The Easter lily is now used more to decorate churches for Easter services. But, many people do not realize how the Easter lily brings the feeling of rebirth into your indoor space. The Easter lily fills a room with fragrant aroma.
When choosing an Easter lily, there are many factors to consider. Look for a plant that has dark green leaves, not yellowing. Dark green is a sign of a healthy plant. Look for a plant with various stages of blooms. You want a plant with one bloom fully open, and other buds that look like they are about to burst. Look for plants with an abundance of blooms, but not enough to make the plant fall over.
There are many tricks to make your Easter lily last longer. The Easter lily likes moist soil, but not wet soil. Check the soil often and limit the amount of water you give the plant. Place the plant in a container that drains well. This may be a larger planter or just place the uncovered pot in a saucer. Place the plant in bright indirect sunlight. The Easter lily likes cooler temperatures.
Enjoy your plant until all blooms have wilted. You can also plant your Easter lily outdoors. The plant may bloom a second time in the Fall, but usually won’t bloom until the following June or July.
I want to share one technique for making a Baby Breath’s Halo. This can be used for First Communion, Flower Girls, or Easter and May Celebrations.
The Baby’s Breath Halo should be big enough to firmly rest on the head without falling off. There are many ways of placing the Halo- low near the eyes or to the back of the head. The placement of the Baby’s Breath Halo will determine the length of wire needed for the Halo.
I begin this Baby’s Breath Halo by wrapping a 18” long piece of #22 florist wire with light green floral wrap tape. This is the base for a 4 year old girl. Set this aside.
Take a stem of Baby’ Breath. Pinch or cut a cluster of blooms from the stem. Bunch the cluster to form one bunch. This cluster is only about 3” in size.
Beginning just below the blooms, wrap the floral wrap tape to the bottom of the stem of the cluster. Cut the bottom of the cluster to insure that the stem is smooth. Continue this process until at least three stems have been changed into small clusters.
Take the piece of wire and place a single cluster of the wrapped stem at the top of the wire. Wrap another piece of floral wrap tape around the stem adhering it to the wire. Place another cluster of blooms about ½” below the previous cluster and continue to wrap the wire with floral wrap tape. Continue this process until the Baby’s Breath clusters cover the wire except for 1”.
Create the Halo by taking the end of the wire, not covered by blooms, and connecting it to the top of the wire. Guide the wire over the wire that is covered with blooms. Pinch the ends of the floral wrapped wire tightly together. Clear a space from the blooms to allow you to wrap a small piece of floral wrap tape around the wires to secure them.
I usually use two different colors of ribbon for the bow and ribbon through the Halo. Take 1 piece of ribbon and tie a knot on the wire of the Halo. I tie the knot over where I have secured the Halo with the floral wrap tape. Loosely weave the ribbon around the Halo. Tie the end of the ribbon close to the beginning of the ribbons. Repeat this process with the other piece of ribbon going in the opposite direction to create a crisscross design.
Make a small bow using both colors of ribbon. Be sure to add an abundant amount of streamers. Secure the bow using a short piece of floral wrapped wire. Secure the bow to the Halo over the area you tied the knots.
As small girls, maybe 4 or 5 years old, Mother made us “Easter Bunny” corsages out of carnations. I’d like to share it with you.
You will need:
Cut the carnation underwater, and place in a vase filled with floral preservative. Allow the carnation to drink water overnight.
To start the corsage, the carnation needs to be wired. Cut the carnation at the top of the stem. Cut 2 pieces of the wire about 8” long each. Place one end of the wire through the base of the carnation. Place the end of another piece of wire through the other side of the base. When you look at the bottom of the carnation, the wire should look like a cross. Fold the ends of the wires over the bottom of the carnation.
Starting at just under the petals at the top of the bloom, tape the wire using the floral wrap tape. I like using light green floral wrap on corsages because it reminds me of the stem of the flowers. Wind the tape down the wires to the end. Bend the wire just under the bloom to make the bloom face toward the front.
Create “Bunny Ears” by folding about 7” of 2 chenille stems in half. Twist the bottom of each fold about 1 inch. Place one “ear” to the left of the back of the carnation and tape to the carnation using floral wrap. Place the other “ear” to the right of the back of the carnation and tape it to the carnation using floral wrap. Cur the wire to about 1 1/2” below the bloom.
Make a small bow using the #3 ribbon with colors of your choice. I used Mint Green ribbon. Carefully using hot glue, place a small amount to the back of a “wiggly eye”. Place an eye below “ear”. Cut 3 broom bristles. Place a small dot of glue between the 2 eyes. Place 2 bristles in a diagonal cross pattern and a single bristle through the center. Make a small circle of pink chenille stem. Glue this circle to the center of the “Bunny Whiskers”. Trim the “whiskers”. Place on garment using corsage pins.
The large “Arrange It!” box contains a larger “Flower Girl” Basket. The liner measures about 6 ½ “. I would use this basket as a table centerpiece. In my opinion, it is too large to carry, but is a traditional Easter Basket look. I will fix one arrangement with an Easter motif.
The Oasis Floral Foam Brick will fix about 2 arrangements for this basket. Cut the brick in half and soak it in a container of warm water. Soaking make take overnight. As with the small basket, remove the liner and place the Oasis in the liner. It should rise above the liner about 1”. Using the waterproof floral tape in the “Arrange It!” box, lightly tape the Oasis to the liner. Replace the liner in the basket.
One design for the large “Arrange It!” basket is a Easter motif, as shone above. I selected a mixed bouquet from the flower selection that was shades of purple and white. To this a choose to add a single pack of yellow daisy pom-poms. The selection of purple flowers were preselected in this mixed bouquet. This included only one bloom from different varieties. I used the color as a single flower selection. I used the stock as the tall flower, and completed the pattern using the single carnation, Fugi Mum and Alstromerias. I used the yellow daisy pom-poms close to the Oasis and brim of the basket to give the arrangement visual depth. I choose not to use a bow for this selection.
These are just a few ideas to experiment with the “Arrange It!” box available through Techniques4Flowers.com.
Next week I have recreated Mother’s "Little Girls Easter Bunny Corsage"!