Underwater arrangements

South, TX

Do you all make arrangements under water?

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South, TX

I love making them, so much fun.

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Columbia, MO(Zone 5b)

What a great idea! Thank you for sharing the pics with us.

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Never have, but always love new ideas and will be making some this year for sure.

Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

Hi Sallysblooms,
Love seeing your arrangements and glad to see you on the cut flowers forum. Please bring in some more. Also, if you have the time, check out the Flowerpot Cafe' and Floral Clubs #2. We have a lot of fun on this forum. I am a newbie at arrangements, but have learned a lot from the wonderful DGer's here.

Funny, but I just did my first underwater arrangment for the Floral Club.

Traci

May Princess Tammy always have lovely blooms.

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london England, United Kingdom

Hi Sallysblooms, welcome!
Lovely underwater arrangements with delicate colours. Thankyou.
Do you have anymore to share, please?!
I agree, it is so much fun to make them.

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Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

I was wandering how long it would be before you saw this, Terri!

May Princess Tammy never be stuck underwater.

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Beautiful one after another. Just can't get enough of these.

Seale, AL(Zone 8b)

Cool! Never seen them before. Are they made with real flowers? Sure are pretty. : )

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

How do you keep them down?
Doesn't look like they are smooshed so how do you keep them from just poppin up to the top? Do you just pack them in there and then add the water?

london England, United Kingdom

Hi Star and Candee, Try it!
I did just pack them in there and filled up with water. They still move, which is what makes them interesting to make because you don't know exactly what they will turn out like. I used some twigs horizontaly which helps to hold the flowers down too.

I think Traci used a pincushion to hold her flowers and Sallyblooms used the stones for anchorage.
I hope Sallysblooms comes back with some more and tells us what she does!




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Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Thanks for the information, now I need some poseys to try this out.

I love the way yours spills over.

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Humansville, MO

how do you make the water arrangement
elle

Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

I did use the pincushion/FROG! It is so heavy, it just pulled it down to the bottom.

Seale, AL(Zone 8b)

Don't the flowers turn moldy under the water? I think I ammissing something somewhere? (scratches head)

london England, United Kingdom

Hi Star,
The flowers would turn mouldy if they were left in dirty water for days and bacteria was allowed to build up.
If you change the water everyday, they are fine, I use old and fresh flowers.
It's not a traditional way to flower arrange , but it's nice to experiment sometimes!

Seale, AL(Zone 8b)

Thanks for the info.. Looks pretty. If my flowers evr get into bloom may give it a try.

london England, United Kingdom

You're welcome!
Are you doing a miniature arrangement for the flower club this weekend? I haven't started mine yet.

Columbia, MO(Zone 5b)

I bet silk flowers would work in this type of arrangement too and then you would not have to worry about the mold/decay problem.

Seale, AL(Zone 8b)

Yep I go tme some minature flowers fresh from garden just need my camers now ; ( can't figure where i left it.

I don't know, seems silk might mold too, cuz they a fabric right, dont fabrics mold when they get wet too long. Not sure.

london England, United Kingdom

I think some experiments may give us the answers!

How long does a 'normal' arrangement last in oasis? 1week maybe2?
So we wouldn't expect an underwater arrangement of flowers to last longer than that?


Humansville, MO

plese tell me how you go about making water
arrangement? i would like to join the group
elle

london England, United Kingdom

Hi Elle, Welcome!
sorry I missed your post earlier.
Basically, Use a clear vase 'arrange' some flowers and foliage in the vase,
pour in water slowly.............underwater arrangement done!
You can use a 'frog' to anchor flowers if you want a more realistic scene and
decorate with stones ,twigs, glass objects etc.
Look forward to seeing what yours turns out like, sorry to rush, I have guests!
Terri

Seale, AL(Zone 8b)

Hi Elle!

Think you and me both will be learnign together. : )

Humansville, MO

i hope i want to make some for my work
i work in aq nurseing home
they sure do like home made thing
they enjoy my wax bear and candle
but i want something new
does the vace need a top or want can some one send picture
and how to do it

Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

Hi elles,
Mine is done with a frog or pin. It is a circular heavy metal piece with prongs sticking up. I will try to find a pic. I started by sticking different lenghts of tulips in the way I wanted them to look and dropped the frog in. It is heavy enough to hold the flowers. I then covered it with heart peebles.

As for other types, such as the vase filled with water and petals, it is really a simple but great idea. I THINK how you do it is to start with some water in the vase and add petals. When it fills up with petals, add more water. Continue until you reach the top. On Sally's first pic, I love that she manuveured a flower in the front and imagine you would have to do that after the vase is filled with petals so the flower doesn't move.

The arrangement of the flowers on top is done the same, so no top is necessary. You just plop the arrangement into the water/petal concoction. Although Sally's second post does have a top and I think that is neat.

Just remember, they won't last but a week or so and make sure to change the water.

I hope that helps some. I will try to find a pic of the frog/pin.

Ask away, as I am a newbie too and this is the only way to learn.

Traci

Please ignore this part as it is a game I am in.

May Princess Kathy always have frogs.

Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

Hey elles,
Well it took a bit, but this is a frog.

http://www.stonelantern.com/ikebanakenzans1.html

I found mine at Michaels. Any craft store should have it and it is worth its weight in gold!!

Oh, they call them Kenzans and use in Ikebana.

May Princess Kathy alway have Fung Shi in her home.

Humansville, MO

thankyou pupilpropogtr
i hope this did not hurt you in your game
it just look so nice
and i know the old folk will enjoy them
elle

Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

Naw, I just have to acknowledge Princess Kathy in every post. Have to admit, I am not good at remembering.

The elderly will love this and it will brighten their day. Once you figure it out, it will be simple. Good luck and please show us what you come up with. DON'T be embarassed, you should see my first ones I started in.....October, I think.

May Princess Kathy always remember!

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

I am going to try one soon as we get something that looks like a flower here!

Humansville, MO

THANK-YOU
now to get everything to gether
i will send picture

london England, United Kingdom

Traci, how many days did your tulips last underwater? I have some I could use for an underwater arrangement.

Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

Hey Terri,
They lasted only about 3 days, but I didn't condition them or change the water. It was a solid three days. I bet, if done right you could get 5.

london England, United Kingdom

Thanks Traci, Here's some underwater tulips, good luck Elle, have fun!

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Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

They look like jars of hard rock candy! Lovely

Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

Wow Terri. So many different ways to fill the vase. I see the new wire, pebbles and flowers. What a great idea!

london England, United Kingdom

Thanks Candee and Traci.
Sallysblooms was right, it is so much fun!

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Humansville, MO

hi all
how about did
i have no real flower yet
so i use one i got from wal-mart
i use the flower ,glass,stone ,water
will they last
elle

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london England, United Kingdom

Hi Elle,
Yey, you did it, well done!, it looks pretty, nice touch with ribbon too.
I really don't know how long they will last, but if I were taking them to an old folks home I would be changing the displays every week! (thats just me)!
If I end up in an old folks home, I would be delighted with a sweet girl like you bringing in flower displays , that would really brighten up the place and cheer me up!!

Humansville, MO

thank-you
but i am a little old woman of 64
i love home made thing
i enjoy this forum so much
elle

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