I’ve had this Southern Living at HOME Franciscan wall basket for many years. I’ve love the shape, color, and look of it. The floral arrangement that I put in it many years ago was never my favorite look and so it was always outside on my garden potting bench. Since moving to my new home almost two years ago, boy does time fly! I brought it into the master bathroom, toilet closet.
If fit perfectly on the wall above the commode, but once again the arrangement lack….well, that wow factor. Not to mention that some of the flowers had faded, actually they were the wrong color all together.
So I snapped my pictures, and took it down, once I had purchased the new flowers. As you can see, I am using more of the reds and I hope you’ll agree they really pop off of the wall color. Of course this is the master bathroom and the only ones who will really view them on a regular basis are me and my husband. But that’s okay as it will bring us joy.
Oh I’m sure your thinking, really joy to a man? Well he did notice something was missing when I took the basket down. He said to me just the other morning, “what happen to that picture?” Okay so it wasn’t flowers that he was missing, he just knew something was missing! He gets half a point for something being missing!
Back to the new flowers, which were all purchased at Michael’s and with the exception of the 3 stems of Orchids were all on clearance! Score!
To get a full look, I purchased a total of 9 stems of flowers and one bush plant. Even though I did not use the entire green plants, I just clipped off what I need to get a lush look to the container of flowers. You’ll always need the greenery as it’s there in nature and you want a natural lush look.
Because this is a metal basket which is open and visible, I covered the Styrofoam with various moss. Simply get the moss wet, cover the foam and slip into place.
From the outside of the basket, I had to tuck and push more moss to cover up the green foam. Not hard to do and completes the look from below.
To begin the floral arrangement, I took my fullest flowers, which were the Hydrangeas. Clipping them to length using wire cutting pliers, still not an easy task! What I normally do when trying to cut though the plastic of the stem to the wire, is put pressure on the pliers and wiggle the stem back and forth until I feel the wire snap. Simple cut the plastic with a scissor and you’re done.
Not very noticeable was the level in which I placed the Hydrangeas into the basket. It’s slight at best.
Next I grab the one Cabbage rose that I purchased and placed that in the center between the two Hydrangeas.
The Mums went in next and I wanted to accentuate both the top of the basket as well as the base of the basket. As much as I could I used the leaves that came with each flower and the thing about silk flowers is the use of wire so you can bend the leaves to give you the look you wish to achieve.
With the ivy plant bush, a wise choice to purchase as you have many stems from which to choose. I simply cut about 4 stems off, scooted the leaves up the stem, since I need them towards the top and not at the base of the stem or arrangement. I insert three of the stems right at the basket’s lip, to help conceal the foam from a view from the top of the arrangement. Once they were in place I move on to the fillers.
Now it’s time for the fillers, these are generally the smaller flowers, they add a touch of airiness to the arrangement, in this case I used these gorgeous Orchids with a touch of the reddish-orange color and the bright lime green. Each leave is spotted with some brown. Very striking, don’t you agree?
I also had these Belle flowers to add, a bit more challenging as this flower stem was more stalk like. Not a lot of bend and move ability . I ended up clipping them down to make more of them and to fit them in where I needed them to be.
Once I had the basket back up on the wall, I found one little spot that needed a bit more greenery and some I clipped one more stem from the ivy bush.
Finished, hung back on the wall, and I love the look! What do you think?