How to make an easy Boutonniere

I have definitely made a few boutonniere’s in my day (and pricked a few fingers), but it’s always good to learn some new tricks from a professional!  Thanks again to Lotus & Lily for our fab workshop.  Here is a little trick I learned that I’d never seen before.

You actually don’t put the wire into the flower!  You’re going to fold it in half and bend the edge to make a little cradle.
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Then you put the flower next to it for support, and use floral tape to fasten the two together so it sort of leans on the wire.

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And next you choose some other fun little flowers to spruce the main flower up.  These accents give it a real ‘pop’!  Now I may have gotten a little carried away and put a lot on there, but you can make it as big or small as you need!  This picture shows the back/side.  You will want to pin it with the little guys in the front and the long pink against his jacket.  Clip at the appropriate length and you’re all set!
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Making a Simple Centerpiece

Thanks for Lotus and Lily florals, I got to attend an awesome floral workshop this past weekend! Along with other local vendors, I was invited to their studio for some delish food by Savour the Moment, some delectable sweets from Superfine Bakery, and some creativity.  I had so much fun and it was so easy, that I thought I’d pack on a few tricks so you can get a hand in on some of the fun.

Now I have to say, the hardest part was done for us in advance, and that was choosing the flowers! Jackie from L&L had already pre-selected some flowers for us.
IMG_2078We then got a bundle, and started de-leafing them and cutting them to the right length.  She let us in on the truth about a common myth – you don’t need to cut your flowers under water!  She does recommend cutting at an angle, however.  Remember, you can always cut shorter but you can’t glue the stem back on, so be conservative.  And be sure to clear all the leaves off the submerged stem, otherwise there will be bacteria in the water and they will die more quickly.

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When you have a flower that tends to droop easily like a gerber daisy, we learned a great wiring trick.  Insert the wire into the stem of the flower.  When you see it poke out of the flower on the top, gently pull it back in so it’s flush on top (no wiring should be seen sticking out the center of the flower).  With the other end, wrap it around the stem of the flower!
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One of my favorite tricks when it comes to flower arrangements in clear tape.  Yup.  Told you it was simple.  It was fun to use this technique in the workshop. Take your vase and create a tic-tac-toe grid, then along the rim of the base wrap the tape around once so it stays in place.

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Then from here, you start to randomly place your flowers into the vase!  It make it easier if you start with the bigger ones and use the smaller ones as filler, but you can really let your creative freedom take over and make it your own!

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And then, we got to take them home 🙂

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