Hand-Tying Floral Stems
Sybil Sylvester, a florist in Birmingham, Alabama, knows of an unusual way of arranging stems.
The technique is called "European hand-tying" and not only does Sylvester use it to make gorgeous bouquets, she also turns them into great-looking topiaries.
The technique involves crossing the stems to form a stand-alone bouquet. After adding and turning, and more adding and turning, the stems are cut and the bouquet is tied together with wire. The true test of a hand-tied bouquet is to see if it can stand on its own.
For a tall topiary, create a carnation bouquet, cut the stems all one length and wrap with floral tape. Fill a bucket with wet florist's foam and insert the bouquet into the center. Add a ribbon for a finishing touch.
Framing Botanical Prints
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Autumn Rose Centerpiece
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Apple Holiday Wreath
Combine green apples, plywood and greenery for a beautiful outdoor holiday decoration.
How to Make a Fresh Magnolia Wreath
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How to Make a Boxwood Christmas Wreath
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Grapevine and Evergreen Holiday Wreath
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Edible Fall Centerpiece
Pair ornamental kale with asparagus to create a stunning (and edible!) centerpiece for your fall get-together or Thanksgiving dinner.
Organic Appeal: Flag Irises and Horse Chestnuts
Young flag irises bloom beneath a canopy of horse chestnut leaves in a unique arrangement that highlights nature's different scales and unusual shapes. Position this display on a shelf or mantelpiece in a light, airy room.
Make a Succulent Log Centerpiece
Create a one-of-a-kind, organic centerpiece for an indoor or outdoor dining table using a thick branch and a variety of succulents.
Create a Wreath With Fresh Herbs
Make a decorative, fragrant accent for your kitchen with fresh herbs.
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