Dual Use: Arranging Flowers in a Gelatin Mold
Your gelatin mold's not just for dessert anymore. Luscious blooms in an old-fashioned ceramic gelatin mold bring lightly-scented charm to a sunroom, country kitchen or dinner table.
5 pink hyacinths
25 pink tulips
30 grape hyacinths
Consider substituting ranunculus for tulips, narcissi for bluebells or freesias for grape hyacinths.
oblong gelatin mold, pie dish or modern stainless steel mold (8in/20cm in diameter)
How to Arrange
1. Arrange a piece of chicken wire inside the mold. Don’t scrunch the wire up too much or the hyacinth stems won’t fit through the holes. Fill about two-thirds of the mold with water.
2. If you can’t find four varieties of flowers, use three varieties instead and use more of them. Arrange the hyacinths first, as they are the biggest blooms and will provide some support for the other flowers. Insert one or two through the center of the chicken wire and place the rest around the edges of the bowl.
3. Bluebells, tulips and grape hyacinths look better if they are grouped in small bunches. Fill in the gaps in the chicken wire around the hyacinths from the center outward with a few stems of each flower so that they are grouped together to lead your eye around the arrangement.
This arrangement should last for five days.
Use gelatin molds in various sizes for different occasions. Miniature gelatin molds, for example, can be used for individual place settings.
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