Since I was young, I have always loved the vintage oil paintings portraying urns overflowing with peonies, roses, camellia, and greens. For over two years now, I have imagined such a floral arrangement on my armoire. Finally, I finished it and decided to share it as a tutorial. Enjoy making it your own…
What you will need
- A container – be creative. Anything from concrete urns to metal vintage wear will capture the look of the old paintings. Mine was an Ashland product from Michaels Craft Store many years ago.
- five peachy-pink faux rose stems
- two stems of small peony blooms in a soft blush pink
- two types of greens – one stem with three branches. I found euonymous in two different species.
- a block or two of floral foam for faux flower stems – not the wet foam for fresh floral arrangements (oasis). The one you want is hard and it should squeak when you cut it. The oasis is soft and dents when poked.
- wire cutters
- floral tape
- Xacto knife for removing price tags on floral stems
- a serrated kitchen knife
Shape the foam to the shape of your container with a knife.
Using floral tape, fasten the foam inside your container.
Using the wire cutters, snip the stem of your most prominent (brightest and largest) peony just above the lowest leaf.
Poke the large, bright peony into the foam just a little off center so it looks natural.
In the same way, cut and place the camellia stems in a triangle surrounding the center peony, but leaving some space in between for other blooms.
Add the other three peonies in a natural looking triangle as shown. Strip the plastic off the stem wire below where it will sit in the foam. See stem in photo.
Add the long peony stems to give the arrangement some width.
Next add the five rose stems and let them stick out slightly higher than the larger blooms to give some interesting height variation.
Greens give height and break up the flowers a little, adding contrast to the soft hues for interest. Place the tallest one in the top just a little off-center so it looks natural. Place one in the front a little off-center. Add the rest as shown below in a way that fills gaps and creates a little contrast and shape definition in the back.
Wasn’t that easy? Now you can enjoy making arrangements in any shape and size. Just follow these instructions and create a “triangle” shape filled with flowers. It’s that easy!
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