Create Your Own Tuscan Floral Arrangement with Antique Pottery
Research shows that flowers have a positive impact on emotional health and well being. Since it’s officially spring what better way to celebrate than with a fresh Tuscan decor project for your home? Nowadays, flowers are available throughout the year at your local grocery store and when weather permits, you can grow and pick them from your yard. Why not try to incorporate flowers in your life as often as possible? Not only will it bring freshness to your space but it will also inspire you throughout the day. Simply add them to any space with this guide 'Create Your Own Tuscan Flower Arrangement with Antique Pottery.'
When making a flower arrangement, it is important to use an interesting vase. I happen to have quite a few rustic Italian antique pots at my home which often make for the perfect vessel. In case you missed my post last week I showed you how to use beautiful copper pots in practical ways around your home. Here’s how I made a beautiful floral arrangement at MERCATO using this Tuscan antique green pot .
- Flowers of your choice
- Antique pot
- Floral Scissors
- Plastic container or lightweight vase to hold plants and water inside the pot
- Newspaper or craft paper
Do a little prep work. Layout the flowers and remove most of the leaves. You don’t want any submerged in water. The leaves will die and the water will not stay fresh as long.
I also trimmed up the stems a bit on the flowers before I got started. They were long and I thought it would make them easier to work with.
Antique pottery can be porous which means it might weep water. To make sure this doesn’t happen, you’ll want to use a lightweight simple inexpensive vase, or even a plastic container, to place inside of the pot to hold water. I used a lightweight plastic container. It isn’t heavy and won’t damage the antique pot.
Use newspaper or craft paper inside the antique pot and around the plastic container. This keeps it stable. Pour water into the plastic container.
This is where the fun begins. Start placing the flowers and greenery in the pot. Cut the stems as you go along adjusting for the height of the flowers in the arrangement and to extend the life of flowers. They will be able to absorb more water.
Just play with the flowers and the arrangement until you like what you see. Sometimes just moving a flower around slightly makes a difference. I added the branches last to give the arrangement height and visual interest.
Not only is this a simple, yet stunning, project - it has many applications to add interest to a variety of spaces. This is how MERCATO customer Sara Gasbarra used antique pots in an installation at the restaurant Formento's in Chicago. Sara is the founder of Verdura, a full service design company that creates culinary gardens for chefs, restaurants and hotels. See more of her work here. The way she incorporated the installation into the space is stunning.
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