtle sparkle and shimmer, they look like they’re coated in fairy dust.  Absolutely magical!

I hope you enjoyed this fabulous floral roundup, and that you feel inspired by some of these ideas to create your next spring arrangement or wedding project!

How to Care for Cut Peonies to Make Them Last

It’s peony season—time to add a brilliant splash of color to your home.  Peonies are beautiful flowering plants which bloom in late spring and early summer.  They are popular every year, but this year they are trendier than ever.  There are dozens of species (scientists aren’t sure exactly how many—it could be as many as 40!), and peonies come in numerous different colors: white, orange, yellow, red, pink, and even lavender.  Many peonies even have more than one color of petal.  Peonies season doesn’t last long, so take advantage!

Pink Peonies

Whether you are cutting peonies from your own backyard or ordering a beautiful bouquet from a florist online, you need to know how to care for cut peonies to make them last as long as possible.  Here’s what to do!

When to Buy Your Peonies

It is best to purchase or cut your peonies when they are still in the bud stage.  Why?  If you purchase peonies that are already in full bloom, they will look great right from the start, but they will wilt within a few days or less.  This may work fine if you have to grab a bouquet fast for a dinner party tomorrow night, but if you aren’t in a rush, it is better to start with the buds.

After You Buy Your Peonies …

  1. Immediately after your peonies are delivered, get them and remove the paper they are likely wrapped in.
  2. Get a vase or similar container and fill it with 3-4 inches of water at room temperature (unless it is quite warm where you are; then make sure the water is at least slightly cool).
  3. Add a packet of flower food to the water if you have one.  Otherwise, you will have to change the water every few days to keep it fresh.
  4. Take a look at your stems.  Cut half an inch or an inch off of each with floral sheers.  Keep the stems on the long side.  Make sure you do this at a diagonal angle.  This angle maximizes the surface area of the stem which is exposed to water, making it easy for the plant to take in as much as it needs.  If you find any leaves on the stems which will be under the water level, remove them so they don’t rot.  Note that it is best to do this step in the morning or evening when it isn’t too hot.
  5. You want the peonies to stand upright in your vase.  If you have trouble managing this, you can wrap the paper back around them again for a few hours.  This will help them draw in more water during this crucial period.  After that, the upright position is not as important, and you can take the wrapping back off.
  6. Place the vase with the peonies somewhere they will be out of direct sunlight or drafts.
  7. The blooms will begin to open over the next few days.  Some species open quickly, while others may take several days.  The warmer the temperature of the room, the faster the blooms will open.  In fact, if you want to delay cut peonies from opening, you can store them in the fridge for a while (I will explain that shortly).
  8. Peonies drink a lot of water.  As a result, you will need to regularly replenish the water.  Plus, you want to keep it fresh.  Every two to three days, empty out what is in there and add fresh water.  You can continue to trim half an inch off the bases of the stems with each new watering.  This will help the peonies to live longer.  Cleaning the vase when you do this can help as well.  If you have a chance, go out and buy that plant food now.  It will really help to keep the peonies nourished.

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Refrigerating Cut Peonies

If you do not want your peonies to bloom right away (maybe you want to save them for a while for a special occasion), you can put them in a dry spot in your fridge.  Keep them wrapped in the paper they came in, and away from fruits and veggies, which produce ethylene gas.  This gas will age your blooms.  Peonies can be stored out of water this way for up to a week if they are still in the bud stage.

What if you have already cut the stems and put them in the vase, and realize you need to slow things down?  You can put the vase in the fridge as it is.  Again, avoid fruits and vegetables.  If necessary (for space reasons), you can take them out of the vase again, dry them off, and wrap them back up and store them in the fridge that way.  Make sure they are completely dry, or they will rot.  You can then take them out and put them back in the vase when you are ready.

Speeding Up the Bloom Process

If you need your blooms to open fast, you can do that too!  Take off as many of the leaves as you can get away with, then fill the vase with six inches of warm water (not hot water).  Cut the stems and place them inside, then put the vase in a warm room (again, not hot).  If you need to, when the blossoms start to open, you can gently help them by hand.  Only touch the calyx and outer petals.

Now you know exactly what to do to keep your peonies beautiful and blossoming as long as possible!  Not sure where to buy peonies?  The best place to look for peonies for sale is online (hint, hint!).  There you will find access to the largest selection, with peonies of every species and color!  You can also order fast delivery.  The peonies will arrive right on your doorstep.  It doesn’t get easier or more convenient than that!  Have fun, and enjoy your spring and summer peonies for as long as they last!