How to Arrange Flowers in a Vase (Without Floral Foam!)

Buy flowers. Put in vase. JUST KIDDING! Arranging flowers without floral foam isn’t *quite* that simple, although it really is easier than it looks. Today I’m going to teach you how to arrange flowers using just a vase and a floral grid. You’ll be creating a gorgeous centrepiece for your spring table or arrangement for your buffet in no time! (You can even just pick up a bouquet from the grocery store!)

This arranging style doesn’t use any of the toxic floral foam (like Oasis) that is so common in the floral industry. Floral foam is really useful in certain situations (if you have to move your arrangement – like for a wedding – or if you want it to last for ages without needing to change water – like if you send flowers to a hospital or retirement home), but it certainly isn’t the best option, environmentally-speaking.

Let’s create a beautiful spring floral arrangement to get your table all set for guests!

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How to Arrange Flowers (without the toxic floral foam!)

Arrangement “Recipe”

  • 5-7 stems of greenery (I used 3 stems of salal leaf and 2 stems of regular ruscus)
  • 3-4 stems of alstroemeria (also known as peruvian lily – I kept these sprays intact for this arangement)
  • 5-7 tulips
  • 8-9 stems of mums (these are spray flowers – they have multiple blooms on each stem – so you don’t need 8-9 sprays, just 3-4 – I call these “filler”)
  • 7-9 button mums (same deal as with the regular mums – they are a spray flower – I call these the “fun filler”)
  • 3-4 stems ornito (what I call the “spiky blooms”)

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Creative Canadian Bloggers to Read Now!

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I’m honoured (and a tad nervous, if I’m honest) to be speaking at the Yes Women Can! Au feminin pluriel conference this weekend in Vankleek Hill, Ontario. Yes Women Can! is a day-long event and trade show celebrating female entrepreneurs, creatives, performers… and all-round fabulous people. Organized by a firecracker group of can-doers from the small town of Vankleek Hill, the day will feature speakers, presentations, workshops, exhibits, and more. I cannot wait to share my adventures – and misadventures – in DIY and handmade living! As I was preparing my talk for the conference, I was struck by the idea to interview some of my fellow Canadian bloggers (and ladybosses!) for Flourish & Knot. We just don’t celebrate the amazing woman-power here in Canadian blogland enough! But that ends here and now. Here’s my list of 11 Canadian (female!) bloggers to read now!

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A Sugar Shack Lunch | Cabane à sucre! | Year of Feasting

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In springtime in Québec, Canada, we have one BIG tradition: “la cabane à sucre”, also known as the SUGAR SHACK! Cabane à sucre is a quintessential Québec experience (though I know that other parts of Canada also do the sugar shack thing), and I LOVE everything about it: the rich food, the great traditional music, the still-snowy landscape, the sleigh ride, and of course… the maple syrup.

When Danyelle of Life is a Party invited me to be a part of her series, A Year of Feasting, I jumped at the chance. This series is different because we are not only pulling together four tablescapes throughout the year, we are actually hosting real events! I love house tours and tablescape posts but they always feel a little hollow to me, mostly because the images are lacking, well, real life occupants.

I adore the entire premise of A Year of Feasting: host four different events throughout the year (one for each season), and blog about it. We are being encouraged to not only capture the food and the table settings and the details, but the people who attend and the overall vibe of each different gathering. This is totally up my alley!

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To kick things off and introduce myself as the Québecoise contingent in our group, I decided to host a small, laid-back “cabane à sucre” (or sugar shack) themed lunch. Let me show you how I pulled together this meal à l’anciennne (in old-time style). I even have a traditional recipe for you to try out at home!

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