diy project: teapot flower arrangement how-to

last week sarah brysk cohen from blossom and branch joined us for a fun floral arrangement how-to using a cocktail shaker and coffee tin. this week sarah is back for another fun arrangement how-to using something we all have around the kitchen- a teapot! i always love learning how to use everyday household objects for beautiful arrangements, so i’m thrilled to have sarah back this week. thanks, sarah! {the amazing photos are from maggie harkov photography}

ps: sarah is still teaching “bodega flower” workshops in new york right now, so email sarah here to sign up and get more info!

CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump!

Some basic principles for flowers:

o Clean all leaves, stems or thorns that will sit below the water-line in whatever container you use.
o Use sharp tools and clean, cool water.
o Give flowers a fresh, angled cut and change the water every other day.
o Try adding a dash of lemon-lime soda (like 7up or Sprite) to the water – the sugar perks up the blooms!
o Try adding a few (just a few) drops of bleach to the water – it will keep the stem-rotting bacteria at bay.
o For tough or woody stems, use warm water and try snapping the stem with your hands instead of cutting. The splintered stems increase surface area for the water to travel up to the project:
o When in doubt, cut the stems short, so that the heads of the flower rise just above the neck of the vase. This pavé style is very European and chic.

Teapot How-To:

Sometimes I prefer unopened garden roses to roses in full bloom. The tight petals have such a wonderful texture. I combined garden jasmine and mint leaves with the roses to give this arrangement amazing fragrance. And no major design work required here…simply group each bunch together in a teapot and there you have it!

1) Remember to clean all leaves and thorns off the flowers that will fall below the water line.

2) Measure flowers against the teapot and cut the ends with a sharp clippers or knife at an angle.

3) Cut the stems so that the blooms of the flowers sit just above the neck of the container. With a teapot, the opening is not as wide as a typical vase, so be careful not to overcrowd the flowers.

4) Place the rose bunch in the teapot first, then tuck in mint and jasmine. You can use one hand to scoot the roses to the side and the other to tuck in the groupings of other flowers.

Rose cleaning tips – It goes without saying that you should be very careful cleaning roses! The thorns can actually carry a dangerous fungus that can enter your body through a skin prick. Although this is rare, see a doctor if you develop strange skin reactions or become very ill after you know you have been pierced by a rose thorn.

Handle the rose by holding it securely in a non-thorny place with one hand – this is typically toward the very top of the stem, just under the bloom. With the other hand, begin to cut off the leaves and thorns. If you slowly twirl the rose as you cut (leaves and thorns wrap all the way around a stem) you can be sure to gain access to all the leaves and stems. Continue down the stem to the bottom. Once you have cleared the stem, the rose should be easy to work with! I suggest cleaning the roses thorough before any of the design work on the teapot.

  1. cathie says:

    this is so cute!!! perfect on top of those vintage books.

  2. kim says:

    this is lovely. really like the combination of roses, mint and jasmine

  3. christine says:

    I like how the flowers and plants used in the teapot arrangement are also found in herbal teas. beautiful!

  4. jenn says:

    ohhh, how cute!

  5. yasmin says:

    what a gorgeous arrangement–great instructions too. thank you!

  6. Lucy says:

    love it!

  7. wishfulnals says:

    i love this! so beautiful.

  8. dinah says:

    I love love love the teapot as a vase.

  9. I *love* this! I can imagine it smells fantastic, too. I’m hoping I can pull things together and make one for a bridal tea Sat, so thanks for the last minute save!

  10. i am now inspired to plant, tend and eventually pluck and pretty up some fleur x thank you

  11. June says:

    great step-by-step–with gorgeous results. makes me look for more things for sarah to make bloom.

  12. jen says:

    loooooooooove this! I want to go plant some mint and pull out a teapot now!

  13. Linda Landig says:

    I love this -esp. the idea of doing the arrangement pave style–cool! Thanks!

  14. Excellent arrangement of flowers. I ‘d like to learn this and i am inspired more when i saw those photos.

  15. The arrangement is really beautiful. It really goes well with the teapot. I think that this is a good gift for mothers day.

  16. Anna Cole says:

    I am a member of a local garden club and we do different arrangements each month at our monthly meetings. This is absolutely beautiful. I was searching for some ideas about teapot arrangements.

  17. Maureen says:

    This arrangement can really jazz up my kitchen………simply beautiful

  18. Jaz says:

    Very innovative idea! My grandma will definitely be surprise if I show this to her and put it on her room.

  19. J’adore, bonne continuation.

  20. Jess says:

    Could you please tell me where I could purchase this same teapot in this color?! It is perfect for what I need!! Beautiful arrangement :)

  21. acsilver says:

    This is such a cute idea! I have never thought to do this, it has a really nice vintage look! 


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