Bunch O' Daffodils

Bunch O' Daffodils

What you need:

  • 5 - 7 bunches of daffodils (they come in small bunches) or 2 bunches other small flowers.
  • 1 tea leaf (mine came from my garden)
  • 7/8 inch wide orange ribbon with white polka-dots - cut 1 yard 1 inch.
  • 1 Alvar Aalto inspired vase  6.5 inches H x 3.75 W x 3.5 D (You could use a clear fluted vase of the same dimensions or the Crate & Barrel Evelyn Small vase.)

Steps: 2

 

Rated: Super Easy Arrangement

This is a very simple arrangement in an organic clear Alvar Aalto inspired vase.  The top shape of the vase has undulating curves, i.e., they have a wave like motion, not the traditional cut crystal in a cylinder or rectangular shape.  The material of the vase is unadorned clear glass.  Alvar Aalto, a prominent Finnish product and architectural designer, introduced his organic vase, Savoy Vase of 1937, at the Paris World Fair in 1937.  

For a photograph of the original and essays about it see this New York Metropolitan Museum of Art site:  

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1985.223/

h he laminated veneers together and molded them with plywood into curved shapes.  If you want to see Alvar Aalto's furniture visit this website:  http://www.alvaraalto.fi/alvar/design/chair/english.htm    

The vase used in this arrangement is inspired by Alvar Aalto, but it was a wedding gift and I have not been able to find the manufacturer.  To make this arrangement, you could use a clear fluted vase of the same dimensions or the Crate and Barrel Evelyn Small vase.

The design of the vase is minimal and modern as is the floral design.  You will use a tea leaf wrapped inside the vase to conceal the stems.  You could also  other small flowers to make this arrangement.

If you have your vase, flowers, and ribbon, let's begin.

 

Cut the end off a tea leaf.  It should then be about 16 inches.

Cut the end off a tea leaf.  It should then be about 16 inches.

Roll up the leaf with the tip on the outside.

Roll up the leaf with the tip on the outside.

Fit inside the vase like so.

Fit inside the vase like so.

Fill with water.

Fill with water.

Add 1/2 packet of floral fresh.

Add 1/2 packet of floral fresh.

Make hand held bouquet.  Measure with eye and cut while holding.

Make hand held bouquet.  Measure with eye and cut while holding.

Place them in the vase.

Place them in the vase.

Tie the bow and you are done.  See close-ups below:

Tie the bow and you are done.  See close-ups below:

Center of flowers have different colors and sizes.

Center of flowers have different colors and sizes.

The ribbon echoes the color of the one orange centered daffodil.

The ribbon echoes the color of the one orange centered daffodil.

I love the ruffles on the flower centers.

I love the ruffles on the flower centers.

It's like a vase of sunshine.

It's like a vase of sunshine.

Enjoy!

Enjoy!