Adding oranges, lemons, and limes to fresh flower arrangements has become very popular for weddings and events. Citrus fruits bring a natural bright element and texture to centerpieces. Many times DIY’ers avoid the use of citrus fruits in fear that they will damage the flowers or even because they are not sure how to mechanically piece these types of arrangements together. Well now you have the answers…
Here’s what you need to know:
- The acidity of citrus fruit can shorten the vase life of fresh flowers, so a floral liner or use a smaller vase inside a larger vase to keep the flowers and fruit separate. Just fill the center smaller vase with flowers and the outer, larger vase with fruit!
- Flowers can be arranged with citrus fruit without a barrier, but the vase life will be decreased.
- Any type of citrus fruit can be used, whole or sliced. Including lemons, limes, and oranges.
- Cut apples, pears or bananas will brown and should not be used. Fruits like grapes will float in water.
This lovely centerpiece from Lee Forrest Design, photographed by Andi Mans Photography uses sliced oranges to add a pop of color to this elegant flower scheme. The oranges also cover up the floral foam used to construct this gorgeous arrangement.
The arrangement below is featured on Better Homes and Gardens as an easy DIY project! Be sure to check out this great tutorial! It is important to keep in mind that citrus decreases the vase life of fresh flowers. To combat this, place a smaller vase or glass inside the pitcher to hold the flowers. Wedge the lemon slices in between the two vases, which will hold them securely in place.
Slices aren’t the only way to use citrus! Check out this gorgeous table setting by One Charming Party, photographed by Nicole Hill Gerulat and featured on HGTV! The arrangements use halved blood oranges on floral picks, and whole oranges on the table. The perfectly smooth, round shape is uncommon and unexpected in floral design, adding to the visual interest.
Use oranges, lemons, limes or grapefruit – choose a color to enhance your flowers! These brilliant centerpieces were featured on Hostess with the Mostess and photographed by Le Blanc Lifestyle Photography. A floral liner was used to keep the floral foam separate from the lemons.
What do you think of these charming centerpieces? Share your ideas with us!
This month’s featured DIY bride and winner of a $100 American Express Gift Card is Rachael. Her rustic, vintage-themed wedding was absolutely gorgeous – and the flowers are simply stunning! All of these beautiful moments were captured by Marcus Bierbaum Photography. Check out the full photo spread here!
“…I would like you know that the flowers that we received were perfect! …The instructions were very clear and we were able to make amazing bouquets for my bridal party. They were also a blast to make!” ~ Rachael, DIY bride
Rachael’s bouquets included several types of garden roses. The Garden Rose Miranda is a pink rose with frilled inner petals. As a large, fluffy rose, it works wonderfully in bouquets. Garden Rose O’Hara Light Pink is the paler pink rose, which adds romantic yet sophisticated texture. The Garden Rose O’Hara White is a classic white garden rose with a large, elegant bloom.
Rachael used Eskimo White and Versilia Peach roses to accentuate the main garden roses and to add color. As filler flowers, the bouquets include white lisianthus, white hydrangea to make up a beautiful variety. Dianthus, green hypericum and lotus pods (purchase these at your local craft store) add a touch of whimsy.
To add to the rustic feel, the bouquets were wrapped in burlap ribbon. Rachael added a touch of silky white ribbon to her own.
Did we mention they got married in a barn?! The couple actually restored the floors, built stairs and cleaned out the hay themselves!
What are your thoughts on this lovely wedding?
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Congratulations to Kim and Kanye on their little miracle! Here at Blooms By The Box, we talk a lot about weddings, but in reality, there are so many different events that require flowers! Check out this white and garden-themed baby shower – so many of the arrangements would be easy DIY projects! All photos are courtesy of WomenStyles.
For the centerpieces, Kim played into the recent trend of one-flower-variety arrangements, which is super simple to replicate on your own. One type of flower in a vase in not only easy to make but extremely classy. White peonies, roses and tulips created a simple, elegant feel that you can make on a budget.
Kim’s most treasured guests received floral head wreaths made with gypsophilia (baby’s breath) and white wax flower. These fluffy, long stemmed filler flowers are easy to use and create a light, ethereal look. Simple wiring techniques make these floral headbands an easy DIY project – great for flower girls, bridesmaids, or simple decoration!
Check out the preparation for Kim Kardashian’s baby shower. The roses you see here are packaged the same as when you receive them from BloomsByTheBox, directly out of the wholesale market,. They are fresh and of premium quality, just as a florist would receive them for a celebrity event like this one. Notice they’re clipping the stems and immediately putting the roses in buckets of water to keep them properly hydrated.
What a gorgeous arrangement of cream and pale yellow roses! Blocks of floral foam make it easy to create large, shaped arrangements. Flower lengths can be adjusted without cutting more stems, so it’s much easier than a regular vase arrangement.
We think Kim’s flower choices were charming – what do you think?