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.
Orange Ranunculas in Rectangular Glass Vase

Orange Ranunculas in Rectangular Glass Vase

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

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Flower Arranging

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 Arrangement

Orange Ranunculas Used in Floating Arrangement

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

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 Vase

Use Tape to Form Grid Across Top of Vase

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

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 Knife

Trim Tape Grid on Top of Vase with Craft Knife

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

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cut the Stems

Trim any offshoots from the ranuncula stems. Cut the stems to approximately the same length so they are slightly shorter than the height of the vase. The stems don't need to be exactly the same length - a slight randomness of stem length livens up the arrangement.

Insider Tip
Ranunculas have many smaller buds that grow on short stalks along the length of their main stem. Recycle these offshoots by gathering them into an informal bunch, trimming the ends of the stems to the same length and arranging them in a small square glass vase that you can place near the main arrangement for added interest.

Trim Ranuncula Stems Shorter than Depth of Vase

Trim Ranuncula Stems Shorter than Depth of Vase

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

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Place the Ranunculas

Depending on the size of the flower heads, place one or two ranunculas in each square hole. When you have placed all the flowers in the square holes, check for any visible gaps and add an extra flower if necessary to hide the tape grid and give the illusion that the flowers are suspended in air. Make sure that the end of each stem sits in the water. Top off the vase with more water if needed.

Ranunculus in Glass Container

Ranunculus in Glass Container

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

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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