Easy Spring and Summer Flower Projects

Isn’t it just wonderful that Spring has finally arrived? If you are in a part of the country where Spring is taking it’s time, you will just have to get an early start on the melt! There is nothing more cheery and lovely about Spring and Summer than flowers. April brings the rains and May brings the flowers, or so goes the rhyme. There will be blooms everywhere, if not today then very soon. And those blooms need to be captured and made use of; don’t leave them to rot on the ground! I have great simple and cheap ideas for decorating your home with flowers for Spring and Summer. Bright yellows, blues, greens and whites. Lovely brash, happy colors to make your home just glow with cheery sunlight.

Be prepared for some very simple ideas and projects. These could actually cost you very little or even nothing at all if you have old containers in your home that are packed away and flowers growing in the garden outside. Otherwise, you can get containers and other items at the flea market or thrift store and pick flowers in the neighbor’s garden (with permission, of course!). So get out the floral supplies from last year and clear the winter decorations from the table.. you are about to make some great decorations that will help you welcome Spring with open arms.

Wildflowers in a Water Pitcher

For this you will need:

Yellow wildflowers
White wildflowers
Purple wildflowers
Tin Water Pitcher (like the one shown)
Yellow spray paint

Method:

Spray the tin water pitcher with the glossy yellow spray paint. While you let it dry, go hunting for the flowers. You will need a big basket, bag or box to carry them all back in. Bring a small bottle of water so you can shake some water on them to keep them moist if you are hunting for while.

You will want to get a big bunch of yellow wildflowers, like daisies, cornflowers, calendula, black eyed susans or any that you can find. Do not mix them up. Get only one kind of yellow wildflower and get a large bunch. Once you have the yellow flowers, you will need to get the white ones. Look for baby’s breath, candytuft, drummond phlox, queen anne’s lace or sweet alyssum. These will look the best in the arrangement. Get a big bunch of the same kind of white wildflower.

Once you have a big bunch of yellow and a big bunch of white wildflowers, you will need to get a few purple ones. Look for foxglove, new england aster, johnny jump up or blazing star. Get several of these purple wildflowers, all the same kind. And once you have all the flowers, look around for attractive foilage. You can pick anything you like, but it should have large enough leaves or lobes to be visible against the flowers in the arrangement. Lemon leaves, leatherleaf ferns, boxwood and green galax are all good choices but be creative. Choose anything that catches your eye. Once you have a handful of foilage and all the wildflowers, you can go back and make your arrangement.

Fill the pitcher with glass beads and water or you can use moist peat moss or floral foam. These will help anchor the arrangement and keep the flowers alive longer. You could dry the flowers first if you want to but the arrangement loses it’s beauty when dried. Fill the pitcher with the yellow and white blooms, stuffing them in and fussing with them to place them as you like. Dot the flowers with the foilage, tucking the leaves behind the flowers on the side and in the back. Then, once the arrangement looks good to you, place the purple flowers carefully, one at a time, in various places in the arrangement. The dramatic contrast of the colors I have chosen for you will make this arrangement pop. And nothing says summer or spring as brightly and pleasantly than yellow and white.

Floral Display in a Ceramic Jug

For this project you will need:

A Ceramic Jug
Large bunch of Baby’s Breath
Large bunch of Queen Anne’s Lace
Several Pink Gerberas

Method:

Select a white ceramic jug if at all possible. White has the best effect. Stuff the jug with babys’ breath and queen anne’s lace, both of which you can obtain at a florist, crafts shop or garden center. Stuff it in to where it’s fairly well packed in there, spread out in a huge spray. When you have a big spray of white flowers, start adding in the pink gerberas. Just add one at a time, in various places in the arrangement. The idea is to give a strong accent to the white background and white jug, making the gerberas pop with color. This should be so lovely to look at that people will think the florist sent it!

Hyacinths in Delftware

For this project you will need:

Delftware Pot or Vase
6 Fresh, dried or paper Pink Anemones
3 Fresh, dried or paper Purple Anemones
9 Fresh, dried or paper Lavender Grape Hyacinths
Big bunch of fresh, paper or dried Calathea Leaf or Bakers Leaf
Big bunch of fresh, paper or dried Variegated Hosta Leaf

Method:

You can make this arrangement without the Delftware but it’s not the same. The very best presentation comprises of a Delftware vase or pot on a Delftware plate with the same pattern. It can be any size or shape pot or vase and you do not need the plate. You can use paper flowers and foilage if you and find or make them. You can also use dried foilage and flowers that you can order online if you are unable to find fresh. Fresh is very nice but not necessary with this arrangement. In fact, I’d recommend using dried Anemones for sure.

Fill the Delftware with the foilage. Pack it in really thick so the container looks full. If you choose to use paper foilage, make sure that it’s twisted around to look right in the vase. With dried foilage, always be careful not to knock off the edges or cause the veins to split. Once the foilage is safely and tightly in place, you can start adding the flowers. Start with the grape hyacinths and place them all along the outsides of the arrangement, dangling somewhat over the sides. Make sure that they stick out and are visible but not drooping too much, just sticking out.

Once you have the hyacinthis where you like them, you can start plugging in the anemones. Place the pink ones where you like, in various spots where they give dramatic contrast. Once they are placed, then add in the 3 purple ones where they contrast the others and reflect the color of the Delftware. If you use paper foilage and flowers, this arrangement can be kept for years. Dried ones will last several years at best and will have to be replaced in time. Fresh ones, which I do not recommend for this arrangement, will naturally be done with in a week. You can extend the life of fresh flowers and foilage, if you choose to use them here, by adding flower food and water to the inside bottom of the vase before adding the foilage.

Dogroses In Tin

For this project you will need:

Tin Water Pitcher
4 pink Dog Roses, fresh, dried or paper
4 white Dog Roses, fresh, dried or paper
1 branch of 3 Lemon Leaves, fresh, dried or paper
1 branch of Stevia Leaves, fresh, dried or paper
4 clusters Queen Annes’ Lace, fresh or dried

Method:

Use the oldest, most beat up tin water or milk pitcher you can find. Look in thrift shops and flea markets for that special piece. The container makes this arrangement. It should be a container with a very small neck, no larger than 4 inches around. Do nothing to change or alter the container once you’ve found one you like. If you choose to use dried flowers, which I do recommend for this arrangement, you can spray them with glycerin to both improve their color and brilliance and also to extend their lifespan. Dried flowers do crumble in time but glycerin will slow down that process. This is not necessary and you can use fresh flowers for this arrangement if you prefer.

If you use fresh flowers, be sure to add flower food and water to the pitcher before starting. Moist peat moss will work just as well if you prefer. Begin by placing the Dog Roses in the container, arranging them so that they are staggered; white and then pink, pink and pink and then white again, this sort of thing. Once they are placed, poke in the clusters of Queen Anne’s Lace, one in front, one in back and one on each side of the arrangement. Once this is done, you can begin placing the foilage.

Poke the one branch of Stevia into the center of the arrangement and turn the leaves until they lay naturally among the anemones. Add the branch of Lemon Leaves last, off to one side of the arrangement, at the lowest point, so that they sort of stick out. The entire thing should look disheveled and thrown together, hapazardly. Work at it until you have that effect.

Chysanthemum Garland

For this project you will need:

A thick wire hoop
30 or 40 yellow spray Chrysanthemums, dried or paper
12-15 Willow Leaves, dried or paper
Medium gauge Floral Wire

Method:

This should be made on a plain wire hoop and not on a wreath base. This is a garland that can be worn around the neck or hung on the wall. It can be made as a wreath if you like but if you use a wire wreath base you will not be able to wear it around the neck like a lei. It is pretty and very easy to make either way.

The number of flowers you will eventually use will be determined by the size of your hoop. An average hoop of 18″ would use about 60 dried flowers. Do not choose to use fresh flowers for this project, they will not last and they will fall apart. Using dried is fine but I would recommend paper flowers unless you are able to spray the dried ones with glycerin before using.

With that much said, the project is very easy. Start by wiring the Mums together in groups of two. Place each set across the wire hoop so one flower sits on each side of the hoop. Wire each set into the hoop tightly. Keep adding sets of two flowers like this, one after the other, closely together and wiring them in. Do this until the hoop is entirely covered with yellow Mums.

Once the Mums are in place, you can start wiring in the Willow Leaves. Again, I recommend dried or paper foilage. If you use dried leaves, then spray them with glycerin to keep them from falling apart. Wire a Willow Leaf into the hoop between every four flowers or set of two flowers as you go around. At the top and bottoms of the hoop, wire in 3 or 4 extra leaves. You can wire in extra flowers at the top and bottom of the hoop, on or among the leaves, if you like. This makes a lovely accent for pretty summer dresses and hats. If you choose to make one to wear on the head, measure your head first and start with a hoop that will fit.

Simple Cowslips in a Container

For this project you will need:

A large bunch of fresh yellow Cowslips
Glass Container or Vase, approx 6″ w x 8″ h
Peat Moss

Method:

The idea behind this arrangement is to give the visual effect of wild flowers springing up out of the ground. The container plays a minor role in this arrangement and should be nearly invisible when viewed. Start by filling your glass container or vase with peat moss. The container should measure around 6″ in width and 8″ in height. Fill it 3/4 of the way with the peat moss and then moisten the moss with a few ounces of fresh water.

This arrangement is the most beautiful if you can afford to purchase fresh yellow Cowslips from a nursery or florist. Buy a huge bunch of them, enough to fill the container completely. Cut one single Cowslip to 8″ and stand it in the center back. Cut five more Cowslips to 6″ and push them in to the arrangement, two on each side of the center Cowslip and one in front. Trim the last six Cowslips to 4″ and place one in the middle and one on each side. Group the last four Cowslips in the very front of the arrangement, close enough to the edge to drip over the front. They should drip over the arrangement enough to hide the container.

The arrangement looks especially nice with a “v” effect in the front. You can acheive this by placing the center Cowslip in the front at the lowest point and allowing it to fall forward. Step up a bit behind this center Cowslip and place the others on either side, turned outwards. The overall effect is of a burst of wild flowers growing out of the ground.

Summer Flower Swag

For this project you will need:

6 white Carnations, dried or fresh
10 yellow Freesia, dried or fresh
A large bunch of fresh Feverfew
Medium gauge Floral Wire
Yellow Satin Ribbon

Method:

The size of the swag will depend upon how much Feverfew you use. If you use too much, you can end up with an enormous swag that looks silly so be careful as you lay this out. Gather together the large bunch of Feverfew and wire it together at the stems, leaving about 2″ of length below the wire. Make sure it doesn’t bunch up into a roll and that the leaves are spread out a bit. The overall size should be no larger than about 8″ in width but is the nicest at around 6″.

Once you have the Feverfew wired together but spread out like a fan, lay it down on a table. Tuck a white Carnation into the bottom, tucking the stem into the wire. Once the first Carnation is placed, you then add 6 of the Freesia along the sides of the bunch, wiring them into the stems. Use additional wire if you need to. Tuck in the second Carnation in between these groups of Freesia. Wire this in, as well. You may have to trim stems as you go if they stick out beneath the stems that are already there.

At the next level, add in two Carnations, both on one side of the bunch. Wire them into the stems. Then add one bunch of Freesia along the other side, next to these flowers. At the final level, the top of the leaves, you will wire in one Carnation in the center and two bunches of Freesia along the outer side. At all times, work to acheive balance.

Once you have the flowers in place on top of the leaves and everything is wired in, then you should cut the yellow ribbon and tie it around the bottom. At the very bottom of the stems, push in the last Carnation and wire the stem into the others. This Carnation should face downwards below the ribbon. Hang the swag upside down anywhere you would like. It’s especially lovely on the front door.

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