Using the Unexpected in Your Floral Displays

Using the Unexpected in Your Floral Displays

The one thing about standard vases, planters and pots is that they’re… standard. Generic. Clear glass and terra cotta are perfectly suitable, but what if you want your arrangement to pop? It’s possible to create a unique personalized statement by using items around the house you might have overlooked to showcase a beautiful Floral Display.

Experiments in DIY

One approach is to take these generic containers and dress them up. You can use soda bottles, mason and jelly jars, wine bottles and tumblers to great effect with an easy make-over. There are simple methods for mimicking stained, jade, mercury, and milk glass. Our Splendor arrangement would look lovely in a faux milk glass jar with hobnail texture. Real retro appeal!Some clever design ideas for using bottles, cans and jars:- Hanging glass bottles from the ceiling by twine at various heights, each bottle holding a single flower- Attaching your jars or cans directing to a board, then hanging your arrangements on the wall as living works of art

Found Objects and Unique Plantings

One can visit the local dollar mart or the flea market down the road and discover items they can cleverly incorporate in their floral designs. Vintage tea tins and tea kettles make outstanding containers for cut flowers. A Victorian tea or coffee tin would perfectly suit our Classically Divine or Delight arrangements. Teapots, watering cans, even Wellington boots can be used to hold cut flowers or plantings. Look around your home and see what objects might be adapted to your purpose.If you’re looking for a way to spice up your garden, the most important thing is to provide your plants with the proper soil and drainage. As long as the item can be adapted to the plants in mind, the sky’s the limit! Tires, birdbaths, galvanized buckets, pieces of driftwood – all these can be interesting plant beds. Gardeners have used old radios, telephones, toilets, garbage cans, colanders, vintage chairs, teacups, cigar boxes, and old chests of drawers. Some people even plant succulents in old high-heeled shoes! If you have a wild idea for your NYC urban garden, try it out!

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