Idea 6: Bring some colour into your home with flowers
Be a total modern domestic goddess and arrange your own flowers. It can be so rewarding when you create something beautiful, and brings much needed life and colour into your home at this time of year. It’s been so miserable outside lately that even something simple like having some freshly cut blooms in your home can make a big difference in elevating your mood. Colour coordinating flowers with your decor is a simple way of adding a stylish touch, and is very inviting. It’s much cheaper to buy bunches from the market and arrange them yourself that buying ready bought bouquets, and you can use all sorts of nice containers to display them in – jugs, dishes, shells, even teacups.
I’ve always wanted to do a flower arranging course, but that can be expensive, and involves leaving the house – totally not the point of these indoor activities! So follow my tips below, have a look on the internet – You Tube has so many good videos, and take a look at the pictures of the arrangements I have done below. It really is a nice creative and simple activity that will make you feel like the perfect domestic goddess.
Here are a few of my tips for arranging your own blooms:
- Decide which colours go with the room you want to put your arrangement in and stick to 2 or 3 primary colours. Unless of course you want to go multi.
- Cut the stems at an angle, a good inch from the bottom
- Use jugs, teacups, dessert bowls, anything! to display them.
- Use oasis for table decorations – it is so easy to use, simply soak it, place on a shallow tray, stab the stems of the flowers into it, and keep it watered. It looks so professional and holds a display in place.
- Use clear cellophane for wide vases – scrunch some cellophane up and use to hold the stems in place at the top of your vase. You can’t see it, and the vase will look full.
- Use pebbles, glass nuggets, marbles, shells, or beads in the bottom of your vase to add colour and interest.
- Layer rose stems over one another to create a neat looking arrangement.
- Buy some big shells and use them to put the stems into, whether at the bottom of a clear vase, a shall dish, or on their own if they are big enough.
- Use a flower powder (it usually comes in sachets with shop bought arrangements) to keep the water fresh, or add a mix of sugar and a few drops of vodka to the water instead – yes this works!
- Experiment with grasses and bamboo – flower arranging doesn’t have to mean pretty floral blooms, you can use thistles, grasses, tropical leaves and other interesting stems to make your arrangements stand out.
- Cut flowers off the stems and float them in a shallow dish for a different table arrangement or coffee table center-piece.