Learn how to create a fresh floral table runner and centerpiece with an eco-friendly tool, chicken wire. You’ll also find flower longevity tips and additional floral inspiration.
Happy Monday! It’s one of my favorite days of the month when I join my
Monday Morning Blooms’ friends to share some flower therapy!
You can find my flower friends’ links and blooming inspiration at the bottom of this post.
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Our common theme for this week’s edition of Monday Morning Blooms was ‘sunflowers’.
Sunflowers are sunshine on a stem!
They have a cheery sun-like appearance with their open faces
framed by yellow petals, also known as “rays”.
Sunflowers convey warmth and symbolize adoration, loyalty and longevity
and are the perfect flower for late summer and to transition to fall.
I started with some chicken wire to create a fresh flower table runner and centerpiece.
Chicken wire is an eco-friendly alternative to wet floral foam as it can be reused.
You can find chicken wire in small rolls at the craft store and larger rolls at the garden center.
I prefer white painted chicken wire as it’s rust resistant after repeated uses,
but galvanized chicken wire will work to help support the flowers in your arrangement.
For the base for my table runner, I used plastic storage containers sold in packs of two at Dollar Tree.
Cut your chicken wire a little longer and wider than your container using pliers,
bending the wire to fit inside the containers.
To keep the wire from from popping out of the containers and shifting while arranging the flowers
I used some waterproof floral tape to secure it to the container.
After the chicken wire is in place, arrange the containers down the center of your table,
placed end-to-end (no need to attach to one another).
Fill your containers with water and floral preservative and you’re ready to create your
blooming runner and centerpiece for the table!
Note: If using a shallow container you’ll want to check your water level daily and top it off as needed.
I started with some greenery I cut from the shrubs.
To use foliage from the garden in an arrangement, cut your greenery in the morning
when it’s fully hydrated and not stressed from the heat. As you would flowers,
cut your greenery at a 45 degree angle for maximum water uptake and
remove any leaves below the water line. Condition your greenery by placing it in a bucket of
water mixed with water and floral preservative and allow it soak for several hours, or preferably, overnight.
If you don’t have any floral preservative, you can make your own with this easy formula.
I began by placing the large sunflowers in first.
I used a combination of sunflowers with yellow centers and brown centers.
In addition to sunflowers and assorted garden foliage,
I used Hare’s Ear (Bupleurum), Goldenrod, Alstroemeria,
and seed pods from the Chaste Tree to add some interest and texture.
Fill in any holes in your arrangement with additional foliage after adding your flowers
so the chicken wire and edges of the containers are concealed.
Bees are naturally drawn to sunflowers!
Bees were buzzing on the sunflower salad plates and on the tablecloth,
and at the risk of *bee*ing repetitive, I couldn’t resist using my bee magnets
in this flower centerpiece this week!
The bee magnets are attached to a metal binder clip on top of a bamboo skewer,
to add a bit of bee ‘jewelry’ to the arrangement.
I gave the bees a 2-minute makeover,adding some silver highlights, HERE,
transforming them with Rub ‘n Buff.
Break your skewer off to the height desired and tuck them
in to buzz among the flowers in the arrangement.
More bee favorites buzzed over to the table . .
La Rochere Stemware is embossed and buzzing with bees. . .
As well as a favorite Napoleon Bee Flatware. . .
are available through Lidy, our flower friend’s shop!
Square Dinner Plates / Pfaltzgraff Country Cupboard
Square Chargers / World Market, several years ago
Bee Tablecloth / HomeGoods, several years ago
Bee Napkins / Crown Linen Designs, used here
Visit my blogging friends to see their beautiful floral inspiration this week:
Shirley at Housepitality Designs
Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse
Pam at Everyday Living
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