Floral arrangements add a touch of color to any home. Use cone-shaped arrangements to add a dramatic flair to mantles and tabletops. You can create stunning arrangements with a variety of fresh, silk or dried flowers and various bases and cones. Most supplies are readily available at craft and floral supply stores or from your own garden. The cone shape allows you to create orderly, symmetrical arrangements or free-flowing designs.
Things You'll Need
- Floral foam, cone-shaped
- Flowers, assorted sizes and types
- Greenery stems and leaves
- Hot glue
- Wire cutter
- Floral shears
- Floral pins
- Floral tape
- Floral picks
- Floral putty
Select a base for your arrangement, such as a candlestick or floral urn. The cone shape should be approximately twice the height of the container. You can also purchase preformed cone topiaries at craft stores to elevate your cone design.
Affix the floral foam cone to the base container using hot glue or floral putty. If you are using fresh flowers, choose a cone that is specific for fresh arrangements and soak the form in water before you fasten it to the container.
Cover the base of topiary shapes and open areas between the cone and container for non-topiaries with moss. Use floral pins to secure the moss in place.
Insert the largest flower blossoms into the foam. You can create an orderly arrangement by placing the blossoms symmetrically around the foam or a free-flowing design by scattering the flowers randomly. If any of the blossoms have weak stems, wire a floral pick to the stem and cover the wire with green floral tape before you insert it into the cone. Position the largest blossoms closer to the bottom to keep the scale appropriate. Trim the stems as necessary with wire cutters or floral shears.
Place the smaller flowers around the large blossoms, filling out the arrangement. You can hot-glue silk and dried flowers to the cone shape rather than inserting the stems into the foam as well.
Fill open spaces with greenery, berries or tiny filler flowers to complete the arrangement.
Tips & Warnings
- You can use any combination of flowers, greenery and berries that you like. You can also create single-blossom arrangements with different sizes of one type of flower, if desired.
- Create formal cone arrangements by placing flowers and berries in horizontal rows around the cone. Begin with the largest flowers at the base and smaller items toward the top.
- Choose nontraditional items for your cone-shaped arrangements, such as lemons and limes for a kitchen design.
- Floral foam for fresh flowers is different from the foam for silk and dried flowers. Take care to choose the appropriate type for your project.
- Creative Floral Arranging; Creative Publishing international, Ltd; 1997
- Flower Arranging; Fiona Barnett and Roger Egerickx; 1995
- Country Living: Pinecone Tree
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