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What you need:

  • 1 doz. large fushia tipped Roses (cut from 9" -12")
  • 4  - 5  Mini Green Hydrangeas or Hortensia (4 cut at 10.5" and 1 cut at 8.5 ") 
  • Blue and white hexagonal vase 5"H.x 4.5" W
  • waterproof Floral Tape
  • one half a wet-pack Floral Brick
  • 4 pieces 18 gauge Floral Wire cut into thirds

Tools:

  • Pruning sheers
  • a Produce knife

Steps: 

 

Rated: Easy Arrangement

We all love blue and white porcelain.  There is something about it that is refined, yet fresh.  The dark cobalt blues contrasting with the white designs add vibrance to a room or a table setting.  Blue and white porcelain began to appear in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1279).  It is thought that the cobalt color made from cobalt oxide was first used though in the Middle East. See:       http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/culture/porcelain-history.htm

 You can see some beautiful examples of Chinese porcelain at the China On-line Museum:  http://www.chinaonlinemuseum.com/ceramics-blue-and-white-porcelain.php

However, there are many stores where you can find wonderful pieces.  Find a small container like this one, get your supplies and you are ready to make this arrangement.  For instructions to wire your roses see:  http://www.floristinyou.com/prep

 Use 1/2 wet-pack Floral foam brick.  ( I used 2 scraps)

Use 1/2 wet-pack Floral foam brick.  ( I used 2 scraps)

 Use a produce knife. Shape foam to fit container.

Use a produce knife. Shape foam to fit container.

 If you have 2 pieces, shape the second piece.

If you have 2 pieces, shape the second piece.

 Insert.  It doesn't have to be a perfect fit.

Insert.  It doesn't have to be a perfect fit.

 Fill with water.  It will take a lot.

Fill with water.  It will take a lot.

 Wipe rim and make a grid with tape.  Press down onto rim of vase.

Wipe rim and make a grid with tape.  Press down onto rim of vase.

 Finish your grid, like so.

Finish your grid, like so.

 Wire roses.  Hold rose up to determine height of middle rose (12 inches).

Wire roses.  Hold rose up to determine height of middle rose (12 inches).

 Insert center rose.  Cut 4 Roses 11.5 inches.

Insert center rose.  Cut 4 Roses 11.5 inches.

 Insert 4 roses around center rose.

Insert 4 roses around center rose.

 Cut 4 Hydrangea 10.5 inches.

Cut 4 Hydrangea 10.5 inches.

 Next roses should be half an inch shorter than Hydrangea (10 inches).

Next roses should be half an inch shorter than Hydrangea (10 inches).

 Cut large rose 9 inches for lower right side.

Cut large rose 9 inches for lower right side.

 Cut hydrangea 8.5 inches.  Place center front.  Cut rose 9 inches place front left, and cut another rose 9 inches. Place in back.

Cut hydrangea 8.5 inches.  Place center front.  Cut rose 9 inches place front left, and cut another rose 9 inches. Place in back.

 Here are some close-ups.

Here are some close-ups.

 The fushia tips provide quite a contrast.

The fushia tips provide quite a contrast.

 Yum.  I love these colors.

Yum.  I love these colors.

 You are finished My Dear.  Enjoy!

You are finished My Dear.  Enjoy!