Get a Clear View With Floating Ranunculas
From: DK Books - Flower Arranging
35 orange ranunculas
White roses, or white or yellow Icelandic poppies offer good alternatives, as well.
rectangular glass vase (7 1/2 inches high, 9 1/2 inches long)
sterilizing tablet or flower food
Use a small fishbowl in place of the glass vase, if you prefer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.