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flight of fancy

Fun, color-coordinated accessories lift a small collection of botanicals to impressive heights.
Design by Christina M. Burton, AIFD

     Three beautiful butterflies, attached to decorative wire, appear to be fluttering around and upon a small group of ruffly carnations. Their positioning adds visual dimension to the floral cluster, increasing its perceived value while maintaining a budget-friendly price.

     Create this dynamic and affordable arrangement in an array of color palettes to suit the season, customer preference and the carnations you have on hand. Containers and decorative wire in a rainbow of colors make almost any color combination possible.

MATERIALS: ‘Moonlite’ carnations from Florigene Flowers; Galax leaves from favorite supplier; 8-inch Spirit™ Collection Saucer, Oasis® Floral Foam and Oasis® Hot-Melt Glue from Oasis® Floral Products; hand-painted feather butterflies from Floraltrims; Deco Wire™ from Lion Ribbon Company.


Saturate the floral foam, and place it into a saucer. Arrange Galax leaves around the perimeter of the floral foam.

Remove the delicate packing wire from each butterfly, and insert decorative wire in its place, securing it with a drop of hot glue at the end of the wire.

Form the opposite end of each wire into a small hook (for stability), then insert the wires into the floral foam.


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