- Wire basket
- Dry foam
- Serrated knife
- Sticky tape
- Spanish moss
- Greening pins
- Assorted flowers
- Fruits and berries (optional)
- Floral tape
- Wire cutter
- Wooden wired picks
1. Fill a wire basket with dry foam. If the basket is round it may require two bricks of dry foam to fill it. Lay the dry foam side by side and set the bottom of the container on top of it. Gently press the bottom of the container into the dry foam until it makes a depression in the foam.
2. With a serrated knife, cut around the shape and inset the foam into the container. Secure with sticky tape if necessary. Cover the dry foam with Spanish moss and secure with greening pins. You may need to tuck extra Spanish moss into the sides of the basket to cover the dry foam. Establish the height and width of the arrangement by first inserting the line materials. Begin by inserting pieces of greenery into the dry foam at opposite sides of the wire basket.
3. Define the shape of the arrangement by gradually clipping shorter pieces of greenery to insert around the outside of the wire basket. Establish the maximum height of the arrangement by placing the "line" flower (burgundy larkspur) in the center of the design.
4. Add the dominant flowers down inside the basket. Remember to keep the arrangement light and airy by cutting the stems in a variety of lengths. Add secondary flowers to help further define the shape of the centerpiece, allowing them to spill over the edge of the basket. Tuck small filler flowers into the greenery.
5. Continue adding other colors of dominant and secondary flowers with different shapes and textures. Don't be afraid to let some of the flowers come through the sides of the basket, but allow the top edge of your basket to show.
6. When you are satisfied with the arrangement, add fruit and berries for additional interest. Allow the fruits to spill over the top and through the sides of the basket. If necessary, wire the fruits and berries to wooden wired picks.