Fall Flower Arrangement

This is step 5 for those of you following along with my 8 tutorials leading you to your Thanksgiving Tablescape.  {For those of you who missed them here are step 1, step 2, step 3, and step 4.}  Here are the details on the Fall Flower Arrangement:

Materials:

    • Painted Hydrangeas
    • Painted Acorns
    • Glass Vase
    • Rust-Oleum Metallic Brilliant Metal Finish in Antique Brass Metallic {7274}
      • This can be found at Home Depot, which is where I purchased mine.  I have seriously searched every craft store around for a lovely rich deep bronze color, to which I could not find.  Most of them appear pretty orangey.  I wanted more of an espresso chocolate brown.  If you are wanting the espresso richness, this one is the one you want.
    • Toilet Paper Roll {the cardboard part, not with any tp left on it} 😉

Directions:

  1. With Rustoleum, spray paint toilet paper roll.
    • You can actually get a way with a heavier coat than normal because the cardboard tends to soak up the paint pretty quickly.
    • Uh…why am I painting the core of a toilet paper roll?  Well, I’ll tell ya.  When you go to add your hydrangea to the arrangement, the roll saves a space for it.  By painting it, nobody will even notice its there.  Hydrangeas are such delicate things, you don’t want to try to shove the stem through the acorns or you will end up losing a lot of the pretty little flowers.
  2. Allow to dry.
  3. Check roll to see if there are any spots that have been missed.  If so, Repeat steps 1 and 2.
  4. Fill glass vase with acorns to measure how many will be needed, then remove from vase.
  5. Place toilet paper roll in center of vase.
  6. Fill area in vase surrounding tp roll with painted acorns.
    • The tp roll can be bent and modified, or even cut to make it’s center smaller in diameter if needed to allow space for the acorns.
  7. Cut stem of hydrangea just slightly shorter than height of vase.
  8. Place hydrangea stem into hole of tp roll to complete.
    • Why not just set the hydrangea on top of acorns without stem?  Eh, you probable could.  But, by having a stem down into the arrangement it will help keep the flower in place.  Painted hydrangeas are very light, so they don’t have any weight to help hold them in place.
Enjoy your Fall Flower Arrangement – one of the few flower arrangements made with real flowers that will last a very long time.
Carrie
Like Thanksgiving?  Me too!  I have another fun project for you to make.  Head over to A Law Students Journey to check out my guest post {I think your really gonna like it!}.
 
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