Think outside the vase and find the steps to create a flower arrangement using a decorative bird cage.
How to Make a Flower Arrangement Using A Decorative Bird Cage
I had a blogging challenge to create a flower arrangement from an inspiration photo. I loved this idea of using a decorative bird cage or wire cloche and pedestal for a flower centerpiece for the table.
I found this Decorative Bird Cage on Amazon. I loved the bird finial and how versatile it is, as it can be used as a candleholder or to hold a small potted plant.
My inspiration photo with the bird cage arrangement used a vase for the flowers under the wire cloche, but as I didn’t have the right size vase, I decided to use some wet floral foam to arrange my flowers instead.
I soaked the floral foam in water mixed with floral preservative (the packets that come with your flowers from the grocery store) to prolong the life of the flowers in the arrangement. If you don't have any floral preservative you can use plain tap water.
Note: When using wet floral foam, use the “float soak” method and place the floral foam brick on top of the water mixture. Let the floral foam gradually absorb the water until it’s fully saturated. Plunging the floral foam in the water traps air bubbles and will prohibit the transfer of water from the foam to the flower stems.
I placed the wet floral foam on top of a plastic plate to protect the surface of the pedestal. Note: My wet floral foam was round but you can trim a rectangular piece of floral foam down to size to create your arrangement.
I started with some boxwood clippings from the shrubs to add some greenery to the arrangement. If you’re using greenery or flowers cut from your garden or yard, cut them in the early morning while they are hydrated and not heat-stressed and condition them in water mixed with floral food/preservative for several hours up to overnight before using them in your arrangement.
I used a few snowball viburnum blooms from the garden, along with a bundle of spring flowers from the grocery store for the arrangement. . . tulips, iris, hyacinths and a bundle of Charmelia. Sprigs of abelia cut from the shrubs add a pop of variegated yellow-green.
After the arrangement was completed, I sprayed it with Crowning Glory, an anti-transpirant that seals in moisture and prolongs the life of your flowers. It dries to a clear finish with no residue and is safe to use on all flower types. It’s a game changer when it comes to prolonging the life of your flower arrangement.
Here is the finished arrangement. To prolong the life of your flowers, keep them away from direct sunlight or heat sources, such as vent blowing. Click the "go" button below if you'd like to see the centerpiece at my table and find additional floral inspiration from my blogging friends!
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Mary Ellen on May 13, 2021
This is gorgeous!! I love the way the bird appears to be perched among the flowers. The blooms & leaves you chose are just smashing together. And I love yours way more than your inspiration piece. Thanks!