By now, you’ve probably found out that conventional flower arrangements are rarely featured on this blog. There are hundreds of other sites that showcase “regular” creations, so I don’t need to duplicate their efforts. I’m more interested in exploring more free directions and raising a few eyebrows along the way. I broke a few more minor rules while putting together today’s offerings. Either the container is challenging or the contents will give you a double-take.
This Spanish glass snifter vase seems more like a terrarium to me than anything else. It was time to trim some dead growth and tweak an earlier version of this. I completely removed the old plantings and dirt. A good scrubbing and polishing revived the vase. I added some fresh, light colored sand as the base for the succulent and cactus inhabitants. The micro-mini environment is fun and portable.
Decent, campy, vintage plastic flowers are much more difficult to find than you’d imagine. Usually, all I can find are faded, broken, limp flowers with plenty of parts missing from the bunch. I literally laughed out loud when I spotted these 1970s mod style plastic beauties at the Goodwill Store. They were filthy with attic residue, but intact. At home, I soaked them in a solution of dishwashing detergent and cold water. After the rinse, I was pleasantly rewarded with what you see here. I decided to place them into my stainless steel flower pot to complete the composition.
A clever, clear plastic container from an old Teleflora gift presents a clean medium for the imagination. This one was molded with space between the well and the exterior. It reminds me of the construction of insulated, plastic picnic mugs. There’s about a half-inch of room between the “well” and another clear plastic insert to place thematic material. In this case, By shear luck, I found some leftover gift-wrapping paper that just happened to match the flowers I’d planned to use. It would be nice to have more of these pots in different sizes to use for other projects. A person could fill the inner containers with just about any material. Creating the flower planter is as much fun as placing the flowers inside of it.
Thinking outside of convention is a good way to expand the mind in many ways.
The Blue Jay of Happiness is still on the lookout for more campy, plastic blooms.