Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sunflower arrangement for your Fall decoration.

Fall season offers such a beautiful colours. Here's one of my bouquet idea for your Fall season display. You can have it as flower arrangement to brighten your home, or use it for Thanksgiving dinner table centerpiece, or for your Holloween display. You can use fresh flowers or silk flowers to make this. Here's what you need to put it together.

I found this bundle of sunflowers in a craft store. But as I mention before, you can use fresh sunflowers for this, altho they won't last more then 2 weeks.
* You'll need about 6-12 silk sunflowers, with each flower no more then 6" wide. If you're using fresh flowers, do note that it'll look nicer if you have at least 6 flowers. But it'll make a much bigger arrangement due to the size of fresh sunflower.
* You'll need to get some filler flowers. I use Limonium for the filler. You can easily buy a bundle of limonium from floral stores in the filler section. Not only does limonium makes a great filler for fresh flowers, it keeps really well as dried flowers as well. I use the dried limonium for all kinds of flowers arrangements I made. So you need about 2-4 branches of limonium.
* Next, you'll need about 6-12 wheat. You can buy bundle of wheat (as shown in picture) from a craft store or floral store.
* Lastly, also an optional, get some ribbons or tulle (lacey material). The tulle that I use is about a foot wide, and they are commonly use for wedding arrangements.

You'll need some sort of vase for the arrangement to sit in of course.

- So cut the flowers to desire length and put them in the vase. I do recommend a pyramid shape for the flower pattern. As in having a center flower at the highest length, and next layer of flowers will slightly be shorter in length then the middle one. Having 3 layers would be nice. You basically want a pyramid effect or a round shape in your main flower display.

- Next you cut the limonium to desire length to fill in the gap between the flowers.

- Then you cut the wheat to desire length and fill them in around the flowers. You want the wheat to stick out a bit, but not overly too much.
- And lastly, you tie your ribbon or tulle around the vase and the result is what you see.
It's really simple and easy to put together this arrangement and it makes a gorgeous display for your home. Of course, this arrangement can easily be turn into a wedding bouquet as well. So have fun putting this sunflower arrangement together and enjoy it!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Craft your own table centerpiece for Thanksgiving.

Fall has arrived, with cooler temperature and leaves are turning colors all around you. With Thanksgiving just around the corner (Canadian Thanksgiving anyways), any thoughts on your table centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dinner? Here are couple of my ideas for table centerpieces for your Thanksgiving dinner table setting. Here's how I put together the above centerpiece together.

1. I have a set of floating candle stand at home. It's about a foot tall. You can use any type of candle stands for this, just as long as it's tall enough in the center to give it height.
2. Next you find a flat plate, any plate will do just as long as it's at least 10" wide and it's flat. You place the candle stand in the middle.
3. Fill the edge of the plate with fall leaves. You can use fresh leaves, but I suggest you clean them well first and dry them with paper towel. Or you can find any fall colour leaves in any craft store at this time of year.
4. You fill all sort of fresh fruits, or artificial fruits around the base of the plate. I use couple of oranges, apples, some grapes, and bananas.
5. Then you fill the holes in between the fruits with either fresh Fall colour flowers (sunflowers for example) or artificial flowers. In the case above, I used a combination of silk flowers and dried flowers.
And the result is what you see above. It's real simple and easy to make, it is bright and beautiful, and your guests will love it too if you use fresh fruits. Makes a good fruit desert centerpiece.

This table centerpiece is actually a glass shaped gord candle holder surrounded by Fall leaves and flowers. I actually found this candle holder in a grocery store from it's seasonal items zone. It came with gord shape like this one, and a pumpkin shape candle holder. I bought a foam ring from craft store that design to use it as wreath making. But in this case, I designed it as a ring of Fall flowers for the candle holder to sit in the middle. It makes yet another good table centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dinner party, or event for a Halloween event display.