In the R&R tradition of keeping things simple, for this mason jar flower arrangement I sourced 2 of the ingredients (pittosporum and ivy) from my yard and grabbed a mason jar (which contained pasta sauce) from the pantry. The roses for this arrangement, called Marzipan, were fantastic; the petals went from soft green to cream to pink. I thought the soft variegated greenery for this arrangement paired perfectly with these roses.
When you’re choosing the greenery for your arrangements, keep the shades of green in mind. Do you want something soft and muted, like these variegated pittosporum and ivy? Or something bright, like the foliage on tulips? What about a rich dark green like you see on magnolia leaves? Sometimes, there are just too many choices! This should help narrow down the field when planning your arrangements.
THE ONE DOZEN ROSE CHALLENGE
FLORAL RECIPE NO. 4, RUSTIC MASON JAR FLOWER ARRANGEMENT
5 branches variegated pittosporum
5 long stems variegated ivy
1 mason jar (sans spaghetti sauce)
Define shape and size.
First, use the branches of pittosporum to outline, or define, the overall shape and size you want your arrangement to be. I cut my branches so the lowest leaves rested on the top of the vase; 3 stems around the edge vase.
Fill in to provide structure.
Now, fill in the open space in the vase with more pittosporum. These stems are going to help those gorgeous roses stay right where you put them.
Place your roses in the arrangement.
Notice where there are natural openings in the greenery; these are good places to start with your roses. You’ve filled a gap in the arrangement while leaving things soft and natural looking. Then, as you work your way around the vase, make little tweaks here and there as needed.
I grouped 3 roses on the front, 3 in the back, and one straight down into the top. Then, I went back and placed a few more pieces of pittosporum to give the arrangement a nice full look.
Add the light and airy pieces.
My ivy was perfect to give this tight little arrangement a looser feel. How long these pieces are is up to the style you choose. Mine are long and flowing for a more garden feel. But you may want to keep things a little more compact and just have a few ivy leaves floating above the pittosporum.
Let’s make sure we cover those mechanics!
One way you can give your arrangements a real professional look is to make sure your mechanics are covered. In this case, the mechanics we need to address is the edge of the mason jar. I just didn’t like the look of the threading for the lid at the top of the jar and this gorgeous silk ribbon did the trick. Another idea is to wrap a long piece of ivy around the top of the jar to create that perfect rustic feel for your mason jar flower arrangement.
Recently, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the C.C. Young Retirement Community here in Dallas, Texas. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to share The One Dozen Roses Challenge with some new flower friends. The ladies in my class had the best time and made the prettiest little flower arrangements; all with little more than a mason jar and a few roses. They were all excited to try something new and were so appreciative that someone took the time to spend with them. I had a wonderful time and I met some really lovely ladies!
Do you have a talent you think others might enjoy learning? Do you knit, cook, write, organize, or like to make flower arrangements? Consider giving a little lesson at your local nursing home. You don’t have to be an expert. These communities just appreciate your time, talent, and generosity. Just contact your local retirement community and ask to speak with their activities coordinator. They’ll be so happy to hear from you!