How to Use Aqua Crystals in Centerpieces

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How to Use Aqua Crystals in Centerpieces
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Make the base of your vase as attractive as the flower display with the use of aqua crystals in your centrepiece. Aqua crystals come in small, large, bead or marble-type form and are available for purchase in different colour ranges from clear to black. Aqua crystals replace free-standing water in a vase as the crystals absorb the water and retain it for plant use. Flower stems are safely encased in the soft jellylike crystals, giving them stability, yet not bruising the flower.

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Things you need

  • Vase
  • Flowers
  • Measuring spoon
  • Food colouring
  • Water

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    Estimate the amount of aqua crystals required for the display. Examine the type of crystals purchased and the base size of the vase. Realise that usually one heaping teaspoon of small aqua crystals is sufficient for a small vase. However, wide-based vases need more crystals than thin bud vases. Consider using the marble crystals or large crystal beads when making a large centrepiece or using large vases.

  2. 2

    Pick the colour of your aqua crystals. Look at the colours of the flowers for the centrepiece and the theme colours of the event. Determine if there is one colour you would like to accent more or that is not as prominent as you'd like. Buy the aqua crystals in the colour necessary, or buy food colouring so you can tint the crystals yourself.

  3. 3

    Tint the crystals to the design colour. Pour lukewarm water into the vase and fill it halfway. Pick the colour food dye you want and add two to four drops of dye to the water. Add more than two drops for a deep, richer colour or a large amount of water. Swirl the water around and mix the dye into the water until you see the colour you want.

  4. 4

    Hydrate the crystals. Measure one heaping teaspoon of aqua crystals to one cup of the warm water. Adjust the amount of crystals for thin, small vases or large ones. Larger crystals or marble ones may require more water than the usual one teaspoon to one cup ratio. Wait two hours for the crystals to plump up and absorb the water. Drain the excess water from the vase with a colander.

  5. 5

    Insert the flowers. Cut the stems of the flowers before you arrange them inside the vase. Choose the type of floral arrangement desired as you pick the flowers. Allow the taller flowers to be at the centre of your arrangement, while you decrease the height toward the sides. Add warm water to the vases to rehydrate the crystals if they dry out.

Tips and warnings

  • Adjust measurements based on vase size.

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