For Mother’s Day, use flowers and branches from your local market or backyard to create this pastel beauty
- One 8-inch-diameter glass bubble vase
- Three curly willow branches (available at farmers markets or upscale grocery stores). “You can also substitute with any soft, bendable vine or branch from your yard as well,” Del Pero says.
- Small, sharp knife or garden shears
- Four hydrangea stems in light pink or white
- Three viburnum stems in light green
- Five peony stems in soft pink
- Ten ranunculus stems in pink
Wrap the first willow branch around your hand as many times as possible to form a circular band.
Tip: Avoid traditional green floral foam, which is toxic when inhaled and not biodegradable and therefore also harmful to the environment. “Instead, use bendable branches like curly willow to create a structure for holding your flowers in place,” Del Pero says.
4. Add more water, filling about three-quarters of the vase.
Trim the first hydrangea stem so that the bloom will just cover the top of the vase when resting diagonally inside it.
Tip: Del Pero prefers to use a small, sharp knife to create a deep-slanted cut on the stem but says regular garden shears are easier for nonprofessionals.
“It’s best to use groupings of two or three blooms” of the same flower variety, Del Pero says. Avoid arrangements where every other bloom is a different kind of flower.
- Put the vase in your kitchen sink.
- Carefully create a small opening in the bouquet and let water from the faucet gently run into the opening. This fresh water will displace the water inside the vase.
- Allow the water to flow over the sides until the vase is filled with fresh water.
- Remove and dry the vase.