Monday, May 2, 2011

Romantic Rose Box

I took another trip down to the flower market this weekend and picked up some beautiful coral-colored roses and some bells of Ireland for filler.  I planned on throwing them together in a clear vase for a simple look, but as you can see, I ended up with something completely different.  The best part?  This arrangement didn't cost me much at all!  If you like it, here's how you can make one too:

You will need:
  • 9 to 12 roses or a similar flower with a thick stem 
  • 4 stems of bells of Ireland or moss
  • 1 large square of floral foam. It must be the kind you soak, not the kind used for silk flowers.  I've used Oasis Floral Foam in my example.  It can be purchased at most craft stores for around $3.00 
  • 1 box of your choosing, preferably with a plastic liner. If you don't have a plastic liner, you can use a piece of tupperware in a similar size to your box.  In my example, I've used a box purchased from the discount rack for $4.00 at a Michael's craft store.  It came with it's own plastic liner. 
  • Scissors

  1. Cut the block of floral foam so that it fits tightly inside of your box 
  2. Then soak the block in a bowl of water.  You'll know it's done soaking after it sinks and then floats to the surface again. 
  3. While your block soaks, cut the stems of your roses or preferred flower so that the stems measure 3 to 4 inches. 
  4. Remove your block from the water and place inside of your box.  Your plastic liner will prevent any water damage so be sure that it's already inside the box when you transfer the floral foam into it. 
  5. Once the block is secured inside of the box, you can start poking your flowers into the floral foam. In my example, I've created three rows of roses, though a scattered arrangement would look beautiful as well.
  6. After securing the flowers, snip the blooms from your bells of Ireland and place all around your flowers, creating a border effect.  If you're using moss, you'll have less of a border and more of a soft edge.  Just be sure to cover any areas where the floral foam may be showing. 
  7. Enjoy your creation!

The front view.  The white tablecloth underneath helps
to draw out more color.
Surprise!  The back of the box. 
Front view again sans pretty white tablecloth. 

I shared this DIY guide at:

Craft Couture


  1. I LOVE it!! So simple, elegant, and chic! In a series (of 3), could make a wonderful & simple table centerpiece. I'm also loving the "Bells of Ireland" and the color you chose for your roses and this container! VERY well done! Thanks for sharing your project!

    :D Lynda

  2. This is such a pretty centerpiece, I love how tight the arrangement is. I'd love for you to stop by my blog sometime,