DIY – Coat Hanger Wreath

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You will need: wire coat hanger, floral tape, white spray paint, ribbon, scissors

  1. Shape the bottom part of your coat hanger into a circle. Spray paint it white outdoors or in a very well-ventilated area. Paint one side and let it dry, before flipping over and painting the other side.
  2. After the paint is completely dry you are ready to add the flowers. Make a very small bouquet using a few flowers in varying sizes, then add a couple sprigs of greenery. Trim stems to a similar size, leaving about an inch of stems. Wrap all the stems together with floral tape.
  3. Using floral tape, wrap the bouquet to the hanger. In this example we went with the bottom left of the circle. If you like, you can fill the whole circle or add flowers only to the bottom center with delicate ribbons hanging down for a sweet finishing touch.
  4. Continue making little bouquets and overlap them to cover the wrapped stems of the previous bouquet. Attach each bouquet to the hanger using floral tape. For the last bouquet flip the direction in order to finish off the end of the flower display and cover any wrapped stems.
  5. If you spot gaps, collect a few buds. Push fine wire through the base of your buds, twist the wire, and attach the buds to the hanger.

Find more ways to decorate with flowers:

Decorate with Flowers by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring

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DIY – Coat Hanger Wreath

DIY – Market Arrangement

MarketArrangement

No matter what time of year, there is always a flower, herb, vegetable, or fruit that can inspire you to make a fun “garden-to-table” arrangement. Choose a simple vessel such as an empty tin can with a cool label, a mason jar, or a vintage vase from your own collection, and go to town clipping in your yard! Build the arrangement with a sturdy base using a variety of greenery and herbs, nestle in a few choice blooms that pack a visual punch, and then layer in some fruit for textural interest. For example, we’ve used grapes, dahlias, mint, lemon verbena, feverfew, jujubes, yarrow, zinnias, and heuchera in the arrangement above.

As florist, one of the simplest tricks of our trade is skewering fruit or vegetables to include in our arrangements. You can do this by taking a small apple, pretty pear, or cute jujube fruit and inserting a bamboo skewer into one end, making sure not to push the skewer all the way through it. Cut the skewer down to size and nestle the fruit into the arrangement just like the stem of a flower. A bright bunch of grapes or crab apple-laden branch can make a surprising impact cascading down the front of your arrangement.


Find the book at Johnson’s

Bennett, Leslie and Stefani Bittner. (2013). The Beautiful Edible Garden. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press.

Arrangement: Studio Choo

Photo: Jill Rizzo

DIY – Market Arrangement