Floral Friday – A Jewel Box Arrangement

Well, I took the advice of many of my readers and I am starting Floral Friday!

As I stated previously, I love making floral arrangements because the results

are simply smile makers!

So today, I bring you the first Floral Friday – A Jewel Box Arrangement.

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While strolling (or is it trolling) through the aisles of HomeGoods

looking for some Christmas pillows, I came across a table of pretty mirrored and glass

lidded boxes. One caught my eye as it was a great size and I anticipated

placing lots of pretties in it. So I filled it during the Holidays with strands

of gold beads and pretty ornaments. Today, I am presenting it with other pretties . . flowers!

I was asked if I could show a bit of a tutorial on how I go about making an arrangement.

So here you go!

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A plastic food container was the perfect size for the box.

I placed  floral foam that was soaked in water for about 30 minutes in the container.

Here are the flowers that I used for the arrangement.

Not all of the flowers and filler were used.

The remaining flowers and fillers were saved for another arrangement.

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I usually start with the filler, if needed, first.

The filler I used was the seeded Eucalyptus from Trader Joe’s.

I love the way it drapes and the movement of the stems.

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You can see that I also used some shredded material that is often used in

gift bags and baskets to use as a liner between the plastic container of floral foam

and the sides of the box.

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Because I chose 2 small bundles of a variety of flowers,

I took out the largest flowers, in this case hydrangeas, and placed them

where they would have the most impact . . . and yes, that is the Christmas tree

in the background. . . I am still de-Christmasfying!

So here’s the arrangement partially done and starting to take shape.

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Following the shape of the box, I began placing the flowers into the floral foam,

choosing the flowers I wanted as more of a focal point in the front

and filled in with some of the  pink roses.

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With 2 small bunches of assorted flowers at $3.99 each, a partial bunch of seeded eucalyptus,

and a partial bunch of pink roses, I was able to create this arrangement.

for less than $15.

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I love working with hydrangeas . . . as they do not have to be one large poof of a flower.

The stem has many stems of blooms at the top and I try to insert flowers in between

those stems, giving the look of multiple stems of hydrangeas in the arrangement.

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After I filled the box with the flowers,

I then began to trim the eucalyptus . . . clipping the leaves that I considered

excess and giving it a more airy look.

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The jeweled box was placed on a silver tray

with a long strand of pearlesque beads tied together with pretty gold wire.

The strand was actually found at Hobby Lobby in the ribbon department as trim.

I actually have a necklace very similar to this strand of “pearls and gold”.

Here is the top view of the arrangement:

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Not too long ago, I ordered this book by Charles Faudree

with Toni Garner,  Country French Floral Arrangements and Interiors.

I believe it was a closeout for a great price. It’s a great book!

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The arrangement was the starting point for the coffee table vignette

for the month of January. I wanted to keep the vignette simple

to go with the sweet and simple arrangement.

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Candlesticks from Pottery Barn  (Champagne Gold)

were placed on the table. Luminara candles by Balsam Hill.

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One candlestick placed on some vintage books to create more height

to bring the pair within the correct scale.

Hint: to create even more height . . . use the smaller candle on the taller candlestick,

and the larger/taller candle on the small candlestick.

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So there you have it . . . my first Floral Friday!

I am already thinking about the next arrangement.

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I surely hope this arrangement made you smile,

as it made THIS Shirley smile!

And speaking of smiling . . . if you haven’t already entered to win my book giveaway

of James T. Farmer’s “A Place To Call Home” . . . you can enter

by clicking here: A Place To Call Home – A Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive a copy of this amazing book

of Timeless Southern Charm. The giveaway ends Midnight, January 24th, 2018.

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Have a most beautiful day and weekend and don’t forget to make someone smile!

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  1. That is beautiful and I love it in the glass box. Great idea placing the plastic container within the box.
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  2. Beautiful!!! What a clever idea to use the shredded material to hide the plastic container. I love the colors you used in the arrangement. You have many talents.

  3. OH how beautiful! I am glad you are doing this new feature.
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  4. Amy Kaminski says

    I would have never thought of putting the plastic container in there first. I love this idea of you giving us a lesson every week or so. This is a beautiful arrangement and I look forward to learning more.

  5. Beautiful, looking forward to more of your floral ideas

  6. Norma Rolader says

    I love this glass box and the arrangement is gorgeous thank you so much for sharing

  7. So pretty, Shirley. Your glass box is the perfect container for such a happy arrangement. Love your selection of flowers and greenery. Yes, it certainly makes me smile and I know it adds much to any room you decide to locate it in.

    Enjoyed this post and look forward the next “Floral Friday.” Have a great weekend!
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  8. I am so happy that you decided to do a floral Friday! You are so talented, and I always admire your beautiful floral arrangements. This one is just stunning! I have been wanting to go to Trader Joe’s, and I may just have to brave the cold and go buy some fresh flowers. It is 18 here, and I think some pretty flowers would brighten the day! I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!!!
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  9. Shirley, I am going to love this series! Your arrangement is truly stunning and thank you for sharing a tutorial. The vignette adds happy on this gloomy and stormy Friday. I need to revisit my Faudree book. Happy Weekend!
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  10. Sharon Avinger says

    Magazine worthy!

  11. Well, his series will be a delight for me! You have inspired me to make more floral arrangements. I wish I could find flowers for such a low price. Even our grocery store flowers are high. I love the container and the use of the shredded material was brilliant. Have a fabulous weekend. I am just starting to undecorate today! But had to come see this while I ate my breakfast:)
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  12. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful arrangement Shirley!

  13. Terri SantaColoma says

    Clever way to hide the foam with excelsior. In New Orleans we often use Mardi Gras beads in the same manner. I wish I had your talent for flower arrangement. Beautiful!

  14. Shirley you are so talented! I love the flowers in the beautiful jewelry box and of coarse the picture with that amazing pillow! Have a happy day!
    xoxo Jo

  15. The arrangement is beautiful! Winter is a great time to dream about flowers in the garden so a lovely arrangement is a treat! I must take a peek at ‘Making a House a Home’, I love the title. Isn’t that what it’s all about when we take time to make our houses pretty?

  16. Just gorgeous, Shirley! I too have that book {because you gave me the heads-up!!} and love it. Your jewel box arrangement is stunning. But then everything you do is beautiful and lovely. Hope you have a beautiful weekend, friend. xoxo Lidy
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  17. Pretties! A beautiful floral arrangement is just what we all need as winter storms through so many states. Thanks for sharing and giving us some new ideas. Hugs, Pat
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  18. I love this post…Thank you for the day brightener as I sit iced in my home in Minnesota?
    You are so gifted wih a wonderful eye for design.

  19. Gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial.

  20. The arrangement is so beautiful and love the box, you made me smile.

  21. Love the flower arrangement,nice January pick me up. I saw the Christmas tree and just had to chuckle. With all that you did for Christmas,I am not surprised that it is still there..lol

  22. Sandy Park says

    Shirley, this arrangement is so light and airy and JUST BEAUTIFUL. Thank you for sharing how you created it.

  23. Just Beautiful! Looking forward to Floral Friday’s. You chose pretty colors for this rainy day! I love the beads/gold on silver tray! You have an eye for pretties!

  24. Shirley, thank you for the tutorial on making this beautiful arrangement. I will look forward to Fridays even more now. Have a happy weekend!

  25. I’ve have only been to the south once and lived the beautiful outdoors. The one thing that caught my attention was the Spanish mode I had never seen anything like it. I would love to go to the south again and see the cotton growing since that is so big in decorating now! Love your decor Shirley! Someday day I’m coming to see you!

  26. Just so lovely and pretty. Happy Friday and Happy Weekend.
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  27. So pretty! Thanks for the suggestion of the plastic container to hold the floral foam…leave it to you to make it simple for us! 😉

  28. Very pretty! Now I really want to go by Trader Joe’s to get some fresh flowers to make an arrangement! lol

  29. Your beautiful arrangement is just what we need during these cold, dreary days! Thanks for the instructions on how to create this arrangement. Now all I need is a Trader Joe’s!

  30. Shirley, this arrangement is STUNNING! And what great finds – both the glass box and the pearls with gold wire (I have a vintage necklace like it also). I think this is going to be a feature of yours I’m really going to enjoy. The whole vignette is really pretty and perfect for this time of year. It’s romantic.
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  31. Bobbi Duncan says

    Shirley, what a way to kick off your first floral Friday! I love the use of the lovely glass box–have seen them over the years and never thought to use them for arrangements. I can’t wait to see more and hope you’ll do some tutorials as well because you always come up with such great ideas. Hugs!

  32. What a beautiful arrangement Shirley and I love the jewelry box repurposed as a vase! Our Trader Joe’s is an hour+ away. You can’t beat the quality of their flowers or produce for the price!
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  33. Beautiful pink arrangement. I think that fresh flower arrangements are a necessity in the dead of winter. They bring life to our closed in environments. Thanks for sharing your tutorial!
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  34. Oh my goodness, this turned out so pretty! I just love arranging flowers for our home and it’s amazing what you can do with inexpensive bunches from the grocery store. Your little box is perfect.

  35. Wonderful! Love the step by step! Such a beautiful display….
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  36. I love the vintage look. You are very creative and resourceful. I wish I had those talents in me. Another bright idea! Thanks for sharing!

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