For more delicate blooms, such as these orchids, place freshly cut flowers into water tubes. (This is also a great way to stretch your budget—orchids are puchased by the branch, but you can cut off individual blooms, place them in water tubes and space them throughout the arrangement.)
Step 6: Gently insert tubes into floral foam. (Select tubes with sharp ends, as these will go in much more smoothly.)
Step 7: Hydrangeas will look great for weeks if placed directly into floral foam; no tubes (or water) are required.
Tips for your mantel arrangement
- To keep greens looking fresh longer, try spraying with a product such as Pokon or Pixie, which seals in moisture.
- Check the top of the floral foam every day to make sure it's still damp. This is particularly important if the arrangement is sitting above a working fireplace. Add water as necessary.
- Orchids will last for two to three weeks if they get enough water, so check the tubes on a regular basis and top up as needed.
- You can purchase most of the hardware required for this project from craft stores. Michaels (The Arts and Crafts Store) has a florist supply area, as does Lewiscraft (check local listings).
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