Vintage Cans and Tins DIY

In one of the weddings I did last summer, the bride asked for the vases to be vintage and as eclectic as possible. On one of my antiquing trips to fulfill this wish, I came across a bunch of vintage beer and soda cans ($2-3 each), as well as a couple of older tins. These were used with great success in the wedding, and I recently pulled them out of storage to use for this cute DIY. If you find old cans, the best way to remove the top is with a side/edge can opener - it removes it cleanly and without any sharp edges. You can use any flowers that you like, but I used hellebores, blackberries, violas, mint, japanese privet, freesia, and garden phlox. I placed these cans in two ways - one as a table centerpiece, and the other on some stools in an empty fireplace. They are cute just about anywhere.

These cans work well as a clustered centerpiece on a rectangular dining table.

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Clearing out your fireplace for a day or two and putting floral arrangements inside is a beautiful way to dress up a room and brighten a typically dark space.

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For each can, trim and place your desired flowers until you have achieved the desired fill and color scheme. Vintage cans are versatile - and the often eclectic colors don't need to match your florals.

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Additional views on the table:

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And some more in the fireplace:

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I hope that you'll give it a try!

All photography by Heather Zweig

Outdoor Party Centerpiece with Hanging Jars DIY

Happy Wednesday everyone! Earlier this month I was browsing the garden section of our local hardware store for some plants for the garden, but when I came across some of their outdoor items I was inspired to use them to create an outdoor centerpiece. The design is one that could be used for a rather fancy backyard dinner party, or an outdoor wedding.

Note: I'll admit that this isn't the quickest DIY, but it is not hard. It takes a little bit of time to paint and prepare the box and get the jars hung. However, once the crafting steps are accomplished, the floral part is relatively quick and easy. Keep in mind that the box can always be reused. I do hope that you'll give it a try.

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The flowers I chose for this particular arrangement scream spring, and the combination of narcissus, kumquat, and mint lend a lovely aroma as well.

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What you will need:

  • Garden planter box
  • 3 packs bamboo trellis
  • Paint (I chose yellow, but you could use any color you desire) and paint brush
  • 2 blocks of floral foam
  • Aluminum foil
  • 3 small jars (with lip so they can be hung)
  • Wired rope and ribbon
  • 5-6 bunches of narcissus and daffodils (or other spring flowers of your choosing)
  • 3-4 bunches kumquats
  • 3-4 bunches mint (or any other herb like rosemary)
  • 3-4 bunches geranium leaves (or any other green)
  • 2 bunches ranunculus
  • 2 bunches veronicas

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Preparation

  1. Begin by painting your box. I wanted to achieve the weathered outdoor look so I only applied one coat.
  2. Soak the floral foam in water for about 20 minutes for maximum absorbtion. Once the paint is dry line the inside of the box with aluminum foil and then place the already soaked blocks of floral foam inside the box.
  3. Cut the trellises to the desired height. I chose to make my middle one taller than the other two to achieve a high point in the centerpiece. Position in the floral foam inside the box.
  4. Finally, place the hanging jars in the middle of each trellis. Wrap the neck of the jars with ribbon, then tie the rope to the ribbon on one side of the jar, wrap the rope around the center of the trellis before tying the other side of the jar. Make sure it is secure and straight on the trellis before tying the other side.

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Floral Steps

Begin by arranging the kumquats and the geranium inside the floral foam throughout the box.

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Add the narcissus.

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Tip: Add the narcissus in small bunches as you push them inside the foam for a fuller look and so that the stems do not break as you push them in.

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Add water to the hanging jars and begin filling them with mint, veronicas and ranunculus until you have achieved the desired look.

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That's it. A lovely centerpiece that can be used for an outdoor party, wedding, or other event.

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All photography by Heather Zweig for Naked Bouquet.

San Francisco Flower Mart

San Francisco Flower Mart is my second home, and today I want to share with you some of my favorite things about this lovely place. I don't think there is anything else that could get me out of bed willingly as early as 4am other than the fact that I love what I do - and a great part of why I love what I do is this exceptional flower mart in the SOMA district. For starters, I love watching a beautiful city like San Francisco wake up. I love the hustle and bustle that goes on at the flower mart when the rest of the city is still dark and sleepy, and of course some of the views that I encounter at sunrise on my drive back are just spectacular. tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

I usually don't plan the type of arrangements I am going to do for my events until I actually go to the flower mart, as it is a great source of inspiration in and of itself. Every season of the year I can find amazing varieties of flowers and greens. Above all, everyone that I encounter at the flower mart is always very pleasant and helpful. Over time, several vendors have become part of my regular rounds, either because their selections fit with my floral design style, or simply because I enjoy chatting with them. One of the first places that I stop is J & J Nursery.

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Mr. Garcia is another awesome guy to see at the flower mart. He knows quite a lot about flowers and plants and I just like him. I often buy my fruit branches and blossoms when they are in season from Garcia Greens.

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Torchio Nursery is another wonderful place to find pretty much everything that you need - from garden roses to water lilles, succulents and geranium - they have it all. They too are quite friendly and helpful. I always make sure to visit the flower mart on days that I know they are there - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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Brannan Street is another absolutely marvelous place to explore. After having visited New York's Flower District for a wedding I did on Long Island last summer, I decided that I would have everything shipped from West Coast to East Coast and Brannan Street did it all. They shipped the most beautiful flowers in perfect packaging and everything I asked for was there. In addition, I have a favorite person who I see there. He is most pleasant and we have become friends.

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Last but not least is Florist-at-Large, which often has the most unusual stuff. I make sure to pay them a visit every time I am there, and if nothing else, I get to chit-chat with the owner, Vicky.

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All photography by Heather Zweig for Naked Bouquet.