Garden Corsages for Mom

I asked my mom what I could make her for Mother's Day, and she said that she would love a corsage that she could pin to her dress. Rather than make just one, I thought it would be fun to make a few and have her pick which one she would want to wear this coming Sunday. After looking in my garden, I picked a bunch of different flowers - roses, geranium, camellia, lavender, mock orange, hellebore, hydrangea, clematis, and some tiny flowers from one of the succulents. You can use anything that you'd like for a corsage, so please don't feel constrained by the selections noted.

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A selection of garden flowers tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

A pretty ribbon really makes the corsage, and I keep a big basket in the closet containing a wide variety of widths, colors, and styles. If you are into crafting at all, I'd encourage you to stop by your local craft store and pick up a selection - you can always find uses for it. tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Making a corsage is easy - and doesn't require more than a few flowers (and greens, if desired) tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Start with the greens, and then the flowers - making a small bouquet tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Use a small amount of floral tape to secure your bouquet, and then tie a bow with your ribbon tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

This could easily be used as a wrist corsage as well tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

I asked my mom to come and model - she loved them all and is still deciding on which one to pick tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood for Naked Bouquet

Mother's Day Floral Caddy DIY

I saw this drink caddy at Pottery Barn the other day and thought "how amazing would this be with the bottles (see below) replaced with flowers for Mother's Day". So, I promptly bought it and put together a really simple but gorgeous floral toolbox/caddy. The amazing pink garden roses really make this arrangement, and I know that my mom would love it. I love finding vessels for flowers that weren't originally intended as such, and I hope this will give you some new perspective on how just about anything can be used as a vessel. Give it a try!

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As intended by Pottery Barn (image courtesy potterybarn.com) Bronson Caddy / Pottery Barn

What you'll need:

  • Pink garden roses (or your mom's favorite color)
  • Lamb's ear
  • Snowberries
  • 6 8oz plastic cups (for each drink slot - not shown)

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Steps:

  1. Place the 8oz plastic cups in each drink slot of the caddy and fill with water
  2. Next, place the lamb's ear in each cup
  3. Trim and add the garden roses
  4. Finally, add the snowberries in a few spots - it doesn't have to be in each cup

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Credits:

Styling and floral design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao Bronson Caddy available at Pottery Barn

Corned Beef Box with Spring Flowers DIY

Happy Monday! My husband has an antique corned beef box that I've had my eye on for some time, and this past weekend I decided to act upon my urge and put together a spring arrangement using it as the vessel. Old containers, like the vintage cans from last week, make for great looking arrangements with a bit of eclectic flair. One doesn't usually associate corned beef and flowers, but I rather like the unexpectedness. You'll notice that box is just for aesthetics, and a glass (or plastic) container/vase must be placed inside. tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Beef...and flowers. tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

What you'll need: tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

I mistakenly left out one of the ingredients in the overview shot - agonis (leaves) - but you'll see them make an appearance in these next few shots.

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tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

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tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

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The white garden roses smell amazing, and I am enjoying this box in our breakfast room, where we spend most of our time.

Credits:

Thanks to Valerie Teele for the use of her lovely living room in the first picture. All photography by N. Underwood for Naked Bouquet