Floral Arranging in Glass Containers 101

Even though the blooms have all faded in our gardens and winter is near, we can still draw inspiration from flowers.  I don’t know about you but there is something about beautiful colorful flowers that just warms my heart and makes me smile; no matter how cold and dreary the weather is outside.   I went to a workshop last night called “Flowers in Clear Glass Containers”.  And even though it is January and we still don’t have any snow in New England, the stores are stocked with plenty of wonderful flower choices that will add color, texture and brighten up any room.

Here are some helpful hints:


Joyce Chen Scissors– they are expensive but worth the investment {$25.95}

Florian hand pruners

Ratchet clippers

Wire cutters

Household scissors

Clear and green floral tape

Assorted wires: floral, decorative metal in colors, pipe cleaners, flock wire

Assorted stones, rocks, sea glass, sand

Oasis green and colors {put oasis in water, let float  and let submerge on its own, never submerge oasis with your hand to speed up the process you may get numberous air pockets}.

large round bowl filled with warm water– all plant material should be cut under water

lazy susan

[Note: never cross use your cutters i.e. don’t use your Joyce Chen Scissors to cut wire or ribbon it will dull the blade.}

Conditioning the flowers

This is one of the key components to the longevity of the flowers and foliage.  It is important to condition the flowers in warm water and cut floral food {Floralife Crystal Clear Flower Food} for at least 2-3 hours preferably over night and place in a cool spot. Remove all of the leaves on the stems.   You can also use a home remedy: for every quart of water, add two aspirin, a teaspoon of sugar, and a few drops of bleach (to reduce bacteria). One of the most common causes of wilting in cut flowers and foliage is the presence of an air lock in the stem, which is why conditioning is a vital part of the prep.

Arranging in various glass containers

Roses-In this arrangement  a yellow colored oasis was used  to help camiflouge any gaps within the  lemon slices.  The oasis was raised about 1 inch higher than the 5 inch square container to add height to the center of the arrangement.  The lemon slices were gently pushed down each side often times using a small dowel or carnaition stem.  Peel away one row of the outer layer of rose petals and remove all thorns, and strip any remaining leaves.

Plant Material: roses {yellow and cream}, seeded eucalyptus, variegated pittosporum, hypericum berries

Orchids-By just using a single stem with lots of blooms and a bunch of bear grass and a tall cylinder it can make quite a statement.


Amaryllis-2 key tricks….make a fresh cut at the bottom of the stem and plug with a cotton ball, it absorbs lots of water.  Since the stem is hollow, you can cut the stem lengthwise and put the double bulb in a tall vase with lots of water and the strips will start to curl and create a free flowing design.  A wonderful holiday trick.


CallaLily-What florist call the”One night stand”?  CallaLilies have a limited lifespan and generally only look their best for one day.  A unique feature is that you can stretch and bend the stem with just the warmth of your hand.  Since these flowers are show stoppers you don’t need a lot and can feature them in unusual containers.  This container had minimal water for just the stem and the flowers formed the outer edge of the round fish bowl.  Each bowl contained 2 flowers and than were stacked to make a center piece tower.

Agapanthus-A tall wonderful delicate flower which makes a powerful statement.  Six stems were combined with blue decorative wire two-thirds from the top and placed in a 4 inch cube container.  That container was inserted into a 6 inch container and surrounded with sea glass and seeded eucalyptus was added.

What tricks do you have and enjoy flowers all year long?

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