The Cutest ‘How To’ in the Whole Wide World.
I think this is the only time of year that I purposefully sit outside and do nothing, and take a break from my job of spreading the joys of miniature gardening throughout the world. It feels good doesn’t it? And then I remember that I could be doing one of the cutest projects in the whole wide world!
It’s miniature flower arranging! Be careful, it’s addicting. But it’s fun, fast and fabulous!
Here are the rules:
1. There are no rules.
2. When in doubt, please refer to rule #1.
Alright, I’ll stop funning around now, here is a little more to get you started:
~ Wee flowers
~ Sprigs of greenery
~ A tiny vase or bottle filled with water
~ Optional: depending upon the time of day, you may want and nice cup, or glass, of something to sip on.
The flowers and plants that I’ve used in the picture below are just hint at the many different plants you can use for you wee arrangements. Grab your scissors and take a stroll in your garden, or a friend’s garden – do ask permission first, or you’ll get screamed at if you’re caught. You only need 3 or 5 of each thing you find and they won’t notice as the flowers are so tiny to begin with.
Some plant suggestions, from top left, going down by row:
1. Alyssum – all varieties
2. Variegated Boxwood – Buxus microphylla ‘Variegata’
3. Stone orpine – Sedum rupestre
4. Sedum – Sedum spathulifolium ‘Purpureum’
5. Lemon Thyme – Thymus x citriodorus ‘Archer’s Gold’
6. Tricolor Sedum – Sedum lydium ‘Tricolor’
7. Helmond Pillar Barberry – Berberis thunbergii ‘Helman Pillar’
8. Honiki Cypress – Chameacyparis lawsoniana
9. Variegated Andromeda – Peiris japonica ‘Variegata’
10. Boxwood ‘Graham Blandy’ – Buxus sempervirens ‘Graham Blandy’
11. Strieb’s Findling Cotoneaster – Cotoneaster dammeri ‘Strieb’s Findling’
12. Miniature Daisies – Bellium minuta
13. Saxafrage – Saxifraga ‘Harder Zwerg’
14. Sea Pink Thrift – Armeria maritima ‘Dusseldorf Pride’
15. Dwarf Lady’s Mantle – Alchemilla conjuncta
Just like life-sized arrangements, you’ll need some greens to go into the vase first, then the flowers, then the filler. You are limited however, by the size of the opening of your vase. A small opening may only fit 7 stems: 1 for greens, 3 for filler, 3 for flowers or focal points. If your container is more like an urn with a wider mouth, it will take more plant material of course.
For the smaller vases, I found it easier to arrange the bouquet in my fingers, then snip all the stems at the desired length (measure against the vase, then cut), then put the whole bouquet in the wee vase.
Where the vase will be kept will dictate how to arrange it. Is it going to be viewed from the top, or the side? Beside the bathroom sink or on an entrance table by the front door, the bouquet will be viewed from the top. Up on a shelf, or next to your clock radio on your nightstand, the wee bouquet will be viewed from the side. Design and fluff accordingly.
Some container ideas:
~ Salt and pepper shakers (with no hole in the bottom)
~ Votive holders
~ Sample bottles for liquor. Look beyond the alcohol for the color and the shape of the bottle. (You could make this idea part of a themed party!)
~ Spice jars
Where to find the containers:
~ Craft markets
~ Your local ceramic studio
~ Antique stores
~ Dollar stores
~ Garage Sales
~ Flea markets, rummage sales, church sales
Get fancy with some of these ideas:
~ Paint some thin twigs for a splash of color, nail polish works well, it’s glossy and waterproof
~ Color match with your décor or with the seasons
~ Feathers, tiny branches with moss, a ribbon
~ Dried roots
~ Skinny ribbons
Other purposes for miniature flower arranging:
~ Table favors that guests can take home with them
~ Hostess gifts
~ Party idea for young girls
~ Dorm room fun
~ Stress relief – bring one to the office
~ Hospital visits for a little cheering up
~ Just because it’s pretty and fun
Once you start looking at plants and small objects to use for your miniature flower arrangement, the world of possibilities will open up to you. When I walked around my garden to pick material for these examples, I thought I had enough for 3 arrangements, but I had enough for six so I just kept making more!
I have them sprinkled throughout the house now, little treats for the eye where you least expect them. I heart summer…
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