Get a Clear View With Floating Ranunculas

The simple, restrained style of this vase arrangement captures the essence and intricacy of nature with a touch of lively informality. It provides a stylish focal point in any room, or on a dining table.

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Orange Ranunculas in Rectangular Glass VaseEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Materials

Flowers
35 orange ranunculas

White roses, or white or yellow Icelandic poppies offer good alternatives, as well.

Other Materials
rectangular glass vase (7 1/2 inches high, 9 1/2 inches long)
sterilizing tablet or flower food
tape
florist’s scissors
craft knife

Use a small fishbowl in place of the glass vase, if you prefer.

Orange Ranunculas Used in Floating ArrangementEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Create a Grid

Half-fill the vase with water and add a sterilizing tablet. To make a grid over the vase, place strips of tape about 1/2 an inch apart across its length and width. Test the grid, to make sure it can hold the flowers up; the square holes should be big enough that you can insert the stems but small enough that the flowers don't fall through.

Use Tape to Form Grid Across Top of VaseEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Trim Excess Tape

Press the tape down onto the edges of the vase to secure it tightly, then trim off the excess tape with a craft knife so the grid appears invisible.

Trim Tape Grid on Top of Vase with Craft KnifeEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011

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