Day 7: Seven Bouquets-A-Swimming

When I found these incredible teardrop vases via Pinterest, I was overwhelmed with possibilities.

If paired with the right amount of flora and fauna, I knew they would make a terrific ornament for Christmas. This type of vessel holds just enough water to keep flowers and other greenery fresh for longer periods of time.

To get this project going, I made seven mini tussie mussies using the Southern Living Plant Collection.

The idea is for these lovely little bouquets to “swim” in the vases with a swan-like grace. When completed, the arrangement can be displayed in your kitchen window or on your Christmas tree. I chose to hang mine in our guest bedroom.

Nothing says “Welcome!” quite like a parade of fresh flowers. Your guests will certainly appreciate the gesture and the added warmth to your home will make the season all the merrier.

Step 1: Thread your ribbon through all seven vases. Use different lengths for each vase. This will allow you to hang your vases at different heights. Don’t be afraid to use a non-traditional color for the holidays.

If you know me at all, you know that palladium blue is one of my favorite colors all throughout the year. A dear friend gave me the ribbon I am using here. It is a thin silk and is truly divine!

Step 2: Collect clippings of greenery. I used camellia greenery along with yewtopia, pittosporum, frazier fur and holly.

Step 3: Wrap floral wire around your grouping and cover the wire with floral tape. Make sure that you do not tape the ends of the greenery so that the stems can drink water.

Step 4: Add some seasonal sparkle by including a small gold ornament. I chose a matte gold finish but if you really want a punch of color add a vibrant red or green.

Step 5: Place your tussie mussie into the vase next to the ornament.  Be sure to stand the greenery upright so that your handy work can be seen.

Step 6: Add a camellia bloom to give the vase its finishing touch.

Step 7: Hang your vases at varying heights. We used painters tape to secure the ribbon and were able to conceal it. This prevented us from having to do any unnecessary drilling.

Step 8: Lastly, fill your vases with water. I find it much easier to do this once they are already suspended from the windowpane.

Don’t forget to change out your camellia blooms when needed. I always pick my blooms when they are barely opened. That way, they will open quickly in the direct sunlight and will last longer than blooms that are already fully opened.

The hard part is over and now it’s time for you to keep your seven bouquets swimming all season long. 

Materials

  • 7 tear drop vases 
  • Ribbon
  • Clippings of Oakland™ Holly
  • Clippings of Yewtopia® Plum Yew
  • Clippings of Mojo® Pittosporum
  • Clippings of Frazier Fir
  • October Magic™ Orchid Camellia and greenery

Tools

  • Pitcher of water
  • Floral tape
  • Wire

Instructions

Step 1: Thread your ribbon through all seven vases. Use different lengths for each vase. This will allow you to hang your vases at different heights. Don’t be afraid to use a non-traditional color for the holidays.

If you know me at all, you know that palladium blue is one of my favorite colors all throughout the year. A dear friend gave me the ribbon I am using here. It is a thin silk and is truly divine!

Step 2: Collect clippings of greenery. I used camellia greenery along with yewtopia, pittosporum, frazier fur and holly.

Step 3: Wrap floral wire around your grouping and cover the wire with floral tape. Make sure that you do not tape the ends of the greenery so that the stems can drink water.

Step 4: Add some seasonal sparkle by including a small gold ornament. I chose a matte gold finish but if you really want a punch of color add a vibrant red or green.

Step 5: Place your tussie mussie into the vase next to the ornament.  Be sure to stand the greenery upright so that your handy work can be seen.

Step 6: Add a camellia bloom to give the vase its finishing touch.

Step 7: Hang your vases at varying heights. We used painters tape to secure the ribbon and were able to conceal it. This prevented us from having to do any unnecessary drilling.

Step 8: Lastly, fill your vases with water. I find it much easier to do this once they are already suspended from the windowpane.

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