How to make flowers spring out of a table

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Up next, we have a reallyfun long table centerpiece display that we're goingto work on together.

I've partially constructedand deconstructed part of it.

So we're going togo back through, and I'll show you kind of howto get up and to this point.

And then, we'll keepfinishing it out.

So what we have here,in terms of supplies, this is from Lowe's hardware.

We have got a piece of sidingthat they use on homes.

And what I did, ithad a lip on one side.

And I took the– I think it was12 or 14 or so feet in length– and I cut it inhalf and put them end to end so that I wouldhave a lip on both sides.

And I just usedsome packing tape to make them together–to put them together, so I have kind of like a littletray, which is great because it makes it a little bitsturdier, you know, for lifting and things like that.

But it's perfect forthis type of project.

The width on it is really nice.

We are working on, this is goingto be a six-foot long runner.

It's going on aneight-foot table.

And whenever I get it onsite to install, for Amy, we're going to put just a fewmore little pieces of moss on the sides.

And then, I havejust one more candle like this that's goingto kind of sit and fill in the area on thatlast little bit.

So that's what we've got.

It's sitting in.

Then, I have some oasis foam.

And it's just a simple– it'snot a fancy kind or anything.

It's just a simplebrick of oasis.

And what I did was I cut it.

I just made little notches.

And I cut it the wholeway down in thirds that'll be nice and flat.

And once I did that,and this is kind of what it lookslike once it's cut, just nice and narrow there,I took some Oasis waterproof tape.

And I have gone downthe entire length of it.

And I just haveeverything taped in there to keep it from slidingone way or another.

I think that's areally important thing to keep kind ofeverything in check.

If you wanted to, youcould use some Oasis glue.

But I just reallydon't like glue.

But some people don't mind it.

I seem to get it all overmyself so I avoid it.

But you can use this tapeinstead if you'd like.

And then, just with a couple ofthe leftover pieces of Oasis, I've made– you can see here–a little bit of– a little bit of a level, or justa rise– a rise here to make it a little bit taller.

And that's so thatmy moss kind of can go up and down throughoutthe course of the display.

So I just have one hereand here and one here.

I have three differenttypes of ferns.

And I just left somespace in between my Oasis.

I sort of kind of laideverything out before.

And then, I just left somespace as I took them out of their pots.

And I'm kind of, like, justtemporarily potting them in there between the pieces ofOasis, and I've got three here.

And then, the otherthing is these candles.

And I just press themdown into the Oasis so that they kind of had justlike a little– a little bit of sturdiness there.

Then, it's going to getcovered in with some moss and we'll adjust wheneverit's in its final position, just to make sure everything'supright and in good shape.

So those are the suppliesthat we're working with.

And I have this beautiful sheetmoss, some local sheet moss.

Since it is local– itcame out of the woods– I put it in some waterjust to hydrate it.

And then, I also wantedto get the critters out.

So that helped meget the critters.

I just put it on a towel,squished it out, and then just kind of pressedthrough to make sure that I didn't haveanything in there that I was carrying along thatI didn't want to have with me.

So that's where westand with that.

We're going to goahead, and I'm just going to layer some ofthis moss in here so you can see what that looks like.

I'm using some pieces of wire.

And this is, I think thisis about a 20-gauge wire.

You could use, I think,anywhere between 18 and 24 probably would be fine for this.

But I just madethese little pins.

And as I put the moss in, Ijust pin it into the Oasis.

So the Oasis has severaldifferent purposes in this arrangement.

One is to give a littlebit of different levels.

Another is to have a placewhere we can pin in to secure the moss without using glue.

And then, I'm going to be addingsome fresh flowers to this.

And I wanted to have awater source for those.

So I'm really just right nowgoing to focus on the edges.

And again, when it's inits final position on site, I'm going to go throughand maybe just kind of, like, make this a little bitmore irregular down the sides.

But I want to leave some ofthat Oasis exposed right now so that I can see where tolayer my fresh flowers in.

And that's the next step.

So you can see over here,I had some umbrella fern that I just took apart.

And I have that sortof spread throughout.

And then a little bitof this hydrangea.

I'm going to addsome more hydrangea, a little bit ofseeded eucalyptus to get things started here.

And then, we're going tokind of build up from there.

I love this hydrangea becauseit can go large scale.

I have another project forthis event that is very big.

And these transitionnicely from very big things to very small things.

You can see here, it has thesesweet little berries and things you could pullthis off, and this could become a part of aboutonniere or a corsage.

It's also great tocut here in this area.

And you can use thisin a centerpiece, kind of to frame out the bottomof a centerpiece container or something like that.

You can use it for whatwe're doing right now, or you can cut justeach little piece off from the sides and kindof start popping those in like your seeing here.

I just love the lacy, romantictexture that this adds.

This bride wanted tohave a woodsy event.

Her husband is veryoutdoorsy, but she's very romantic and elegant.

And so we're sort ofmarrying the two together in this arrangement.

Probably not going to findhydrangea on the forest floor.

But it does like shade orjust in a beautiful garden.

And you could easilyfind this type of plant growing in agarden where the moss and ferns and everything are.

Umbrella ferns are one of myfavorite things to have on hand if bright greens arebeing used in an event.

Because, again,like the hydrangea, it can be used in somany different ways.

You can pull it apart anduse it in a boutonniere.

You can leave it togetherand have it framed, you know, a bigfleurette for something that you're doing in alarge scale arrangement, maybe for a church orsomething like that.

Now, with the seededeucalyptus, we're just going to use reallymainly the berries from it.

But the leaves do kind ofnod to this fern over here.

There's a little bitof similarities there.

So I might move onjust a few of those.

The goal with thisis some texture.

This is a very textural piecewith all the different– there's actually severaldifferent– I don't know if you can see them, thedetail, in the camera– but there are several differenttypes of moss within this.

And that's one ofthe beautiful things about having somethingthat's fresh and local is you get this variationbetween the browns, the yellows, the greens,something that I really love.

You can get moss incases from wholesalers.

Generally, that's not areal tough thing to find.

Price wise, it willdiffer, depending on where you're getting it fromand all that kind of thing.

But I think it's aboutbetween $36 and $40, when I've checked on it.

So that kind of gives you alittle bit of perspective, in terms of material costs.

The little ferns thatwe're using today are from a local nursery.

And I think they'reabout $8 each.

Sometimes if you canget into Lowe's, where the piece of sidingcame from, sometimes you can get them inthere for about maybe $4.

It just depends whatyou're looking for and what you'd like tohave for your design.

The candles thatwe're using today are a birch bark unscentedcandle from Jamali Garden.

And I just purchased two setsof those for this project.

I'm going to go ahead andjust loop this around.

And just like I would anordinary centerpiece or I could switch sides of thetables, except you're there, and I need to stay out of– Ineed to stay out of your way.

I just want to makesure I'm not overworking one section of the arrangement.

The next ingredientwe're going to add is called PennsylvaniaKnotweed, something that as the name wouldsuggest is a weed that you can find oftentimes.

It looks very similar–although I'm told it's not, you know, the same thing– itlooks very, very similar to me to Kiss Me Over the GardenGate, which is something that you can getwholesale different times throughout the year.

So very big, another oneof those ingredients that can go very big or very small.

With this, I'm goingto start playing a little bit with heightthen start jumping up and out and creating askyline for my table.

The next time thatyou're in a city, you should kind oftake notice of all of the buildings and theoutline that they make up against the sky.

And when you arrange,you can kind of– you can think in a similar way.

You're putting all thedifferent buildings together.

And just like when you'redoing a compote arrangement, you want to create alittle bit of depth.

In this table runner, aswell, just be thinking of having it come in, go out.

Most of these that I haveright now are sort of centered.

So with my nextlittle round, I'm going to focus on addingthat dimension, that depth.

The next ingredientwe're going to add in are just someslightly pink roses.

I didn't want this partof the reception– this is going on the head table– Ididn't want it to look so, wow, this isn't somethingwe're probably going to find on the forest floor.

I didn't want it tolook so different from the rest of the reception.

She loved thelushful arrangements, so they're full of,you know, dahlias and roses and things like that.

So I do want to incorporatea few things to tie those spaces together.

These roses I'm using to createlittle lines that help the eye travel through the arrangement.

Let's see if I can dothis upside down here.

So I'm thinking about the sizeof the roses a little bit.

I don't want to– it's kind ofnice to move from big medium to small if you can.

It just createsjust a little bit of a more gentleprogression for your eye.

And now, I'm going toset my biggest point.

And I'm going to go– rosesare going to be smaller again.

So this would be a greatplace to pop in a dahlia and frame– frameit with the roses.

I took just a quicklittle intermission so I could put abunch of flowers in so you didn't have to watchme place every single one.

So we sped that upfor you a little bit.

We put it in– wefinished up the roses and made, like, little linesthroughout the arrangement.

And then, I went andadded this white gumfrina, sort of at a mediumlevel in the arrangement.

And then, over here,I started going for my highest moment in thearrangement, which is going to be this Queen Anne's lace.

So you just want to make surethat you're not going really above your knuckles.

And I'm just going to keep goingwith some of this Queen Anne's.

And then, we're goingto add in some dahlias.

I think, if you wanted this tobe a really light airy design, I would stop here and perhaps,even, maybe not use the roses.

But, like I said, Iwant this to coordinate with the rest of what'shappening in that room.

And it's just full ofreally gorgeous big blooms.

So we are going to add somedahlias in here, not a ton.

It's obviously more light andairy than heavy on blooms.

But I do want toadd in just a few.

I think I'm goingto flip this around so you can see what'sgoing on over here and also so that I don't overworkone side of the arrangement.

Over here, everythinglooks pretty good to me, except there are some mossspots in the front that we'll fill in before we wrap up.

OK, I'll finishwith some dahlias.

I'm just going to takenote of where my roses are.

And I'm going to put onein the same neighborhood, just nice and low.

This is great if you havesome stems that break.

I actually have kind of a funnystory about these dahlias.

I don't like taking Busterwhenever I pick up my flowers because he's a crazy dog.

And he runs all through the car.

But I just was– I knewall the places I had to go.

And I thought, oh, he'll be sosad if he was just hanging out with himself all day.

So I'll take him with me.

He loves to ride in the car.

So I took him with me.

And my car was completelyfull, completely full.

And I thought, there'sno way– I just had to make one more quickstop and run in to a store.

I thought there'sno way he's going to crawl back in there ontop of all those flowers.

Well, you better believe he did.

He was sitting right ontop of my dahlia bucket.

But believe it ornot, I only lost– I only lost, like, twostems from the whole ordeal.

And those were thefirst two stems that I popped inhere that just had a little bit of a broken neck.

But oh, man, I couldn'tbelieve it when I came back and saw that.

Then, after thathappened, I dropped an entire bucket of water wentrolling underneath my seat.

If that ever happensto you and lights start going off in your car–my "check engine" light was on.

The "take it to thedealership" light was on.

I thought it was over.

Then, I got to the dealership.

And he said, oh, ma'am– andI'm about in tears– he said, oh, that'll dry out.

No worries.

So if that happens to you,just wipe it up real good.

Take it and check.

But don't panic rightaway like I did, because it might be all right.

Ooh, it's a heavy one.

So a few more dahliasand we'll be done.

People have a hard time withdahlias, how to keep them alive and looking pretty.

You can do them wholesale.

If you're part of theTeam Flower Community, there's actually adiscussion going on right now about this and somegood tips and advice from some other membersabout how to condition them.

But I just have not– I havenot had a good experience with wholesale dahlias.

So I don't– I don't buy themto try out all of the different solutions that youcan put them in.

But just get them local,and they're beautiful, and they hold well.

You still do want to keep themout of the sun, of course.

But it's a much easier time.

All right.

I think we're about done.

As always, I'll kind oftake a step away and then come back and see ifthere's anything glaring.

There might be somethingyou see in the camera that you're like, oh,Kelly, you need to fix that.

But right now, to me– ofcourse, I'm close up to it and I've been looking atit so much, looks good.

And these candles, I don't thinkare getting lit at the venue.

So I'm going to leave themwhere they are for now.

But you might want, ifyou're going to do this, you might want to getyourself some cylinders to pop them in so thatyou have them covered if you'd like to do that.

They do take one that is alittle bit bigger than what you would normally getfor a bouquet vase.

So they don't slidedown in those easy.

You need to size up.

So anyway, allright, well, that's the six– that's the six-footforest floor table runner centerpiece.

I hope you enjoyed watching it.

I hope it inspires you tothink outside of the container and do somethingfun and interesting for your next client.

Thanks for watching.

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