Spring has officially sprung and Easter is just around the corner. Time to break out the egg-dying kits, chocolate bunnies, and—most importantly— the fresh-cut flowers! Lisa Przystup of James’s Daughter Flowers recently joined us at the west elm Makers Studio to create this jaw-dropping arrangement, perfect as an Easter brunch centerpiece or just a beautiful reminder of the season. Get the full scoop on how to create your own below!
David Austen roses
Pear blossom branches
Medium-sized taller vase
Roughly a 5 x 5-inch square of chicken wire, the size will depend on the size of your vase. You want it to be large enough the fit snugly into the base of the vase after you shape it in a ball (see instructions below).
Wire cutters (for the chicken wire)
Flowers give shapes that happen on their own. At a certain point you have to just stand back, let go and trust. Things won’t always be exactly how you want. But therein lies the beauty.
1. Cut off a square of chicken wire a few inches long and create a ball in your hands that will fit into the bottom of the vase. Fill the vase with water. If the vase is made of clear glass, you can also make a grid pattern over the opening with the chicken wire and secure it with tape to keep it hidden.
2. Add greenery to establish an asymmetrical base, followed by your statement flower—these are the larger more show stopping blooms like roses, peonies, poppies etc. Use roughly three to five of each. Then add your secondary flowers—these fill the arrangement out and compliment the larger blooms.
3. Construct layers and build up. For example, cut one flower long and then trim another just shorter to rests right below the longer flower while simultaneously hiding the stem. Again, there are no hard and fast rules here. Some of the most beautiful arrangements have a lot of negative space and unruly stems sticking out here and there. The general idea is to keep the eye moving. There should be a natural movement to the arrangement that keeps it visually interesting.
4. How do you know it’s done? You just… do. When you start to fuss, walk away and return with fresh eyes.