What's brewing this spring? Consider a creative floral arrangement that pairs petite petals from your garden or a flower shop with an attractive teacup to create something totally fresh and unexpected. Whether for a bridal shower, a sweet gift or simply as an adorable accent for a bedside table, these small-scale arrangements brim with colour and personality.
Purchase a few pieces of distinctive china (both cups and saucers) from a local thrift store or use an existing teacup. Opt for pieces with bright colours and patterns that will really accentuate your floral arrangement. Make sure the pieces are intact. Steer clear of chips or cracks.
Place a small dab of hot glue in the centre of your cup and place a metal or foam floral frog onto the glue and wait until it's dry. Your best bet for this small scale project is a 2-inch diameter sphere of absorbent foam or a 2-by-3-inch pin-frog.
Place a small amount of water in the bottom of the teacup after you've secured the floral frog or foam. You don't have to fill it to the top; just put enough water to keep your flowers looking fresh.
Remove any foliage that will fall below the water line in the teacup from each flower. Using a sharp knife, carefully trim the bottoms of each flower; make the cut at an angle. Immediately place each flower stem into a bowl of tepid water.
Place the flower stems into the pin frog to keep them upright. If you're using foam, make sure the bottom of the stems stay in contact with it.
Use as many flowers as necessary to create a tight cluster, but don't go overboard. Instead, keep things simple and monochromatic. By adhering to a single colour/flower scheme, you create a focal point. Consider using small bright blossoms like yellow freesia, roses, tulips or delphiniums.
Dig up a small cluster of flowering bulbs from your yard or garden. If you don't happen to have any flowers on hand, simply buy a few bright bulbs (yellows, pinks or reds) from your local garden centre.
This arrangement looks best in traditional blue and white china and pottery.
Transplant the buds into your teacup carefully. Try not to disturb the delicate root structure. Most bulbs prefer moderate moisture, so you will need to water occasionally.
Fill the top of the soil with Irish moss. Once the blossoms fade, replant the bulbs in your garden.
To add depth to your arrangement, punctuate the cluster of flowers with greenery. Martha Stewart suggests recycling greens that were used outdoors or cutting fresh branches from your garden. To create a big visual impact, group a few of these small arrangements in a cluster.