If you love fresh flowers as much as I do, you must wonder what is the secret to creating a gorgeous arrangement? The easy part is finding beautiful flowers and a favorite vase, but then trying to arrange the flowers, they flop everywhere!
Here’s an easy solution. For certain vases, a wire grid is necessary to hold the stems and give them support.
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I used a metal wire mesh (HERE) to support my stems. The mesh works so well, and can be used for so many other home projects.
A good pair of wire clippers is also a must (HERE). Make sure they are sharp, which will make the cutting easier.
For this project, I am using my favorite heavy pedestal vase from Pier 1 Imports (HERE). It has a wide opening, which is great for arranging a lot of flowers but challenging when it comes to getting the stems to stand upright. Hence the wire grid is perfect.
I measured the width of the vase to determine how much wire mesh I will need.
Then I measured the mesh.
I started cutting the wire grid, be careful the edges are very sharp.
Now I have a nice square cut piece of mesh.
The size is good, but I have to cut off the corners to get it to fit into my round vase.
Looks good, I have a nice rounded piece of mesh.
I rolled the mesh wire downward until it fit into the vase comfortably, rolling the corners as well.
I achieved the perfect fit, where the mesh felt secure inside the vase and wasn’t going to move. Now we’re ready to start arranging the flowers.
I purchased these lovely blooms from our local Costco.
I started by emptying the flower preserve and filled my vase with cold water.
Using the wire cutters, cut the stems at least 1 inch, but usually more depending on the size of the vase.
The secret to beautiful flower design is layering the stems. Always start from the bottom and put your biggest flowers around the edge. In this case, I put the large lily stems close to the corners, allowing them to hang over the vase slightly.
Then I added the other flowers, by type. I put in all the carnations, then all the anemone blossoms, and the roses. I added long pieces of eucalyptus and pine. It was very easy once I got going.
In some instances, I added 2 stems or pieces of filler to 1 square for support.
The arrangement is becoming really full. It is so easy to achieve this look by using the wire mesh.
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