Hobbies

Hobbies: Make a floral arrangement

mattandshari.comMarch 1, 2013 

A floral arrangement with a clock inside will accent any room in the home.

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Floral arrangements are a wonderful addition to any home. They are welcoming in the foyer, on a dining table – even in a bedroom or bathroom.

We saw a floral arrangement incorporating a clock at a hotel in Hartford, Conn., and thought it was a fabulous decorating idea. We can all appreciate a clock in just about anyplace in the home, so combining the two – well, brilliant!

Such an arrangement actually has a lot more going for it than simply the clock. Our container is a lovely, textured trunk made out of twigs, some leather strappings and upholstery tacks. It measures 16 inches wide by 12 inches deep. The height is 8 inches, so it would easily hold floral foam, silk flowers and the clock.

You can use different-sized clocks in the container of your choice, but you’ll need to adjust the accompanying materials accordingly – for instance, maybe having more flowers than were used in our example. Experiment and have fun with this.

Our clock is one with some filigree along the bottom edge. Floral foam was glued and strapped with floral wire to the trunk. The clock was then attached to the foam with wire and floral picks, followed by the greenery.

As with most floral arrangements, start with the focal flowers. These are usually the largest, most dramatic flowers in the arrangement. The four in this one are spaced evenly.

Then the rest of the arrangement is put together with secondary flowers. All of the flowers we chose were off-white, which kept the piece sophisticated and simple and let the clock stand out. To accent the antiqued appearance of our clock, brown pheasant feathers and large seedpods were added.

We filled in with a variety of greens, from larger leaves to small strands of ivy. The combination of gray-green leaves and brighter green added depth and interest.

Keep in mind that you will need room for your hand to fit behind the clock to periodically change the time. However, it looks great to have a variety of flowers and greenery surrounding the clock.

There is a bit of the trunk’s lid exposed in our example and it becomes part of the textural background.

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