How to: two arrangements with one bouquet



Transform one store-bought bouquet into two lovely floral arrangements.

It only takes one bunch of mixed flowers to create two gorgeous arrangements for ‘tea with Mom’ followed by ‘champagne with the girls’. As Samantha Labuschagne from Medley House Wedding and Function Venue in Joburg explains, it’s actually very easy to create striking floral arrangements using a mixed bunch of flowers from your local florist* or grocery shop.

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Tea with Mom

This vintage-inspired arrangement is perfect for a tea party.

You’ll need

  • half a mixed bunch of flowers – aim for a mixture of greenery, sprays like chrysanthemums and carnations, and feature flowers like gerberas and lilies
  • vintage teapots in different colours, shapes, and sizes
  • a pair of scissors
  • cable ties
  • leaf shine spray
  • a string of pearls
  • bling pins

Tip: ‘Always use groups of three when it comes to vases and other vessels,’ says Samantha.

How to

  1. Remove all the leaves and thorns from your flowers (except for the greenery) to prevent the water from becoming mucky.
  2. Spray your greenery with leaf shine spray.
  3. Measure how tall each teapot is and trim your flowers short enough that only the flowers themselves will pop out the top of the teapot. Be sure to cut your flower stems at an angle.
  4. Create a small posy for each teapot using a feature flower that stands out from the rest (gerbera, stocks, or a lily), greenery, and common sprays (chrysanthemums or carnations) arranged in a triangle around the feature flower and greenery.
  5. Use a cable tie to bind each posy together and trim the stems so they’re all the same length.
  6. Pour some water mixed with Disprin into each teapot. The Disprin will help your flowers stay fresh for longer.
  7. Place the posies in the teapots and, if you prefer, decorate your feature flowers with a bling pin.
  8. Finish off with a string of pearls draped over the teapots for decoration.

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Champagne with the girls

This fun arrangement makes a great table decoration!

You’ll need

  • half a mixed bunch of flowers – aim for a mixture of greenery, sprays like chrysanthemums and carnations, and feature flowers like gerberas and lilies
  • 3 champagne flutes
  • a pair of scissors
  • cable ties or fishing gut
  • leaf shine spray
  • loose pearls and two strings of pearls
  • bling pins
  • prestik or a glue gun

How to

  1. Remove all the leaves and thorns from your flowers (except for the greenery) to prevent the water from becoming mucky.Spray your greenery with leaf shine spray.
  2. Measure how tall your champagne flutes are and trim your flowers short enough that part of the stem will show when the flowers are placed in the flutes. Be sure to cut your flower stems at an angle.
  3. Create your first posy using only greenery and common sprays. Use a cable tie or fishing gut (if you’dprefer for the binding to be invisible) to bind the posy together, and trim the stems so they’re all the same length.
  4. Create your other two posies using three feature flowers (lilies and stocks) arranged around a piece of greenery and one or two common sprays (chrysanthemums). Create a staggered effect with these and don’t bind them together.
  5. Fill your first champagne flute three quarters of the way with loose pearls, and top up with water mixed with Disprin. Add your first posy (with greenery and common sprays), making sure to hide the stems in the pearls.
  6. The other two flutes will lie down on their sides in front of the first. Put one flute stem on top of the other (so they cross over each other) and secure the stems with prestik or a bit of hot glue so that they won’t roll off your table.
  7. Use a string of pearls in each flute, without any water, and have the pearls ‘flowing’ out of the flutes. Arrange your other two posies so they look like they’re flowing out of the flutes instead of bunched together, and hide their stems under the strings of pearls.
  8. To finish off, decorate three feature flowers (gerberas are a good option) with bling pins and place these in between the champagne flutes.

*Our flowers were sponsored by Alsmeer Fresh Cut Flowers  (011 613 7200).

FEATURE: CANDICE CURTIS  PHOTOS: DYLAN SWART


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