Introduction To Flower Arranging - The Table Wreath
The table wreath lends itself to many decorating applications for any holiday, special event, or everyday decor. The center of the wreath showcases a candlestick arrangement, a pillar candle, a pedestal for food or desert presentation, condiments, a candy dish, or fruits, vegetables.
Florist shops don't carry table wreaths because of cooler space. They will special order or create one for you with a hefty price tag. Making one yourself is not only frugal but easy and rewarding. The table wreath is another way to show off your garden flowers or arrange bouquets given to you or purchased at the florist shop.
Introduction To Flower Arranging covered the basic tools and care of cut flowers and greens. Making a table wreath will take you to the next step beyond Introduction To Flower Arranging - The Table Centerpiece.
The most readily available and easiest to use vessel for a table wreath is the tube pan or bundt pan from the kitchen. A tube pan for jello or rice mold is generally shorter and less decorative than a bundt pan. These vessels can be picked up at yard sales and thrift stores if you need to make wreaths for several tables.
You will need:
- oasis foam block or circle
- sharp knife or garden clippers
- an assortment of greens
- an assortment of flowers
- accents such as baby's breath, berry clusters
Cut foam in pieces to fill your vessel. A circle foam may not fit whole but cutting into pieces retains enough shape to easily fit it in. Insert foam wedges to keep foam tight so it will not float. Foam is optional. Fill vessel with water and allow the foam to become saturated for several minutes. Add more water as needed.
Starting with greens, cut at least a half inch off ends and strip foliage below water line. Insert at an angle around outside edge of tube vessel turning as you go. Longer pieces will drape over edge to hide vessel. As you continue to fill in, greens should be cut shorter. Check the symmetry of your work from the top and all sides. When you are pleased with the shape, it is time to start adding flowers.
Again, cut at least a half inch from the bottoms of flower stems. Insert into foam or between greens in a symmetrical pattern. Large flowers go in one at a time, small flowers should be grouped together 3 or 5 at a time. Use the buds too. Check your wreath from the top and all sides. When you are pleased, add fillers like sprigs of baby's breath, berry clusters, small branch of crabapples. Your wreath is done.
Once you master the basic steps of arranging the table wreath, you can really get creative. Try layering your completed vessel on top of an evergreen wreath. For a birthday party, decorate your wreath with small toys and balls. Add a round basket or bowl to center to hold rolled napkins. In lieu of greens, you might try using just large blossoms like hydrangeas or peonies. Incorporate holiday items like lollipops, gourds, apples, grapes, curly ribbons, ornaments, glitter. Have fun with your table wreath.