Looking to pick up a new hobby or learn a new skill during quarantine? I'll be doing a few How to Blog Post once I get some flowers for centerpieces, bouquets, etc.
So I thought I'd share some of my favorite tools and supplies that you can purchase on Amazon to get you started.
First off you'll need some...
Clippers! These are my go to, they're not fancy by any means, but they get the job done and I don't have to worry about how many pairs I lose (at least one per wedding, lol.) and can quickly replace them with Amazon Prime.
Whether I'm making a bouquet or centerpiece this tape is needed! I use 1/4" waterproof tape. Waterproof is key!
When it comes to making Centerpieces there a few different routes you can go in terms of your mechanics. You can use just a Pin Frog, a Pin Frog and Chicken Wire, just Chicken Wire, or just a Floral Pillow. I tend to use both a Pin Frog and Chicken Wire for my arrangements. I find it gives the flowers more stability while arranging and transporting. I'll be sure to show you how to set that all up in one of my next blogs!
You can grab any kind of chicken wire from Home Depot or Lowes, it doesn't have to be floral netting, but those usually don't come in small rolls. I've included this one from Amazon because it's a smaller roller if you're only planning to make a few arrangements. Just be sure you have wire cutters and gloves on hand or to grab some as well.
If you don't want to mess with chicken wire or plan on making the arrangement just for yourself, these reusable floral cages are great. The 2 packs come in various sizes (4in, 6in, 8in, 10.5in, etc) so be sure to measure the vessel you'll be using the most.
I use Floral Putty (listed below) to affix this to the bottom of my vessels. You then can gently place the flowers right in to it and not worry about it sliding around. Again these come in many different sizes so pick the one that fits best with the vessel you plan on using most.
A flower stripper is used to strip your florals of leaves and thorns. There are more heavy duty strippers, but I find they tend to break the stems if not use correctly and are much more expensive. These work great and are cute! Mainly I use them when processing roses.
And this last one is just for fun. I received this Flower Press for Christmas and have basically been pressing every and anything from the garden these days. Unlike pressing flowers in a book, by using the microwave most flowers retain their color and don't turn brown. So if you're looking for a fun craft for yourself or to do with your kids I highly recommend this!
Stay tuned for my next How To's....