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flower arranging is sort of a technical art and i had no idea! i’m in Indiana visiting Joey’s family and my girlfriend-in-law Anne, showed me some flower arranging tips she picked up from working at a florist for a snap in high school. i blogged about fresh cut flowers before here, and how i definitely recommend making sure they’re local and bought from farmer’s markets.

choose flowers that suite your fancy, in our case we took apart some already existing large-scale arrangements to make shorter smaller ones to put on the dining table for a big family dinner. they can be any flowers that you like and think will look good together, you can always trim the stems to make them match in height.

materials: fresh cut flowers, clear gift wrap tape, scissors, vase(s).

how to:
– take pieces of the gift wrap tape the width of the vase and make a square grid with about 1″ square openings (see photo above, look closely the tape is clear! sticky side of the tape goes down to secure to the vase)
trim flower stems with scissors to desired length
– place stem of flower through grid guides into the vase. the tape grid will hold the flowers in place and enable you to make a composed and professional looking arrangement!
– stick to one or two kinds of flowers and fill in all the gaps to make it look tight and contemporary (like the chrysanthemum/carnation arrangement above) or use different textures to create a more wildflower look.
– get creative, have fun and then stop and smell the flowers!

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