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Step by Step Flower Arranging
By Jackie H.


Festive floral arrangement

You will need...

  • Small container or plastic saucer
  • 1/3 block of soaked floral foam
  • Ivy leaves
  • Sprigs of holly
  • 1 stem of chrysanthemum
  • pine cones
  • walnuts
  • cinnamon stick
  • Candle
  • Ribbon
  • Stub wires
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Florists tape
1. Tape the floral foam firmly into your container, Tape cocktail sticks around the base of the candle to form 'legs' that will push into the floral foam allowing the candle to sit on top of the foam . Place large ivy leaves around the base of the container and flowing over the sides.
2. Insert holly sprigs evenly around the arrangement intermingling with the ivy to form a good base of foliage.
3. The cones will have to be bound at the base with florists stub wire to make a stalk to insert into the foam . Walnuts have a tiny hole at the base of the nut, that enables you to insert a cocktail stick, and then push into the foam. These give more of an impact if placed in small groups.
4. Cut all the individual breaks off the main stem of the Chrysanthemum and dot around the arrangement , recessing a few deeper in to the design. This is an informal arrangement so do not worry about it being too symmetrical.
5. Finish the arrangement by wiring cinnamon stick together , and wire small lengths of ribbon to form wispy tails giving the design a real festive look.
Remember never leave lighted candles unattended
Ivy leaves may be sprayed with leave shine to give a good gloss
Cones and nuts can be sprayed gold
This arrangement should last at least 2 weeks if watered regularly and placed in a cool room when not needed.

For more ideas, try our Floral Art archive


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