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There is nothing like having a fresh cut bunch of beautiful flowers in your home. Flowers seem to brighten the spirits and bring a wonderful fragrance into the home. Baskets of all types are readily available and make great containers for flowers. The flowers can be formally arranged or just placed in the basket for a more casual look. This is a fun project that anyone can accomplish in no time

How to Make a Flower Arrangement By an eHow Contributor [click for how to]

Mint and Lavender + Pom-Pom Dahlias + Grass: Step 1: Start with slightly asymmetrical base of greens. We used flowering mint. Leave some stems nice & tall so the arrangement will be taller than pitcher. Step 2: Place large showy blooms throughout the base of greens. We used pom pom dahlias. Play with the directions of “face” of flowers so they are not all looking the same way. Step 3: Finish the arrangement with a bold gesture of grass to balance the shape of the pitcher. Sprinkle with lavender

Flower arrangements help to express your sense of imagination and create a refreshing atmosphere in your home. You can use vibrant flowers to enhance the appearance of your home and its surrounding. Outdoor flower arrangement can be done in different attractive types. A combination of various flowers and plants make a perfect flower arrangement.

Bird's Nest Centerpiece: • Clay dish from terra-cotta pot (we used a 12-in dish) • Long bundle raffia • Spanish moss • Scraps of ribbon, feathers & small twigs or branches • 2 pots of mini-daffodils • As many potted containers of pansies that will fit into the terra-cotta dish (we used 4) • Small brown or blue eggs (optional) [cont]

  • Betty Riordan

    @ Directions: 1. Gather a bundle of Spanish moss and raffia, then pull and twist the two together until you form a bird-nest shape that will fit into your dish. (It should be three inches higher than the sides of your dish.) 2. Weave through the nest some long scraps of ribbon, feathers and small twigs or branches. 3. Remove all the potted pansies and daffodils from their containers and place them closely together in the nest. 4. For an extra touch, add small eggs to the arrangement. 5. Using a spray bottle of water, mist the flowers once a day so they stay moist. The flowers should stay healthy this way for up to two weeks. After that time, you can take them out of the nest and plant them in the ground.

Springtime Flowers & Fruits in Footed Dish: • Footed dish • Floral oasis (available at craft or floral supply stores) • 3-in. floral sticks (available at craft or floral supply stores) • Assorted fruits: nectarines, peaches, pears, lemons & grapes • Pink ranunculus, pansies, tulips, pink hyacinth (about 2 doz. stems) • Eucalyptus or greens for filling *Directions: Soak floral oasis in a bowl of water overnight. Place floral oasis in footed dish. [cont]

  • Betty Riordan

    @ 3. Wire or push the floral sticks into the base of the nectarines, peaches, pears and lemons. 4. Wire the floral sticks to the bunches of grapes. 5. Insert the sticks with the nectarines, peaches, pears and lemons into the floral oasis, placing them randomly around the bowl. 6. Attach the floral sticks with the grapes to the oasis so they hang over the edge of the bowl. 7. Cut the stems of the flowers and push them into the oasis between the fruits (no floral picks should be needed).

Vegetables and Flowers: • Bowl or container • Floral oasis (available at craft or floral supply stores) • variety of 3-6-in. floral sticks (available at craft or floral supply stores) • Variety of vegetables including mini-artichokes, broccoli, asparagus, endive & kale • White tulips, lilacs & lilies of the valley or an assortment of your favorite white flowers *Directions: Soak your floral oasis in a bowl of water overnight. Place the floral oasis in bowl of water overnight. [cont]

  • Betty Riordan

    @ Place the floral oasis in your chosen container. 3. Wire or push the floral sticks into the base of the mini-artichokes, broccoli, asparagus, endives and kale, using the longer floral sticks for the vegetables that will be placed in the center of the container. 4. Push the vegetables randomly into the oasis. 5. Push the stems of the flowers between the vegetables in the oasis.

Lemon Daisy Topiary: • 4 Styrofoam blocks • Box of 2-in. floral pins • Wooden skewers • 18-24 lemons • A container • Small spring flowers *Directions: Place Styrofoam blocks into container to form rectangular shape. Push a few wooden skewers through the Styrofoam to connect the blocks together. Using kitchen knife, cut the Styrofoam into cone shape. Make the cone smaller than you want the completed arrangement to look because once you add the lemons, it will be larger [cont]

  • Betty Riordan

    @ Make the cone smaller than you want the completed arrangement to look because once you add the lemons, it will be larger. Cut a flat top on the cone about 2 inches from the original top. Place the Styrofoam back in the container and use a skewer horizontally to secure the cone to the base. Starting at the bottom, attach the lemons to the cone using floral pins. The pins should be hidden at the back of the lemons.

• Large glass vase • 8 oranges • 6 lemons • 6 limes • Tulips *Directions: Fill vase about 3/4 to the top with the whole oranges, lemons & limes. Reserve 2 different pieces of fruit. Slice reserved pieces of fruit & slide them down into the inside edge of the glass. To push fruit slices to the bottom, use the handle of a wooden spoon. Fill vase to top with water. Place stems of the tulips in the center of the vase (The fruit will help anchor the flowers.)

Asparagus Arrangement: • Small can • Spring asparagus (approximately one pound if using a 32-ounce can) • 2 strong rubber bands • Raffia • Pansies & grape hyacinth or your favorite flowers (1dozen total) *Directions: Place 2 strong rubber bands around the center of the can & insert the asparagus stalks inside the bands. Use raffia to cover the rubber bands. Fill 3/4 of can with water & place the long stems of the pansies around the edges so they meet with the asparagus tips.

Edible-Flowers Kit: Skip the garden-variety box of chocolates. Instead, charm an epicure with a trio of flowers that can top spring salads. The kit includes seeds for lemon pansies, nasturtiums, and violas. To buy: $55.96, redenvelope.com.