Dogs, Daisies, and Dandelions

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, life has been crazy, although I’m pretty sure that’s the same for just about everyone! I had a great Thanksgiving, and Bryce and I were able to spend the break at my Aunt Heidi and Uncle Helaman’s house; playing Guitar Hero, having Trouble marathons (I won), and eating good food. We brought Macy along too–our 4 year old Australian Shepard/Red Heeler mix…we just adopted her about a month ago from a family who just didn’t have enough time for her, and it’s been a blast. She’s very affectionate (we’re pretty sure she thinks she’s a lap dog), she loves cheese sticks, and she’s got a sort of lopsided smile from a stroke she had as a baby. Right now we’re trying to get her to stop barking at people…we haven’t been very successful thus far, so if you have any dog advice at all please comment and let us know!

Anyways, after Macy tried to eat the flowers and realized they weren’t as edible as she would have liked, we were able to get her to sit still long enough to snap these dorky pics…but the minute Bryce pulled out the treats, it was all over. Oh well, c’est la vie.

But, I did have so so much fun making this fun arrangement for our Thanksgiving table (cooking isn’t exactly my thing, flowers however, are a different story). It wasn’t as hard as I first thought it would be, so I thought I’d give you guys a quick tutorial, and show you how to make a fun, vibrant bouquet the whole table will swoon over.

Alright, so first off, here are all the supplies you’ll need:

-A basket

-Saran wrap, or a plastic lining for the basket

-Floral Foam (make sure it’s wet floral foam, I accidentally grabbed the wrong kind and Bryce had to make a run back over to Michaels)

-Floral food

-Flowers! I went to a floral shop and picked some out of their freezer, but if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, you can grab a few bouquets from your local grocer.

 

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Let’s do this!

Step one: Fill a bucket with water and stir your floral food in. It doesn’t technically matter what temperature your water is, but I went a little cooler than room temperature. Stick your floral foam in, and let the water soak up the foam (make sure that all of the foam turns dark green)

Step two: Cover the inside of your basket with saran wrap, making a sort of waterproof lining, or stick your plastic lining in. Once you’ve done that, fill with your now very heavy, very wet floral foam.

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Step three: Lay out your flowers, and start stripping them! This means taking off all the extra leaves, and cutting them a little shorter. I wait until I’m arranging to cut them shorter. Remember, you can always cut more, but you can’t regrow your stem if you cut too much!

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The remains of my stripping

You want to have a good amount of filler flowers (baby’s breath, leatherleaf fern, poms, feverfew, aster etc) If you are at a floral shop, they can help you find filler flowers, if you buy a bouquet, they’ll come with them!

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You also want to get some bigger flowers–I chose spray roses, standard roses, some daisies…this is where you can get creative and throw in whatever appeals to you and you think looks good together!

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Once you’ve got your flowers picked out, trim them and stick them in the foam, wherever you see fit! It’s really not too hard at all. I got a few pinecones from Michaels to add a little body to my arrangement, and it’s a fun way to tie in a season or holiday with your piece.

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And there you have it! A super fun, really easy bouquet that’ll impress everyone at the table! Comment pictures of your bouquets, I’d love to see what everyone does!

Have a great week everyone!

 


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