As you must have figured out by now, I love using unusual vessels for my floral arrangements. I believe that a vase/vessel plays as much of a role in the beauty of an arrangement as the flowers do. For this Mother's Day DIY, I decided to use an old teapot that I scored (for $10) from a yard sale in Long Beach while visiting a friend. For a mom who loves orchids, this combination of flowers and foliage could be a lovely Mother's Day gift. Given the asian style of the vessel that I was working with, I chose varieties that would yield a complementary arrangement.
This time of year is perfect for maple leaves as they are just blooming and their leaves are fresh and unblemished. The red Japanese maple has beautiful little flowers as well, which add a delicate touch. The maple leaves and the rhododendron came from the backyard/neigborhood, and the orchid is from the local Trader Joe's ($12). The total cost of materials for this arrangement came to $22. That said, I think it came out looking like a million bucks.
What you'll need:
- Green Japanese maple
- Red Japanese maple
Begin by adding the different maple varieties
Continue with the rhododendron
Finally, place the orchids
Photography by N. Underwood for Naked Bouquet