Bright Sunflower and Roses Enhance the Veiled Black Hat!
Bright Yellow Roses and Sunflowers boost this simple veiled black hat. The sunflower anchors the design. Roses follow the brim and appear at the front, under the brim. Leaves and polka-dot tulle complete the design.
You Will Need:
Tulle or Ribbon
#26 Florist Wire
Floral Wrap Tape
I began decorating the hat by creating small “corsages” to be attached to the hat. I wired the blooms for the underside of the brim. This consisted of a small “rosebud”, created by rolling petals together and wrapping the base with #26 wire, then wrapping the wire with floral wrap tape to create a stem. I wired a small rose bloom. Create loops and a small streamer out of the tulle. I took a leaf and arranged the small “rosebud” at the top. Add the tulle streamer, followed by the small rose and tulle loops. Wrap with floral wrap tape. Cut the ends of the wire and finish the end with floral wrap tape. Set aside.
Create the arrangement on the top of the brim using the same corsage technique. I wire the desired blooms first and stand them in a vase. For this hat, I wired a single sunflower bloom, three rose blooms and four leaves. I then make four large loops of tulle and two smaller streamers.
Place a leaf behind 2 single rose blooms, secure with floral wrap tape. I began by placing a rose bloom at the top of the sunflower, secure them with floral wrap tape. Place another rose bloom at the opposite side of the sunflower. Place loops of tulle around the roses and sunflower to create a bow, secure with floral wrap tape. Place a single leaf at the top of the sunflower, between the rose. Secure with floral wrap tape. Cut the ends of the wires, finish the ends with floral wrap tape.
To assemble, sew the arrangements to the hat using the fishing line threaded through the sewing needle. I began by sewing the small “corsage” on the underside of the brim. Place this near the side of the face. Secure and tie off the line. Place the larger “corsage” on the top of the brim, placing the leaf at the center of the sunflower, at the top of the hat. Allow the top arrangement to merge with the lower flowers, so that they look like a complete unit. Secure using the fishing line. Make sure that the flowers are secured tightly to the hat, so the flowers do not move while the hat is worn.
When designing your own hat, remember to have a larger flower bloom as the focal point. Build other blooms around the focal flower. There are many springtime flowers that look wonderful on hats. Enjoy!
Hats are the Tradition of the Kentucky Derby! Decorate with Fresh Flowers.
Set the tone at Derby Parties this year with a fascinator. I created a hairpiece of yellow Roses, Lily Buds, and Baby’s Breath. Fresh leaves are taped, wired, and looped to create a bow. The hairpiece is attached to a satin covered headband with fishing line.
You Will Need:
(with a large eye)
(I used 91m,10#)
Selection of Fresh Flowers
Floral Wrap Tape
Wire - # 26 and #22
Waterproof Floral Tape
I began this fascinator by preparing the headband. Take the fishing line and thread the end of the line through the needle. Do not cut the line from the roll. On the inside of the headband, catch a piece of the satin and make a stitch. Make a second stitch and create a knot to secure the fishing line to the headband. Remove the needle from the fishing line. Cut excess from the knot. Do not cut the fishing line from the roll. Set the roll of fishing line, attached to the headband, aside.
I use light green floral wrap tape, and wire the blooms. Use #26 wire for the fresh blooms. Chose the largest bloom to center the hairpiece. I used a large rose bloom. (Wire the rose the same as the carnation in the Bunny Corsage Post of March 15, 2018.) I wired yellow lily buds in various stages to compliment the rose. I also created rose buds by rolling rose petals with the floral wrap tape and wrapping with #26 wire then floral wrap tape. Set aside.
Create the bow loops by taking a leaf and attach a piece of #22 wire to the back of the leaf using waterproof tape. Fold the wire in half and secure the ends with #26 wire. Wrap the wire with floral wrap tape. I made 5 loops for the bow. Wire 2 pieces of straight leaves with #26 wire, wrap with floral wrap tape. Set aside.
Assemble the hairpiece beginning at one end. I start by taking a straight piece of leaf and placing a rose bud on the center. Surround with a cluster of Baby’s Breath. Add a lily bud, surround with more Baby’s Breath. Aline with rosebud and leaf. Add more Baby’s Breath. Place a loop for the bow with the lily bud. Surround the large Rose bloom with Baby’s Breath, wrap with floral wrap tape. Add a loop for the bow, to the top of the rose bloom, wrap with floral wrap tape. Add another loop for the bow, to the center of the rose bloom. Cut the ends of the wire and wrap with floral wrap tape. Set aside.
Repeat the beginning with the other piece of straight leaf. Place a rosebud, surround with Baby’s Breath. Add a lily bud, surround with Baby’s Breath. Add a bow loop next to the lily bud, surround with Baby’s Breath. Add more clusters of Baby’s Breath to this end. Twist the end of the last bow loop, so that it lays to the bottom of the Baby’s Breath cluster. Wrap with floral wrap tape. Cut the ends of the wire and wrap with floral wrap tape.
Place the end of the assembly of the leaves and buds behind the assembly with the rose bloom. Use a piece of #26 wire to tightly secure the two pieces together. Mold the hairpiece so that it follows the form of the headband.
Place the headband under the hairpiece. Holding the roll of fishing line, wrap the line around the hairpiece and headband, beginning at the stitch. Continue until reaching the other of the headband. At the end of the headband, pull excess line from the roll. Cut fishing line, thread the end through the needle. Make a stitch in the satin on the inside of the head band, making sure that headband is held tightly to the headband. After several small stitches, create a knot. Cut the excess fishing line from the knot.
For best results, create your design the day before. Mist the hairpiece with water and place on a bed of Easter Grass. Insert into a plastic bag and blow the bag like a balloon. Secure the bag to make it air tight. (I fold the bag and staple the fold.) Place the bag in a cooler overnight. Do Not allow it to freeze. Enjoy!!
Cleaning the blooms of the Easter Lily allows them to last longer !!
The Easter Lily heralds the Holiday with beauty and fragrance! The aroma of the Easter Lily just brings Spring indoors. Make the enjoyment last longer by cleaning the pollen from the lily blooms as they begin to open.
You Will Need:
Easter Lily Plant
Plastic Lined Basket
6” Wood Pick
Floral Wrap Tape
Chose an Easter Lily plant. Select a plastic lined basket to fit the pot. Allow about ½” to 1” gap around the pot. Place the plant in to the basket. Attach the bow to the 6” wooden pick and secure the bow with the floral wrap tape. Place the bow in the soil of the pot at the center of the plant. Allow the bow to hang over the basket rim. Carefully add water to the soil of the plant. Do not allow the water to puddle in the basket.
Cleaning the blooms of the Easter Lily will allow the blooms to last longer. This is accomplished by removing the pollen from the stamen of the bloom. Try to remove the pollen as soon as you see the stamen on a bloom just beginning to open. The pollen will stain more if allowed to remain on the stamen. When the bloom first pops open, the pollen is almost colorless and moist. It is easiest to remove the pollen at this stage. As the bloom matures, the pollen dries, turns yellow, and turns to powder. This powder stains. Remove the pollen early.
For a video of Cleaning Easter Lilies, refer to our post of March 29,2018.
Welcome Spring with a colorful basket of mixed blooms!
After processing and chilling your selection of flowers, create a colorful arrangement in a basket. Remember to place your finished creation in a cool, indirect lit location.
You will need:
Bouquet of Mixed Spring Flowers
Liner to Fit Basket
Waterproof Floral Tape
Bottle of Chilled Water
Begin your arrangement by preparing the basket. Find a liner that sits flatly in the basket. Try not to have too much space between the liner and the basket, or too snug. Try not to destroy the liner if it needs to be removed.
Cut a piece of floral foam to fit the liner. Soak the foam until saturated. This may take overnight, depending on the type of foam used. After soaking the foam, place it in the liner and secure o the liner with pieces of waterproof floral tape. Place the liner in the basket.
When using a basket with a handle, place a bloom taller than the handle. Then place blooms at the bottom, near the rim, at each end of the basket. I usually use the same flower or same color for these blooms. In this arrangement, I used blooms in purple, pink, and yellow. Remember to stagger the blooms and not have them touch each other. This allows the flowers in the arrangement to last longer.
After finishing your arrangement, fill the liner with chilled water. This continues the process of conserving the flowers. Be sure to allow the bottom of the basket to dry before placing on furniture.