Flower Arranging with Tissue Paper

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Flower arranging with tissue paper...it really works!

We decided the corner cupboard would work well in the great room,
but once in place we realized the tall ceilings made the short cupboard look too short!  We needed a little something to go on top.

I thought I would make a flower arrangement, and with all that's going on these days I needed to shop the house.  So, I gathered some dried hydrangea and a crystal vase, but as soon as I added one hydrangea to the vase and went to add another, the first one was falling out.  A filler was needed to keep the stems in place, so I added some sparkly fruit that I use at Christmas, and it worked pretty well.  As days passed though, the dark fruit in the crystal vase was looking a little "too dark".

So out comes the tissue paper.
It's white (brighter than the dark fruit),
and it shapes well to each hydrangea stem,
so I was hoping that it would keep each stem in place.
I had some extra hydrangea from one of my neighbors bushes, so I thought I would add a few more while I was at it.  Here's what the arrangement looked like...

As you can see, the back didn't have any flowers.
This is the fruit used as filler to hold each stem in place...

Of course once the tissue paper was out of the gift wrapping drawer,
Miss Curious (Coco) and Miss Curiouser (Jet)
were right in the middle of things...

I emptied the crystal vase and began wrapping each stem with tissue paper...

I began by lining the vase with tissue paper too,

but it wasn't really needed, so I removed it and began placing each tissue wrapped stem into the vase...

Once they were all added, ta-da...

The arrangement placed back on top of the corner cupboard...

a bit too dark...

And after,
much lighter and each stem is definitely held in place ...

Next time you are arranging silk or dried flowers, give this a try.
The tissue paper worked like a charm!

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  1. That really did make quite a difference. Your eye goes right to it now and it looks very pretty. Coco and Jet make very good snoopervisors. Deb

  2. Great idea. Looks nice and full, instead of green stems and awkward. {ChicByTab} xo

  3. Cindy, you are so clever! Your dried hydrangea look just beautiful in your gorgeous crystal vase! I love where it's perched too, looks just lovely up there! What a great tip, I'll certainly try using tissue next time I'm working on an arrangement. Love the idea! Coco and Jet are just so cute!

    Have a great evening!

  4. Hi Cindy,
    Glad that you are so happy with how it turned out! Being creative gets great results!

  5. That is a really GOOD idea, Cindy. They really look much better in the after. Your arrangement looks almost double in size. Smart girl!!!! xo Diana

  6. What a great idea Cindy and I have lots of dried hydrangea that I need to do this with!! I always struggling keeping them in the container and when they're touched, they fall apart. I'll try this! Thanks!

  7. Great idea and it looks wonderful!

  8. It's beautiful and it makes me smile to know someone else uses tissue paper "filler".:-)

  9. I love dried hydrangea so this is a good idea for me to borrow, Cindy. Thanks! We had blue hydrangeas for the Dowton Abbey Dinner I went to and will have white ones for one I am working on now. This came at the perfect time!



  10. I can see the huge difference Cindy! Great tip!

  11. Great idea, Cindy -- thanks for the tip!! I love dried hydrangeas; they're so elegant. Your corner cupboard is just beautiful, and the crystal vase filled with hydrangeas is the perfect addition. :)

    Have a wonderful day!



  12. That's a helpful idea! The vase does show up better doesn't it!

  13. Super great tip Cindy! You're hydrangeas look big and perfect sitting up so nicely now!

  14. The Hydrangeas look great on top of your corner cupboard. Using tissue paper around the stems really does make the vase show up. Your room is so pretty!

  15. Such a fantastic idea! I must try! xoxo Jen Thanks for the tip!

  16. What a great idea and it looks so pretty, Cindy. Have a nice weekend.
    Be a sweetie,

  17. Thank you for the idea. I have a similar problem with a corner display cabinet and will definitely use your idea! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  18. What a great tip! I love your dried hydrangea blooms. How did you get them to hold their color? I notice some look like mine - brown. But, you still have some beautiful blue and green going on there.
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

  19. Great idea, Cindy - it looks wonderful - your kitty is sweet and the photo with waterlogue is lovely! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,


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