a botanical life
The sunflower is one of the cheeriest, most summery flowers I can think of. What better flower to use, to celebrate the last days of summer? I’ve come up with 4 ways to use sunflowers in easy every-day arrangements. Give one a try and share your #septembersunflower design on Instagram or Facebook.
1. Simple: Three sunflowers in a small jar or vase make the perfect bathroom or bedside table accent.
Recipe: 3 sunflowers, 1 mason jar, twine or ribbon
2. Traditional Vase Bouquet
Recipe: 1 medium vase, clear floral tape (optional), 2 stems tall eucalyptus 5 sunflowers, 5 mum stems, 5 alstroemeria stems, 2 stems seeded eucalyptus
Aim to make a round dome shape as you add each element.
Tip: you can use a thin floral wire to have a little more control over the angle of your sunflower heads. Pierce the head from the bottom of the flower. It should go through the head, but not beyond, so there’s no visible wire showing on the face of the sunflower. Wrap the rest of the wire down the stem. Carefully adjust the angle of the flower head.
3. Sunny Bowl: A ceramic or wood bowl is just right for a single sunflower
Materials: small bowl, 1 sunflower
4. Creative Pitcher: Play with negative space and movement with a single sunflower and arching accent greens or flowers.
Recipe: pitcher, 1 sunflower, 3 roses or other secondary flower, 1-2 stems tall eucalyptus
or whatever you want to play with!