Baby's Breath in a Milk Bottle

what you need:

  • 1/3 bunch baby's breath (large flower head)
  • 1 milk bottle - this one is made of recycled glass
  • a floral stripper 

Steps: 4

 

Rated: Very Easy Arrangement

This  arrangement is super easy and captures the popular vintage look.  The glass milk bottle is recycled and has a slight greenish cast.  It features an embossed figure of a farmer milking a cow and has a wire- held cap.   The narrow neck is perfect for a bouquet of baby's breath.

 What is commonly referred to as baby's breath is technically gypsophila, a member of the carnation family. There are two types a baby's breath: the one with the small flowers, and the one shown in the picture with flowers about twice as large as the smaller variety.  The one pictured is gypsophila elegans.  It is much more dramatic.  A shortened name for gypsophila is gyp.

The proportions in height in this arrangement are 1/2 to 1/2.  The flowers take up half of the height and the milk bottle takes up half of the height.  The horizontal proportions of this arrangement follow the Greek rule of the "Golden Mean," a ratio of 1/3 to 2/3rds.  In width, the vase takes up 1/3 of the visual space of the width of the flowers.  This arrangement is not only very easy, it is inexpensive.  Are you ready?  Let's go to work!

Use a milk bottle.  This one is made of recycled glass, with"lait" embossed in it.  That's French, for milk.

Use a milk bottle.  This one is made of recycled glass, with"lait" embossed in it.  That's French, for milk.

Fill the bottle with water up to where it starts to narrow.

Fill the bottle with water up to where it starts to narrow.

Note the beautiful embossed image of the farmer and cow.  

Note the beautiful embossed image of the farmer and cow.  

Take 1/3 bunch of baby's breath.  Hold it up and cut where it lines up with the inside of the bottom of the bottle.

Take 1/3 bunch of baby's breath.  Hold it up and cut where it lines up with the inside of the bottom of the bottle.

Remove leaves below water line. Use floral stripper or your hands.

Remove leaves below water line. Use floral stripper or your hands.

Hold stems together and guide through neck of bottle.

Hold stems together and guide through neck of bottle.

Voilà...the finished arrangement.

Voilà...the finished arrangement.