Spotted by the Narwhal April 2014 | BERLIN, GERMANY
Simple and modern DIY floral arrangements add a touch of springtime to every room
Spring is in full bloom this month in Berlin, Germany! And what better way is there to enjoy springtime than by surrounding yourself with fresh spring flowers? Follow this simple DIY for easy spring flower arrangements, and bring a touch of springtime inside your home. Stop by the supermarket for some inexpensive tulips or daisies. The rest of the supplies you should already have at home!
[A Note from the Narwhal: This post is called “Blumen Room” because ‘Blumen’ is German for ‘flowers’]
DIY: 5 steps to easy spring flowers in a jelly jar
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Flowers, sharp scissors or pruning shears, rubber band, & a jelly jar or vase
Prep your flowers by gently ridding your blooms of floppy petals and removing extraneous leaves.
With sharp scissors or bypass pruners, trim away the extra lengths of stem. At this point, you can simply eyeball the height you’ll need for the jar or vase you plan to use. For now, trim the stems to about twice the height of the jar. We’ll do a final trim in step 4.
One by one, assemble the flowers into a bouquet in your hand. Hold your arrangement about 1/5 of the way down the stem. If you’re using a small jelly jar and going for the look we have here, the blooms should be touching. When you’re satisfied with your arrangement, gently secure it with a rubber band about 2″ from the base of the blooms. A light green or clear rubber band will likely work best, but a natural tan band will work fine, too.
Hold up your arrangement next to your jar or vase. You’ll want at least 4/5 of the stem at or below the height of the jar. Determine if any additional trimming is necessary, and do a final snip of your stems so that the arrangement will lay nicely, level in the jar.
Adjust your rubber band so that it will rest behind the top portion of the jar where the lid would screw on. (The rubber band on the arrangement shown is about 1.5″ below the base of the flowers, about 1/5 of the way down the stem.) Fill your jelly jar or vase with water. Add flower food to extend the life of your arrangement. Place your bouquet in the water, and replace the water in your lovely spring arrangement daily.
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More Floral Inspiration from the Narwhal
Eine blume hat eine blüte und zwei blätter | A flower has a bloom and two leaves
This design is a Narwhal original, inspired by the first German sentence the Narwhal learned to say: “Eine Blume hat eine Blüte und zwei Blätter.” Purchase a print, stretched canvas, throw pillow, wall clock or shower curtain on Society6.