1 Use decorative objects for stability
Use seashells or sea glass to stabilize a short bunch of tulips.
- Fill a vase 2/3 full with shells
- Band tulips with florist tape and cut stems to 3 inches long
- Place the bouquet on top of the shells and carefully fill in the remaining area around the bouquet with shells
- Gently fill the vase with water
2 Have fun
The trick to making these tromp l’oeil arrangements is a double-walled vase.
- Select two clear glass vases (both about 8 inches tall), so that one fits within the other and leaves a gap of at least 1 to 1.5 inches (ours are 6 inches in diameter and 4.5 inches in diameter).
- Fill the smaller vase 1/3 full with water and place inside larger vase. Use candy, soaps or other small goodies to fill in the gap between the vases.
- Remove the leaves (if desired) and trim flower stems of 15 to 30 tulips (depending on width of inner vase) to 9 inches long.
- Gather all of the tulips to form a bunch and place gently into the small inner vase.
3 Use some decorative trim
A plain Mason jar looks country cute with a bit of white fringe. Also try brush, beaded or tassel trim from a local fabric store or online trim retailer.
- Use a measuring tape to determine the circumference of the jar and cut a piece of trim to that length.
- Attach just below the jar lip (so the balls rest on the “shoulders” of the jar) with hot glue.
- Trim a dozen tulips to your desired length, with leaves remaining for fullness and insert gently into the jar.
4 Add colour
Food colouring turns a clear vase into a vibrant vessel. For extra punch, match the blooms and water colour.
- Fill vase 1/3 full with water and add red liquid food colouring, a few drops at a time, until you reach the perfect tint.
5 Get creative
Use an old kitchen whisk to create a playful arrangement.
- Place one potted, flowering tulip (with soil) into a cup just large enough to hold the bulb.
- Gently pry apart the tines of a kitchen whisk and wedge the cup inside, being careful to keep the leaves and bloom outside.
- Top with cranberries or red candy.
Please note: The prying will likely ruin the whisk for being used for its original purpose!
Images and how-tos provided by iBulb. iBulb is the flowering initiative from Anthos, Holland’s Royal trade association for nursery stock and flower bulbs, that promotes the use of dry bulbs, cut and ready-potted flower bulbs through international marketing programs.