3. I chose to decorate each pail
with a decorative tag and letter. To do so, I cut out four hearts
from black card stock, using a stencil and scissors.
4. Next, I used a hole punch to make two holes near the top of each
heart. This was used to wrap the twine around each heart and
secure it to the pail handles.
5. To decorate each heart, I filled them in with quilled swirls.
I'm a fan of quilling, because I love the final product and
the intricate look it gives. You will need a quilling tool and
some quilling paper in pink and red hues. Then, start rolling up
those paper strips! I cut each strip into four pieces to create
equal sized swirls.
6. Next, start gluing those beautiful curls all over your hearts.
I used regular white glue that dries clear, then pushed each
swirl on to completely cover each heart (Note: I'm not going to lie,
this quilling part takes a long time, but I think it's worth it).
7. I added on letters that spelled LOVE. I cut these out
using my Cricut on white card stock, with black card stock as a shadow,
then glued them on the quilled heart. Keep in mind you can also use
purchased die cut letters from chipboard or stickers.
8. All that's left is to tie the letters on to the pail handles
using some twine. But of course, there's more (ahem... the
flowers of course!)
10. Next I wedged the foam into my pails, and filled it up with water to completely soak the foam.
11. Floral arranging comes down to color balance, and the height
of the flowers blending to give the floral arrangement a nice shape.
Let's make this simple: Pick complementary colors that do
not clash and harmonize well. For this arrangement, the colors go
wells since they are just different hues of red (reds and pinks).
Whites go with anything, and I added a bit of purple which is
also a similar hue. Begin with the focal flower, or the most
dominant flower. For my arrangements, that was the roses. Be sure to clip the stem to the proper length with sharp
clippers and remove any greenery below the water line or where it will
touch the floral foam. Then, place your focal flowers right in
the middle. I put a secondary bloom off the to the side.
12. Continuing with the
Valentine's day centerpiece using your next biggest flower, which in my
case, were the tulips. I used three or four tulips per
arrangement, and they were placed evenly around the roses. Be
sure the height of the tulips are the same height or slightly
lower that the center rose, especially near the front. It is
alright to have the floral arrangement get a bit taller in the back if
it is facing one way. You may have to play around with height and
placement, but it is easy to do with that squishy wet floral foam.
13. Next comes to the fill
flowers. My next largest flowers were some white carnations, so I
cut the stems and started placing them in the gaps of the other
flowers. I used about four or five per arrangement.
14. All the gaps can be filled in
now with your tiniest fill flowers. Again, pay attention to
clipping the stems to keep the heights the same as those around it.
Your entire centerpiece should be nicely shaped. I had a variety
of mini asters and alstroemeria, which did the job well. Baby's
breath also is a great filler. I received some wonderful leaf
greenery with my roses from ProFlowers, which I used in the back of
each arrangement. Greenery in a floral arrangement really helps
fill it out and gives it an organic, natural look.
15. Here is the finished product! A special thank you to
ProFlowers for the opportunity to join this creative challenge. I hope
you have found some inspiration to make your own fresh flower