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.
Make Your Own Fruit and Floral Centerpiece
Add a touch of spring to your table with a mix daffodils, dianthus and colorful fruit.
Escape to the Tropics With an Exotic Floral Centerpiece
Sculptural-looking exotic flowers and foliage get a natural update from a wooden box container that is reminiscent of the textural bark of coconut trees. If you prefer clean lines and smooth surfaces, use a glass container instead.
Sweeten Up Your Table With a Floral Cupcake Centerpiece
This confection-inspired design is reminiscent of a wedding cake. It makes a delightful table centerpiece for a bridal shower, baby shower, tea party or christening. The color and variety of flowers can be changed to match the event.
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 Hand-Tied Bouquet
Use these step-by-step instructions to create a beautiful, compact bouquet that features a rounded, or domed, head of flowers and foliage atop spiraled stems.
How to Make a Floral Journal
Decorate your journal with dried flowers with these easy steps.
Make a High-Impact All-Around Arrangement
Many bold, dynamic flower varieties that provide interest, texture, color and depth are now available all year round. Vibrant lilies, roses and orchids are made all the more exciting when they are arranged in a shocking pink vase.
These colorful blossoms are often found in leis, those floral necklaces commonly associated with Hawaiian culture.
Make a Chef's Day with an Edible-Looking Bouquet
An improvised bouquet of ingredients from the garden or farmer's market makes an evocative centerpiece for a dining table or kitchen table.
How to Make a Floral Foam Arrangement
A floral foam display is ideal if you want to create a low, compact design or a defined shape on a larger scale. Learn how to create the rounded or graduated contours that characterizes these arrangements.
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