If you want to make a Spring floral arrangement, you may want to consider an English Garden Basket, it looks as if the flowers were lifted right out of a garden.
Spring is almost here and what better way to grace your Easter table than with a Spring Garden Basket. It’s easier than it looks, with the proper tools of course 🙂
In my recent post 7 Tips to Setting an Intimate Spring Table, I used my garden basket in the dining room. It is a bright and cheery way to dress up my side board and bring color into the room. I am going to show you the simple steps to create an English Garden Basket.
How to Make a Spring Garden Basket
Choose your favorite flowers, looking for a variety of tall, short, large, small, and multi colored florals.
I used the following materials for my Spring Basket:
- Floral Basket lined with plastic HERE
- Instant Floral Foam HERE
- Floral Tape HERE
- Shears HERE
- Spray Roses
- Mini White Carnations
- 5 Large Red Carnations
- 3 Daffodil Stems
- 3 Pink Tulips
- Casino Filler
- 3 Iris Stems
- Live Sheet Moss HERE
- Spanish Moss HERE
- Pussy Willow Stems (optional)
Cut the Foam
It is important to use the proper kind of foam for your arrangement. Using instant floral foam is the easiest, it takes only seconds to absorb water. Place the foam in a bucket of water with the holes facing downward and let it soak the water in, resist the urge to push the foam into the water..as tempting as it may be.
The trick to having a beautiful floral basket is to make sure that your foam is sticking approximately 2 inches above the rim of the basket. This may require you to use 2 pieces of foam or one and a half pieces to create an extra layer…depending on the height of your basket.
Use Floral Tape to Secure the Foam
It is also important that the basket is lined with plastic. A floral basket will come with a plastic liner. Use floral tape to secure the foam in place, and wrap the ends of the tape around the corner of the basket.
Green the Container
I started my basket by greening my container with fern. I added a couple pieces of fern to the top foam brick and inserted 5 carnations at different angles and heights.
A little trick I learned about carnations…if you buy ones that are closed up, you can gently brush the flower with the palm of your hand to spread them open.
Insert the Stems Carefully into the Foam
Then use a bamboo stick or other instrument to make a hole for the daffodils. Trying to force a stem into the brick can sometimes cause it to break, so it’s important to make a hole in the foam before inserting delicate stems.
Next comes 3 Iris stems, followed by the tulips.
I inserted 2 groups of spray roses. One group high, and one low and kept them bunched together.
Next came the mini white carnations, which I separated and used individually throughout the arrangement. Then I added in casino floral filler (small purple wild flowers) and sections of greens.
Use Sheet Moss to Cover the Foam
To cover the edges and the foam, I used live sheet moss. Make sure to dip it in water before using and secure it to the foam with floral pins if necessary.
A couple pussy willow stems complete the basket!
Add Spanish Moss to cover the Tape
A bit of dry spanish moss hanging down the side of the basket is also an attractive look and covers the floral tape. Now you have a beautiful Spring English Basket to use in any room of your home. Happy Spring my friends 🌺
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