Birthday blooms

Happy Birthday to me! Well, not only me. I’d also like to give a shout out to the Queen who I share my birthday with (her real one!) which is a bit of trivia I like to bring out every year.

I decided to get up bright and early and head to one of my favourite places to kick start the day – the flower market! I just love going and thought it’d be nice to have a little floral project to do on my birthday weekend. I know, I know, I’m very rock and roll.

After a peruse of the flowers and sundries sections, I settled on buying what I needed to create a lovely floral ‘G’. Making a floral letter is really easy, so I’ve popped a quick how-to below so you can recreate this as a gift for friends and family.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 x floral foam letter (order online or pick up at your local craft store or wholesalers) – these are usually set in plastic casings to project the underneath and edges (average cost is £3 per letter)
  • 3 x bunches of flowers or a range of different ones depending on your chosen colour pallete
  • Craft knife or thorn strimmer (only required if you’re using roses)
  • Floral scissors

First things first, prepare your foam letter. To do this you can run the letter under a cold tap for a couple of minutes until the foam has soaked up a good amount of water, or leave it submerged in a sink or basin of water for a few minutes.

Once prepared, tip the letter on an angle and drain off any excess water. Be sure to only touch the plastic covered areas to do this as you don’t want to damage or puncture the foam.

Set your foam to one side and start preparing your flowers. Cut all of your stems down to around 10 cm (remember to pop the unused bits and bobs in your garden waste bin/dispose of properly!). After this, to get them cut down to the right length, measure them up against the side of the foam letter. You want to be able to push the stems down so they sit comfortably in the foam, but they don’t need to touch the bottom.

Once you’ve cut down (and de-thorned if needed), start thinking about your composition of colours and textures. It’s better not to have to keep taking the stems in and out as unneeded holes can be filled back in! Once you’ve mapped everything out, you can start popping the stems in.

Start with bigger blooms first, such as roses or gerberas, and use smaller bits of greenery/flowers to fill in any gaps. Remember to keep picking up and checking your arrangement from all angles to make sure all of the foam is covered. Once you’re happy that all of the nooks and crannies are filled, you’re done!

To keep the flowers fresh, use a small jug to top up the water every few days.

 

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