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Creative ideas for flower arranging

You don’t have to take a trip to a florist for a fabulous arrangement. Here are some beautiful flower arrangements you can make at home. 
 
Images via Pinterest.
 
Parrot tulips in a vase of citrus fruits
 
What You'll Need:
• Large glass vase 
• Eight oranges 
• Six lemons 
• Six limes 
• Tulips 

Directions:
1. Fill your vase about three-quarters to the top with the whole oranges, lemons and limes. Reserve two different pieces of fruit.
2. Slice the reserved pieces of fruit and slide them down into the inside edge of the glass. To push fruit slices to the bottom, use the handle of a wooden spoon.
3. Fill the vase to the top with water. 
4. Place the stems of the tulips in the center of the vase. (The fruit will help anchor the flowers.)
 
Asparagus arrangement
 
What You'll Need:
• Small can 
• Spring asparagus
• Two strong rubber bands 
• Raffia 
• Pansies and grape hyacinth or your favorite flowers (approximately two dozen total)

Directions:
1. Place two strong rubber bands around the center of the can and insert the asparagus stalks inside the bands.
2. Use raffia to cover the rubber bands.
3. Fill three-quarters of your can with water and place the long stems of the pansies around the edges so they meet with the asparagus tips.
4. Fill the centre of the can with the hyacinth.
 
 
Lemon Daisy Topiary
 
What You'll Need:
• Four Styrofoam blocks 
• A box of 2-inch floral pins 
• Wooden skewers 
• 18 to 24 lemons 
• A container 
• Small spring flowers

Directions:
1. Place the Styrofoam blocks into the container to form a rectangular shape. Push a few wooden skewers through the Styrofoam to connect the blocks together. 
2. Using a kitchen knife, cut the Styrofoam into a cone shape. Make the cone smaller than you want the completed arrangement to look because once you add the lemons, it will be larger. Cut a flat top on the cone about 2 inches from the original top. 
3. Place the Styrofoam back in the container and use a skewer horizontally to secure the cone to the base. 
4. Starting at the bottom, attach the lemons to the cone using floral pins. The pins should be hidden at the back of the lemons. 
5. When all the lemons are attached, cut small stems of tiny flower heads and push them between the lemons to hide any gaps.
 
Vegetables and flowers
 
What You'll Need:
• Any bowl or container 
• Floral oasis 
• A variety of 3- to 6-inch floral sticks (available at craft or floral supply shop) 
• A variety of vegetables including mini-artichokes, broccoli, asparagus, and kale 
• White tulips, lilacs and lilies of the valley or an assortment of your favourite white flowers 

Directions:
1. Soak your floral oasis in a bowl of water overnight. 
2. Place the floral oasis in your chosen container. 
3. Wire or push the floral sticks into the base of the mini-artichokes, broccoli, asparagus, endives and kale, using the longer floral sticks for the vegetables that will be placed in the centre of the container. 
4. Push the vegetables randomly into the oasis. 
5. Push the stems of the flowers between the vegetables in the oasis.
 
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