Decorating for my youngest daughter is so much fun! She’s a girly girl. Maybe even more so than I was at her age (and am now…)
This means I can double dip when it comes to her bedroom in our new house. Not only do I get to make her dreams for a fancy ballerina room come true, but I get to speak to my inner 5 year old and create a room she would have loved, too.
Even though we have a whole list of things that need to happen before we really get her room going, I decided it would be good to take a breather from painting and the frustrations of a new build home and make a little something that can bring some character to her unfinished room.
I’ve made it my unofficial goal to have a floral arrangement or live plant in every room in this home. They bring movement and life and texture.
For Maddie’s room I decided to make something that could transition from what she currently wants to what she may want in a few years. In other words- something fancy and girly, but not theme specific.
So we went browsing around Home Goods and saw the most perfect cake stand! The antiqued silver was the perfect finish and the crystal style beads draped around it added the perfect feminine accent! We transformed it into this:
We both just LOVE it!
Here’s all the supplies and tools I gathered to make it:
I’ll start with the abbreviated directions in the Short and Sweet section, and I’ll follow that up with detailed instructions and tips in the All the Details Section.
The Short and Sweet:
1. Gather various sized flowers, a dome foam piece, your favorite type of adhesive, and a cake stand.
2. Glue the foam piece to the cake stand.
3. Push the stems into place, adding glue when you are happy with the arrangement.
4. Pair the fancy decoration with other items of various heights and enjoy it!
All the Details:
1. After we hit Home Goods for the perfect cake stand, we hopped over to my other home away from home, Jo-Ann, and snatched up the foam dome piece and floral stems. We were lucky in that they were already on sale and we were able to stack a coupon on top of that. Otherwise, this would have been a pretty expensive project.
How many different types of flowers depends on your personal taste and the look you are going for. For this look, I recommend keeping the color palette to just 3-4 colors and varying the sizes of the flowers if you can. I chose:
2 large flowers, 1 in the accent color (pink) and 1 mostly white with pink tips
1 medium white flower
2 small white flowers
1 green filler flower
Note that the whites are not all identical in hue. That’s okay. It gives it depth and interest.
As for the size of the dome, you want to keep in mind how deep your flowers are and how much you want them to come out past the top of the cake stand. I chose a dome that was about 2 inches smaller in diameter than the cake stand.
Prep the Floral Stems
2. Plug in that glue gun while you get the stems ready]
3. Take the wire cutters and cut the stems so that the flowers are all the same length from end of flower to end of stem. Meaning that no matter how much stem is left on the flower, when they are all on the foam piece they will all stick out to the same length.
4. Remove the plastic from the foam dome and glue it to the top of the cake stand, making sure to center it.
Place the Flowers
5. Starting with one of the largest flowers, place it off center near the top of the dome.
6. Next, place one of the other large flowers next to it.
7. And then put one of the small flowers in the crook that the two larger flowers created.
8. Turn the arrangement to the side a bit and grab the medium sized flower to place next.
9. From here on out, try to turn the arrangement a little every time you add a flower. That way you are working almost in a spiral and not creating any weird holes or accidentally bunching the same types of flowers together.
10. You will still end up with some smaller gaps that are too small for the small flower. This is where the small filler foliage/ flowers come in. Perfect.
11. When you finally get to the bottom, you will want to finish it off with some greenery from the flower stems.
12. Cut those to size and place them at the base of the arrangement, covering the area where the foam meets the cake stand.
Check the Shape
13. When you’ve got everything placed, take a step back and check that the shape of the arrangement creates an overall dome. Re-position any flowers that are sticking out too far or at a strange angle (like the ones on the left and right of this picture.)
Glue it in Place
14. When you are happy with the shape, grab your adhesive and add a dollop at the base of each stem. It’s going to take a little bit of time, so turn on some music while you work. Better to be able to easily dust this and keep it together if it gets knocked over than to skip this step.
Once the adhesive is set, pair it with a few other decorations that tie in the colors and shape for a fabulous, finished look.
So, about how much did it cost to make a sweet, fancy flower arrangement for my girl?
Just under $35 is a steal for something this fancy!
Happy snipping and arranging, friends. And whatever you make, make it yours!
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