Making a Holiday Flower Arrangement

Fresh flowers are not just for spring and summer; creating holiday flower arrangements brings a new element to your festive décor. Amaryllis at Christmas and lilies at Easter make the celebrations all the merrier!

Making a Holiday Flower Arrangement
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Overview
Nothing brightens a room like flowers, and creating this inexpensive holiday flower arrangement is an easy way to do it. The flowers draw festive warmth from the rich glow of cranberries in the vase. When the weather warms up, adapt the filler to suit another occasion and keep your spirits bright all year long.
Step 1
Wash and dry the two glasses then nest one inside the other, centering the smaller one inside the larger.
Step 2
Drop the cranberries into the space between the two glasses. Insert enough cranberries to fill all sides of the glass up to the rim. The outer vase should appear to be completely filled with cranberries.
Step 3
Fill the inner glass with water, taking care to not dampen the cranberries. Leave 2 inches of the inner glass unfilled.
Step 4
Under running water, use the scissors to individually trim the stems of the red flowers. Cut on the diagonal, leaving the stem just longer than the height of the inner glass.
Step 5
Immediately insert the flower into the vase. When in place, the flower head should rest just above the lip of the vase, obscuring it from sight.
Step 6
Repeat this process with the white flowers, interspersing them among the red ones.
Step 7
Check the water level in your arrangement daily and add additional water as needed.
Step 8
Replace the water if it becomes cloudy. When emptying the inner vase, cover the opening between the glasses with your fingers to prevent the cranberries from falling out.
skill
1
ingredient
Two glass containers that will nest one inside the other, leaving a 1-inch gap all the way around.

1 bag of fresh cranberries

Scissors

Flowers (both red and white). In winter, amaryllis is a good choice, but any seasonal flower will do. For an arrangement with a 5" diameter vase, you'll need about 20 amaryllis blooms.

ingredients
Two glass containers that will nest one inside the other, leaving a 1-inch gap all the way around.
ingredients
1 bag of fresh cranberries
ingredients
Scissors
ingredients
Flowers (both red and white). In winter, amaryllis is a good choice, but any seasonal flower will do. For an arrangement with a 5" diameter vase, you'll need about 20 amaryllis blooms.
tip
Ideally, the containers should be approximately the same height when nested. Craft stores often sell inexpensive nesting glass tumblers.

To extend the life of your blooms, use cold water and keep the flowers out of direct sunlight.

You can substitute different candies for the cranberries to adapt this arrangement to different occasions. Use candy hearts for Valentine's Day, red hots for the Fourth of July, or candy corn for Halloween.

tips
Ideally, the containers should be approximately the same height when nested. Craft stores often sell inexpensive nesting glass tumblers.
tips
To extend the life of your blooms, use cold water and keep the flowers out of direct sunlight.
tips
You can substitute different candies for the cranberries to adapt this arrangement to different occasions. Use candy hearts for Valentine's Day, red hots for the Fourth of July, or candy corn for Halloween.
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Resources
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Flower Arrangement
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Martha Stewart
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Additional Centerpiece Ideas
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Caring for Floral Arrangements