How to Make Floral Arrangements Sit Atop a Cylinder

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Cylinders are natural shapes to use when propping up flowers.

Cylinders help decorators create tall floral focal points. Flowers placed on top of the cylinder must somehow be balanced. This can be accomplished by placing an oval bowl on top of the cylinder, which hides the floral foam that holds the flowers in place.

Things You'll Need

  • Flowers
  • Bowl
  • Floral foam
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    • 1

      Find an oval bowl matching the cylinder. Make sure the bowl has a flat bottom so it can easily glue to the cylinder.

    • 2

      Apply an adhesive to the top of the cylinder. Place the bowl on top before it dries. The best adhesive to use depends on the material the object is made of. Drying time varies depending on the type of adhesive you use.

    • 3

      Fill the bowl with floral foam to hold the flowers in place. Cut off the foam to fit in the bowl and soak with water.

    • 4

      Cut the flower stems and insert them about ¾ inch deep into the foam.

    • 5

      Place light-colored flowers and foliage on the outer edges of the arrangement to frame it. Place the largest or brightest flowers in the focal area of the arrangement, the area where you think people are most likely to look. Fill in empty spaces with filler flowers.

    • 6

      Use hot glue to affix an anchor pin to the bottom of the bowl. Press the floral foam into the pins on the foam anchor to hold the foam into place.

Tips & Warnings

  • Tall flowers will not stand up in a shallow bowl, so use smaller flowers instead.

  • Wrap tape or wire around the flowers and attach the wire to the floral foam to hold the flowers up. Stick the other end of the wire into the calyx. Cover the wiring with green tape to hide it, making the arrangement look more natural.

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