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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Three ways to arrange flowers

The Flower Recipe Book is a new book about flower arranging. The clever twist is that the tutorials are written like cookbook recipes—with lists of ingredients and step-by-step instructions. Here are three simple recipes, if you'd like to see...

Dahlia Recipe (photo above)

Flowers: 10 dahlias, various colors and sizes
Vessels: 6 assorted vintage bottles

1. Determine which stem to place in each bottle depending on height, size of bloom and quantity.
2. Trim and place the three tallest dahlias in the largest bottle.
3. Trim and place the three smallest dahlias in the bottle with the second largest opening.
4. Place one stem in each of the remaining bottles at varied heights.
Calla Lily Recipe

Flowers: 20 to 30 calla lilies
Vessel: Cylindrical vase

1. Choose a cylindrical vase to use as a hidden structure onto which you will affix the stems. Calculate the number of stems you'll need to totally surround the outside of the vase by dividing the circumference of the vase by the average stem width. It is helpful to have extra stems on hand in case of miscalculation.
2. Thoroughly dry each stem. Apply glue to the outside of the vase in a 1-inch vertical strip. Let the glue become tacky, then line up the first few flower stems over the strip of glue. Hold in place until the stems are secure.
3. Continue applying strips of glue and stems, keeping the base of the flowers at the same level (the stems can hang over the bottom). Make sure the stems lie straight and are right next to one another without any gaps. Repeat until you have surrounded the entire vase.
4.Trim the bottom of the stems to line up with the bottom of the vase, allowing the tower to stand on its own. The flowers can stay out of water for several hours but can also be placed on a low tray with a small amount of water to last much longer.
Lavender Recipe

Flowers: 3 bunches of lavender, assorted varieties
Vessels: 3 cups with metallic accents

1. Choose an appropriate cup for each lavender variety, taking into account bunch size and stem length.
2. Begin with the variety that has the tallest stems. Loosely line up the bottom blooms, creating a small bunch in your hand. Trim the stems to a length that is approximately twice the height of the first cup. Place the bunch in the cup.
3. Repeat with the other two lavender varieties, turning the stems so that the heads arc out at interesting angles. Arrange the cups into a pleasing composition.
The Flower Recipe Book has more gorgeous—and more advanced—recipes, as well. It's written by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo from San-Francisco-based floral studio Studio Choo. (It would make a great Mother's Day present, don't you think?)

P.S. Three more ways to arrange supermarket flowers.

(Excerpted with permission from The Flower Recipe Book by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo [Artisan Books]. Copyright ©2013. Photographs by Paige Green)

45 comments:

Lindley Anne said...

Love these ideas! I am always looking for new ways to arrange flowers throughout the house :)! Especially loving the lavender arrangements!

Paola said...

I always arrange flowers for my room, I can say I'm quite good now but this book would help so much :)

Hannah said...

How awesome!

Kate Uhry said...

my kind of eye candy. love it!

Lauren Ashley said...

Wow - beautiful ideas. I'm always looking for new ways to arrange flowers. Kinda my jam as of late.

yuko said...

Love these ideas! So simple and beautiful.

Kate Harvey said...

That calla lily "recipe" is incredible!!! Such a dramatic look.

Kathy said...

love that idea for the lillies! I could see that being a gorgeous table arrangement at a wedding.

Princess Kayel said...

I Love the dalias' one. I looks so soft and feminine, yet edgy.

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Hannah said...

Lovely post. I'm obsessed with flower arranging, I wish stuff like this showed up on my feed more often.

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bonvivantsandvagabonds said...

I always think of flower arranging as an art left to the Martha Stewarts of the world but presenting it as a cookbook makes it seem so accessible!

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lisaathome said...

I took a flower arranging class in college and I have to say it was one of my most practical classes. There is nothing like a fresh bouquet of flowers to brighten up your day.

Pretzel Thief said...

Something about this appeals to me...and I almost never buy flowers! Go figure. Note to self: start buying flowers, like, once a month and arrange prettily like in the book. Hee!

Ashlee Chu said...

This is so much fun! It almost seems too simple to integrate flowers into living spaces.

Lisa Pappalardo said...

Ooohhh! I need to get this book! I love arranging flowers! It makes me feel sooo...My Fair Lady. :)

xo Lisa
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eatgreatbegreat said...

I was never really good at arranging flowers. These are such great ideas!

Bri Towne said...

great ideas! i love callas! we used them all over for our wedding :)

Michelle said...

What a lovely idea! Even supermarket flowers are enough to elevate the whole tone of a room!

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The Slow Pace said...

Such a pretty post!!! The lavender recipe is my fave!!! I really love flowers. One of the perks of moving to Germany is that here flowers are really cheap! In Spain they are like unicorn blood, but here everyone can have a nice flower bouquet at home!

Kait said...

what a clever idea! I love the lilies so beautiful the way they are structured!

Elisa Poli said...

So spring!! Thanks

Lisette said...

Gorgeous photographs! I love it when someone can take something daunting and make it manageable.

Patricia Paramo said...

Such a great idea!

There is so much to know about arranging flowers.. I'm glad somebody wrote a book on it!

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theshellhammer said...

I love all of these -- so happy for spring. For the lillies idea, you could arrange those around old wine bottles that gather nonchalantly under your sink! Thanks for the share!

--alex

Melissa Blake said...

Ahhh, there's nothing like flowers in the spring...these are beautiful!! xoxo

eileen ragan | leaner by the lake said...

I've been playing around with flower arrangements in our apartment to make more use of the weekly bouquet than just sitting it in one vase. Thanks for sharing these!

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Jennifer of JennySue Makeup said...

This is AWESOME - I love fresh flowers but always get bored with my everyday clear vases. This is inspiring. And I agree, will have to check this book out and maybe hint around for someone to hook me up with it for mothers day!

Sammy Casey said...

Love all of these so much....

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LinnaeDesign said...

This is so beautiful, I love fresh flowers..
So insipiring!


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Patty said...

Smart. Smart. Smart.

Rachael King said...

so great i decided to buy this book for my mum for mothers day

anecdotalgoat.com said...

I especially love the lavender. I love having it around, it smells so wonderful!

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fibreandspice said...

I wish I had a huge flower garden so I could make arrangements like these every day... Fresh flowers in the kitchen every morning? Yes, please.

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Fabulous ideas regarding arrangements of flowers..

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Worf Sisko said...

What a great article! I love the creativity and time you put into it. I particularly like the Calla Lily Recipe - how clever! I never would have thought of having a flower arrangement like that - and I really liked it. Thanks!

Worf Sisko said...

I just realized I am logged into my husbands account. oops. But thanks for the flower idea - I plan on making a table center piece for it

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