This project was inspired mainly by all of the beautiful floral prints floating down the runway. (Annnnd partly because every time I see those beautiful bouquets of fresh flowers at Pike's Place Market my heart breaks at the price!)
I wanted to see if I could create a floral arrangement that replicated the prints seen on the runway. Some of the looks that inspired my project were from Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2012, here, and here, and Valentino Spring/Summer 2012, here, and here.
I went to Metropolitan Market, one of my favorite local markets, to pick out some fresh flowers.
This is when I ran into my first problem: too many choices!
I finally settled on pink peonies, light blue and white hydrangeas, and this adorable, sunny yellow, flower that I have no clue what its name is! If anyone knows, feel free to fill me in.
Here are some steps that I took in creating a designer inspired floral arrangement.
You will need:
1. Flowers (water)
3. A glass jar or vase (I used an old sauce jar)
4. Tissue paper
5. A rubberband or ribbon
Step 1: Make sure you cut your stems to appropriate lengths. Depending on the position or the flower the stems may need to be different lengths.
Step 2: Begin arranging your flowers. I had no specific plan - I just began putting pieces where I felt they needed to be. I noticed that crisscrossing the flowers and inserting them at a diagonal angle helped to keep them in place.
Step 3: Once the flowers are set in the postion that looks good to you (I enjoy a not so perfected look) take four pieces of tissue paper and lay them down crisscross two by two.
Step 4: Pull the tissue paper up to the top of the mason jar and tie with a rubber band. I crinkled my tissue at the top to give some character and trimmed some corners as well. This gives the flowers a "fresh picked" flower look and hides the stems and dingy water.
**The finished product! I am very happy about the way it turned out and I feel that it emulates the looks I have seen on the runways very clearly. The best part of the project? It fills my entire apartment with a beautiful smell!!
*Adapted from this video.