|Floor Standing Floral|
Many homes today have very high ceilings. This poses issues with accessories because there is so much wall space it’s hard to know what to add to fill it all in. Well, one option is a tall floral arrangement and in this case, just an arrangement of swirled sticks. This helps bridge the gap between the height of the window coverings and the low profile of the sofa. It also helps hide the speaker installed in the wall!
Here’s what you’ll need to make a floor standing arrangement like we did.
1. Start by placing your container on a flat sturdy surface with the opening at a level that is comfortable to work at. Our container was already about 36” tall, so I was able to set it on the kitchen floor and work at it quite comfortably.
2. Work on cutting your floral foam down to fit snuggly inside the opening of the container. I have the foam sitting inside the plastic bag from the store so I can just pick up the carved foam and leave the mess inside the bag.
Notice the shape I had to carve for my container. I would carve a bit and then try it out, carve a bit more and try again because I didn’t want to slip and carve too much off or the foam would slide right down into the container and be lost.
This was the way I finally left the foam. I actually had to push it in with some force and was able to get it stuck in the opening. Now that was perfect! I did add a little hot glue around the edges but probably didn’t need it.
3. The next step is to cover the foam with the Spanish moss. You do this by grabbing a handful, putting it into position and holding it in place by pushing a greening pin through it. Do this a couple times until you have the foam covered.
4. Then without cutting anything off the bottom of the sticks, I started inserting them through the moss and into the foam several inches so I knew they would be in sturdy. Start in the center because you want those sticks to stand up taller than the ones next to them as you radiate out towards the edges of the opening.
I kept adding sticks all the way around, eventually cutting some of them shorter as I moved closer to the outside edge of the container. You can see the rounded shape I was getting at the top. I also kept moving back a distance to make sure I was making the arrangement fairly even as far as height and fullness. Halfway there!
At night the arrangement can be highlighted with a plant light hidden on the floor behind the side table. If it shines up through the branches it will leave a lovely shadow on the wall behind the sticks causing an even prettier effect.
Children and adults alike will enjoy putting together these great hostess or neighborhood gifts for the holiday. They solve the problem of turkey leftovers and can become a traditional decoration!