Ideas to Place Fiber Optics in Floral Arrangements

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Ideas to Place Fiber Optics in Floral Arrangements
Use fibre optics sparingly in your floral arrangements. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Fibre optics come in a vast array of shapes, styles and colours, making them an ideal choice to add light to floral arrangements. Whether your floral arrangements are low or high, you will find fibre optic options for both. Incorporate fibre optics into arrangements for dinner parties, weddings and outdoor events to provide additional mood lighting and illumination for the flowers.

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Fibre Optic Branches

Pair fibre optic branches with real branches in a woodsy arrangement. Start the arrangement with your branches, anchor them into the vase using beach rocks or pebbles. Weave the fibre optic branches around the real branches as tight as you can get them. Next, begin layering woodland flowers and sprays into the arrangement. Heather, thistle and wax flower combined with roses and ranunculus will make a stunning display of flowers lit elegantly with fibre optics. Another option is to choose the fibre optic willow branches which have larger lights and can be used in arrangements with less flowers.

Fibre Optic Base

For a contemporary floral arrangement with fibre optics, begin with a low, clear square vase. Arrange flowers in a tight pavé style (flat and placed close together like a carpet of flowers) with an edging of greenery. Large headed flowers like roses, lisianthus and peonies work well for this style of arrangement. Place the finished arrangement on a fibre optic base. The arrangement will glow with the fibre optic colour of your choice. Remember to clean your stems well to ensure the water is clear and debris-free, as it is the water that will be illuminated.

Fibre Optic Butterflies

Enhance low table arrangements with fibre optic butterflies. Colourful arrangements containing Gerber daisies, green button chrysanthemums and colourful lilies (callas or tiger lilies) will provide a multicoloured backdrop for the butterflies. Another option is to add fibre optic butterflies to a monochromatic arrangement in all white. The colourful butterflies will provide a dramatic pop of colour to the muted white arrangement. For an inexpensive arrangement, use single stems of orchids and add a solitary fibre optic butterfly to the orchid. Fibre optic butterflies come in a range of colours.

Other Ideas

Look for submersible fibre optic pieces to enhance floral arrangements for a wedding reception. Another option is to decorate the outside of the vase with fibre optic ice cubes or marbles. Or, use fibre optic strings of flower shaped lights. Weave the strings through the arrangement or around the base of the vase. The floral light strands come in a range of colours -- red, pink, yellow and lavender -- and can be used sparingly to light up arrangements.

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