In the mood for some floral fun? We show you how to create your own spring flower arrangements…

Idea 1

You might recall, this was our 2011 Elle Decoration spring cover shot. We liked it enough to let it have second flowering, so to speak. Colour photocopy a picture of your favourite flower on A3 paper, roll it into a cone shape and insert the narrow end into a simple drinking glass. Create a row of these and you have a permanent arrangement that’ll never die.

Idea 2

Fake a terrarium with nature – inspired images (printed from the internet or photocopied out of an old illustrated botanical book). Place the pictures inside clear glass jars and turn the jars upside down.

Idea 3

Sketch your own botanical chalk drawings on a blackboard background.

How to: stick pressed flowers to a blackboard with black duct tape, then trace the outline with chalk. Take away the flowers. The silhouette remains.

Idea 4 (left)

Evoke interesting ceramic containers by spray-painting fruit juice cartons matte white. A single stem or green foliage complements the look.

Idea 5 (right)

Keep interesting or beautiful packaging (like this botanical paper bag from Stellenbosch shop, Nest) to wrap around the glass container – perfect for a single branch. Old glass bottles also make interesting vases.

Idea 6

Create your own 3D botanical wallpaper. Press flowers inside big, heavy books or in old telephone directories. Photocopy botanical prints out of old books and mount on a wall using double-sided tape. Tape the pressed flowers onto the botanical prints for a focal point in an entrance hall.

Idea 7 (left)

Place a drinking glass in a white mesh garlic bag to make a simple vase for wild flowers.

Idea 8 (right)

Turn old, dried-out bones that are open at one end only into unusual vessels. Their bleached texture looks great with wood. Pair with green foilage for impact.


Idea 9

Using a teapot and a floral tea cosy, let a sprig of berries or flowers in a colour that complements the floral fabric stick out through the spout.


Idea 10

Cluster vases and beautiful crockery together in a colour gradient around a single stem or a small bunch of flowers. Here, a collection of second-hand ‘Linware Beehive’ ceramic vases add visual interest.

For another batch of fresh ideas on how to mass country flowers, and to find special places to harvest your own flowers and berries in South Africa, get our Spring Issue No. 86, now on shelf.

Production – Joan Viljoen & Laureen Rossouw

Photographs – Inge Prins