It’s definitely possible to create a romantic vignette on a shelf or mantel without being too mushy and over the top. Today I have 5 ideas for you, using what you might already have on hand and a little bit of ingenuity to change the looks shown here to your own…
Not everyone collects vintage trophy cups, but I have a few and love to use them for displaying flowers. On my mantel I mixed them with some simple pieces of silverplate from the thrift store. Some are shiny and some are tarnished and I love the way that the finishes all look mixed and mingled. I added a few roses to each, some books that I stained and rumpled up. Read more about that process. I made a garland with some pink and cream pom poms that were left over from vintage drapery panels. The poms were cut off one by one (tedious but worth it) and then strung on some fishline…
Speaking of glass jars, I removed the roses from the silver containers in this look and placed them into a variety of glass. The center jar is the largest and then the smaller jars are on the sides. While it’s true that the roses are peachy pink and the jars more of a true pink I’m not afraid to mix the two and it all flows. I painted the jars pink and more here…
Tin cans are another household item that can be reinvented into something lovely…
I spray painted the cans with a couple of different colors of paint in an ombre effect…
You can do this with any color…maybe aqua for Spring…
Obviously these don’t match each other but they compliment. You can collect individual pieces of china from thrift stores or yard sales and don’t overlook chipped pieces that are fine for flower arranging, as I talked about recently…
If I know that my flowers are going to be tossed soon and I want an arrangement that will last just for a party or for the day, I cut the stems short and just plop them down on the mantel, table, shelf…etc. Sometimes I’ll mix fresh garden greenery into them and create a table garland. That can really stretch out the floral budget!
I love this look the best and it takes just minutes to do something like this in a pinch…
There are some great floral arranging books out there and it’s a good way to start or be inspired by studying what the pros do.
Have a great week ahead!
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