For our Charity Day this year, Joan Overett made up some small arrangements using cellophane and a 'fabric' called Spider's Web (available from florist's stockists) and just three flowers. They proved very popular, so Joan gave us the step-by-step instructions for anyone interested in making one. As there are three flowers in the arrangement, we've called it a 'Trio' . We are indebted to demonstrator Pat South for giving us the idea.
1. Cut a square of cellophane with 15” sides and a square of spider wrap to match.
2. Place the cellophane on top of the spider wrap on a flat surface.
3. Soak a piece of Oasis, approx. 2” x 2” x 1.5 “and place, square side down in the middle of the cellophane.
4. Have ready a rubber band and some ribbon, three flowers (ie roses, carnations) or 3 stems of spray carnations. If your flowers have little natural foliage, three pieces of small-leaved shrub will be required.
5. Cut your first flower approx. 9” long and place in the Oasis.
6. Your next flower should be slightly shorter and the last will be shorter still. Arrange in a staggered style. If you need foliage, e.g. for carnations, trim to a suitable length and add to the design.
7. Pull up the four corners of the fabric and cellophane and grasp the oasis to enable you to place a rubber band around it.
8. Cut a ribbon to cover the rubber band and tie securely, curling the trailing ends. Arrange the paper and cellophane if necessary - it should look attractive at this point but may need tweaking.
You may, if you prefer, arrange the flowers/foliage after securing the fabric and oasis with the rubber band - try each way and see which method you find the easiest.
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