In a Modern Glass Container
What you need:
- 3 bunches Mini Dianthus - 30 stems (blooms individually cut from 6.5 - 10.5 inches)
- 2 handfuls of small black rocks (mine were from Michael's)
- 28 inches variegated green wired ribbon
- a rectangular vase (rounded edges) 8 inches H, Opening 7 inches x 1.75 inches deep (found here)
- pruning shears
- fabric scissors
Flower Cost: $11.97
Rated: Easy Arrangement, but you have to cut a lot of stems.
When I was in Trader Joe's looking for something else, and I saw these minis and thought, "Wow, I have to get these," and so I did. The label said, 'Dianthus Mini' and I wondered, "Are these tiny carnations?" Well, yes they are. Their name comes from the Greek for divine (dios) and flower (anthos). There are many types of Dianthos. Two of the more common are Carnations (and these are mini carnations) and Sweet Williams (which have clusters of flowers). Carnations are the oldest of documented cut flowers, with writings about them 2,000 years old. Legend has it that Carnations grew where Mary's tears fell as she made her way to Calvary. To read more about Dianthus see: https://www.calyxflowers.com/floral-library/miniature-carnation/
This arrangement is really simple. It has stems cut at 3 different heights, giving it a very full look almost like a hydrangea. To do this you need to separately cut the carnation blooms at about 10.5 inches for the top tier, about 8.5 inches for the next tier, and about 6.5 inches for the lower tier. Then use your finger to guide the stems so they go straight down. The straight linear stems become part of the design. The glass vase is really neat and you can buy a vase like this (click here). So if you have your vase, your stones, your minis and supplies, you are ready to begin.