Valentine's Day Camellias

 

 

What you need:

  • 9-10  pink and red camellia blooms
  • 4 - 6 camellia stems with leaves    
  • 1/2 bunch white wax flower
  • 1/2 brick wet floral foam
  • 1 Valentine's day bucket 4.5  inches H x 5 inches wide (Michael's)
  • 2 red velvet hearts (2 inch)Michael's
  • 1 pink sequined 3 inch heart pick with pearls (Michael's) 
  • 6 inches of 1.25 inch wide red grosgrain ribbon
  • 6 inches of 1.25 inch wide pink grosgrain ribbon with hot pink top-stitching
  • a clear garbage bag liner
  • a quart zip-lock baggie

Equipment needed:

  • a produce knife (to cut the foam)
  • a hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • scissors
  • garden sheers

Steps: 5

 

Rated: Easy Arrangement

Would you like a little bling?  Well you have it with this triple bloom pink blush camellia with ruffled petals and yellow stamens hanging like silk tassels on a velvet curtain.  This camellia could make you forget all about Peonies!

These red camellias are all cut from the bushes outside my front door.  And the pink camellias and white wax flowers were cut from my good friend, Darlene's, yard.  (If you are in Southern California, Darlene does wedding flowers.  You can find her at http://www.flowersbydarlene.blogspot.com/).  Darlene made little Valentine buckets with these flowers and I loved them and just had to make one up to show you.  Use several types of camellias in your arrangements to add interest and variety, but if you only have one type, they are all fabulous.  The camellias are perfectly paired with the delicate white wax flower. 

The sequined heart is also a show stopper.  The tutorial shows how to make the smaller red velvet heart floral picks accented with red and pink ribbon bows.

Well, grab up your garden shears, roll up your sleeves, and let's go to work.

 

Supplies needed: 2" hearts, Valentine's bucket, only 1/2 brick of wet pack floral foam.

Supplies needed: 2" hearts, Valentine's bucket, only 1/2 brick of wet pack floral foam.

Skewers, produce knife, pick, ribbons, garden sheers, and clear garbage bag liner.

Skewers, produce knife, pick, ribbons, garden sheers, and clear garbage bag liner.

You'll even have some left over for a barbecue.

You'll even have some left over for a barbecue.

Close up heart pick and ribbons.

Close up heart pick and ribbons.

Open garbage bag liner and insert into bucket.

Open garbage bag liner and insert into bucket.

Put 1/2 wet pack floral foam into bucket.

Put 1/2 wet pack floral foam into bucket.

Push foam all the way down.

Push foam all the way down.

Cut liner 1" below rim of bucket, so it won't show.

Cut liner 1" below rim of bucket, so it won't show.

cut baggie 4.5 inches from the top.

cut baggie 4.5 inches from the top.

put foam and liner into baggie and put back in bucket.

put foam and liner into baggie and put back in bucket.

Pour in water until foam quits accepting water.

Pour in water until foam quits accepting water.

Place your stems of wax flower into the foam, bringing the stems on the edge out at a 30 degree angle.

Place your stems of wax flower into the foam, bringing the stems on the edge out at a 30 degree angle.

cut 10 inches from both your ribbons.

cut 10 inches from both your ribbons.

Cut the loop with fabric scissors in the middle.

Cut the loop with fabric scissors in the middle.

Hold ribbon down and spread open.  Put a bead of hot glue on the top of the heart.

Hold ribbon down and spread open.  Put a bead of hot glue on the top of the heart.

Place a bow on top of the glue and press down.

Place a bow on top of the glue and press down.

Push pointed tip into bottom of small hearts.  Cut pick ends at about 9 inches from top of heart.

Push pointed tip into bottom of small hearts.  Cut pick ends at about 9 inches from top of heart.

Start placing your camellias and leaves into the foam, like this.

Start placing your camellias and leaves into the foam, like this.

Place hearts with large heart in front, and 2 smaller heart going out at 30 degree angles on both sides of the back.

Place hearts with large heart in front, and 2 smaller heart going out at 30 degree angles on both sides of the back.

You want it to look balanced on all sides.

You want it to look balanced on all sides.

Wow, can you believe this bloom?

Wow, can you believe this bloom?

Bling, bling.

Bling, bling.

You're done.  Happy Valentine's Day.

You're done.  Happy Valentine's Day.