Fruit and Flower Cubes Make It Hip to Be Square

Read on to learn the secret to making this unusual, graphic arrangement. Cockscomb flowers and limes are a bold, vibrant combination. Consider using sunflowers and lemons for a more unified theme.
Fruit Cube Arrangement Produces Unusual Effect

Fruit Cube Arrangement Produces Unusual Effect

Photo by: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Flower Arranging

The secret to this creation is to use two vases that are only slightly different in size and that fit together neatly. Make it on the day that you need it, as the juice from the limes tends to seep out after a while; it should last for two or three days. This little arrangement will work well on a shelf in a small enclosed room, kitchen or bathroom, where the limes will create a lovely light scent.

Materials

Flowers and Fruit
8 red cockscomb flowers
4 fresh limes
8 green cockscomb flowers

Other Materials
1 large glass cube vase (6-by-6-inches)
1 slightly smaller glass cube vase (4 1/2-by-4 1/2-inches)
sharp knife
florist's scissors
raffia or garden string

Possible Substitutions
Sunflowers (for cockscomb); lemons (for limes)

Flowers and Fruit Needed for Fruit Cube

Flowers and Fruit Needed for Fruit Cube

Photo by: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

How to Arrange

1. Place one cube vase inside the other, slice the limes with a sharp knife and slot them into the gap between the vases. Use the knife to edge them into place on all four sides. Fill the inner vase only with water.

2. Make a hand-tied bouquet using the cockscomb flowers. Trim all the foliage from the stems, then arrange them in a simple spiral bouquet with a high binding point. Alternate each color as you build up the domed shape of the bouquet, and turn the bouquet in the same direction as you work. Manipulate the flower heads slightly by pressing them together to eliminate any gaps.

3. When you have added all the cockscomb, trim the stems so they can all sit in water, tie the bunch securely with raffia or garden string and place it in the inner vase.

Fresh Lime Slices Line Gap Between Two Vases

Fresh Lime Slices Line Gap Between Two Vases

Photo by: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Compact Cluster

These orange and green cockscomb flowers, with their dense, ruffled flower heads, provide texture and depth when grouped en masse. They are large-headed flowers, so only a few are needed for an impact.

Group Orange and Green Celosia for Maximum Effect

Group Orange and Green Celosia for Maximum Effect

Photo by: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Next Up

How to Paint Confetti-Dotted Glass Vases

Bring color to your tablescape with these easy-to-make confetti-dotted vases.

Make a Simple Floral Mother's Day Centerpiece

Highlight spring's best blooms in this simple centerpiece featuring a vibrant wheatgrass base. Use flowers from your yard to make the project as affordable as it is beautiful.

How to Make a Garden-Inspired Napkin Ring

Bring the outdoors in with a garden-inspired miniature bouquet that you can tie around a napkin or wear around your wrist.

How to Dip Dye Porcelain Dinnerware

Add a modern touch to your vintage china with color blocking to add a fun element to any tablescape.

How to Plant an Herb Container Garden

Herbs have been grown all over the world for centuries for their flavor and healthful benefits. Learn how to plant an herb container garden.

How to Grow a Watercress Container Garden

Garnish your food with tasty, shiny watercress leaves — or make a yummy salad with watercress as the main attraction.

Make Pressed-Flower Coasters

Skip the bouquet this Mother's Day, and give Mom a set of pressed-flower coasters instead.

Make an Easy-to-Sew Lined Tote Bag

Custom tote bags can add to a fun personal fashion statement. Learn how to make a lined fabric tote bag that's perfect for work and play in this straightforward home sewing project for tweens, teens or anyone new to sewing.

Printable Flower Garden Mother's Day Card

Moms everywhere will love this 3-D cut-out card featuring patterned spring flowers. The inside is blank, so you can add your own personal Mother's Day note.

Kids' Craft: Make a "Mom" Banner for Mother's Day

Moms everywhere will love being presented with this handmade paper banner. Little ones' handwritten messages on the back will make this a keepsake to cherish.

On TV

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.