floral tape & rings |
fresh flowers - part 1 |
fresh flowers - part 2 |
fresh flowers - part 3 |
ribbons & bows |
dried & permanent flowers |
glue, tape & adhesives |
painting work |
flowers tips |
flower care |
Mylar balloons that are
broken can be made into balloon weights when filled with gravel and tied
with a pretty curling ribbon
Use a heated curling iron to
seal Mylar balloons.
A regular iron, set on the
highest setting, will repair broken Mylar or with pin-hole leaks at the
You can send another balloon
up to get an escaped balloon. A long string with double sided tape
attached to the balloon adheres to the escaped balloon.
Use broken or discarded
molars for gift bags as an alternative to gift wrap.
Use empty tape rings to make
a wristlet for a corsages by gluing fresh or dried flowers onto the empty
Use empty tape rings to tip
carnations with paint. Bring the empty ring tightly around the flower,
compressing the petals from underneath, than spray with the desired color.
The plastic floral tape ring
can be made into a coordinating pew marker for weddings to designate
reserved seating. Glue flowers to the floral tape ring, cut the bottom of
the ring and slip over the top of the pew.
Use empty rings as handles
for balloons for children who are giving a balloon as a gift.
Wrap floral tape by itself,
no wires, to give a free flowing look to flowers in bridal work or to add
movement to any cascade style of arrangement.
Use floral tape by itself,
no wire, to create a string tie that will adhere to itself, for securing
bear grass or other fresh items; works especially well when the tie will
Gerbera stems can be wired
and wrapped with light green tape for greater stability and line movement.
Insert wire directly inside
pompon stems from the bottom for greater stability when inserting into
firm foam bases or styrofoam for set pieces.
Insert a wire directly
inside the bachelor button stem from the bottom to create stability.
Cut small 1/4"slit on tulips
stem right below the petals in a horizontal fashion to straighten them up
and close them.
Dip the ends of cut wedding
flowers and foliages in Oasis glue before placing in bouquet holders for
Cut drumstick allium under
mouthwash to prevent them smelling like onions.
Dip the ends of cut wedding
flowers and foliages in Oasis glue before placing in bouquet holders for
Glue a chenille stem into
the throat of a butterfly orchid for a better hold in bouquet or corsage
Tear all the outer petals
off damaged or wilted gerberas to create fantasy flowers.
Save broken flower heads in
plastic ice trays. The cubed sections filled with water will keep the
blossoms from becoming water logged.
Toothpicks can be placed
directly through carnations or pompons for quick coverage on set pieces.
To cover water spots where a
white cattalaya orchids has gone transparent, carefully dust the areas
with white talcum powder.
Wet scissors before trimming
a plants brown edges to help prevent re-browning f the edges.
Use-1 part Johnson's Wax
with two parts water for dipping foliage. Allow to dry. This prevents
leather leaf and other foliages from wilting. Do not use a wax containing
The same can be done for
evergreen wreaths, swags and cuts to make them keep longer.
Get out ground-in pollen
with a Wisk and Biz paste. Apply to the area then toss in with the regular
Save the nets off your mums
to place over tulips to help keep them from blowing open too fast.
Always removes the sleeves
on roses when processing and hydrating. Leaving the sleeve on causes
Open lilies by holding them
from water for two to three hours, then process normally. This will cause
the buds to open far quicker than normal processing.
To get foliage stains out of
washable fabrics, try blotting or sponging the stain with one part alcohol
to two parts water and rinse. If the stain persists, try applying hydrogen
Use a potato masher for
stripping rose leaves when processing
Spray the back of a
cymbidium orchid with flat white paint to eliminate the transparent look.
The white will also intensify the color of the purple, yellow or green
Phalaenopsis orchids can
"blush" with color when you spray their back side with tint sprays, pink,
blue or yellow.
To open calla, make a circle
of white chenille about the size of a quarter, or a little larger.
Hand-open the calla, push the chenille circle almost to the base, keep it
Remember to store evergreen
in a cold, dark room, not your cooler, as evergreen gives off ethylene
gases that promote the death of cut flowers.
Cut stephanotis individually
and place in a thin sheet of wet foam. Cover the blossoms with tissue and
mist until the tissue adheres to the stephanotis. Seal the whole set up in
a plastic bag. They will keep for at least a week and the florets will
stay crisp and fresh.
Leave cellophane wrappers on
tulips when hydrating to retain the straight stem.
Hold peonies by wrapping in
wet newspaper and holding dry in the cooler.
Open peonies by wrapping in
wet newspaper and placing in a bucket in the cooler. This causes them to
open slowly and with more uniformity.
Pixie sparkle makes greens
last longer, makes sprengeri soft and less thorny, makes cut ivy last
longer, and makes flat fern have a vase life of one week.
Submerge dendrobium and
cymbidium orchids in cool water for 30 minutes for processing. Do this to
revive them too.
Check cooler humidity as
well as cooler temperature regularly.
Use a curling iron to crisp
up wrinkled bows
Braid old wrinkled ribbon
into pretty cording.
Use a bow as a gluing base
for wrist corsages, pan melt it on to the wrist corsage base, then attach
tulle, beads, gems etc.
Use wired ribbons as an
Use wired ribbon as a base
for a shoulder corsage.
Prepared baby breath or
angelace can be stored in the cooler to keep it softer and more pliable.
Steam dried flowers to get
them to open and fluff more and make them more pliable to use. Ad a
handful of salt to the water before steaming.
Take leftover roses at the
end of the week ad hang them upside down to create our own dried.
To unwind paper ribbon, soak
in water for 10 or 15 minutes. It will retain its color and wrinkles.
Drape over a door or cabinet and let dry.
Fabric softener, diluted
half and half with water, sprayed on dried with a muster bottle, make them
softer and more pliable.
When drying red roses that
have opened too far, dry them upside down. Before hanging them up, spray
the roses with Floralife's Shocking Pink. When they dry, they will not
look black but even more red.
Clean up your edges. Run a
butane lighter quickly over the edges of frayed silks, careful not to hold
the lighter in one place too long.
For a latex look on foliage,
spray glossy wood tone and while it is still wet, put baby powder on it
and shake off.
Dried roses can be opened by
holding them over steam and blowing them open. This works also for
When you want to bend a
dried leaf or stem ,hold it over steam and bend.
Use a fabric steamer to put
life back into fabric flowers by steaming them lightly before removing
them from bags.
To achieve a very shredded
look, use a kensan to shred the raffia by combing it between your thumb
and the pins.
To freshen older preserved
product, mist with a glycerin and water solution and refrigerate.
WD-40 cleans up Oasis glue.
It can be used to clean tables, containers and your hands.
.WD-40 on glue guns prevents
strings from forming.
Spray water on hot glue to
make it dry faster.
When you burn yourself with
hot glue, take a piece of an aloe plant, split it open and place directly
on the burn. Hold in place with a Band Aid for 24 hours.
Put a disposable plate under
your glue pan or glue gun to make clean-up easy.
Combine Oasis glue and pan
melt for better holding quality. Coat the surface to be glued with Oasis
and allow to dry, then pan melt as usual. This will increase the holding
strength of the glues.
Use Lomey Floral Lock Stem
Adhesive as a part of your daily routine to securely hold flowers in place
in fresh or dry foam.
Terra cotta pots and saucers
can be water-proofed quickly by using boat resin.
Use rubber cement thinner
from an office supply store to thin Oasis glue.
Use WD-40 to remove spray
adhesive, pine tar and eucalyptus residue from your hands without taking
off your fingernail polish.
To remove hot glue from
clothing, including silk, place a brown paper bag over the exposed area,
press with a hot iron on the brown bag. The glue will transfer to the
bag. Repeat as many times as necessary. Do this before cleaning.
When opening a new can of
spray paint, point the nozzle opening to the black dot on the can rim.
This increases the volume of paint you are able to get out of each can.
When paint a basket or dried
materials, spray the first coat with silver, then your next coat with the
color of your choice. This will seal material and save you several coat of
Mist a container with water,
spray with a desired color of paint, then wipe off the container. This
provides a simulated marbling effect.
Whitewash over any color
makes it softer.
Place a plastic bag over
your hand when spray-tinting items. Saves the hands and manicure.
Yellow tint on pink
carnations results in a wonderful talisman color.
Spraying yellow tint on
lavender cymbidium orchids results in lovely bronze colors.
To revive the natural color
in mosses, mix yellow and green food coloring together in a water mister
and spray on mosses.
Silk flower colors can be
enhanced using spray tints or paint spray color on the underside of the
flowers, thus avoiding a "painted" look. Tints are even better as you are
using a transparent color.
Black tint from Design
Master darken a color gently and subtlety.
To make Spanish moss lock
fresh and alive, spray with bright yellow tint. This turns the moss into a
nice shade of green.
If spray paint will not
stick to plastic, spray on one coat of silver and paint on top of the
Blue bri-tint sprayed on
purple statics gives a rich, royal blue accent.
When using spray paints or
dried materials, use a heavy coat of Vaseline Intensive Care on your
hands. Not only will your hands hold up better, but also paint and dirt
will come off a lot easier.
To make a wedding bouquet
stand up in the cooler or delivery, flue empty nylon tulle net rolls into
the bottom of a box.
Use pint size Ziploc bags to
store silk corsages leaves.
Instead of leaf polish, use
Clear Glaze on ivy and preens in wedding work. Leaf polish can stain
dresses, as it is oil based.
When working with gardenias
and stephenotis, wet your hands, because it's the oil on your hands that
turns the flower brown.
Recycle spray paint caps for
use as a fresh flower holder on cake tops.
For weddings, have the
ushers reserve the pew immediately behind the family for special guests,
or other VIP's who are not seated in the family section.
Mix real lemon and water
equal parts, and spray on gardenias or white roses to prevent browning.
Ribbon streamer ends will
not fray if ends are sprayed with Super Surface Sealer.
When using tulips in an
arrangement or bridal bouquet let the tulips sit outside the cooler until
the desired opening up of the flower has reached the stage you are
wanting. At that point, dip the head of the tulip in egg white and this
will prevent the flower from opening any more.
Use Clorox in baby breath
buckets. Add one tablespoon per gallon along with your regular
preservative to prevent bacteria from closing the blossoms.
Use a drop of dish soap on
water when processing baby breath, and keep covered with plastic at all
times, after process and in the cooler.
Use proper amount of
preservative recommended on the preservative container. If you are using
too much or to little, you are shortening the flower life.
Fresh cut daffodils can
cause other flowers to expire when combined in the same vase
Place snapdragons in
straight antifreeze for two hours then in regular preservative water to
keep them from dropping blossoms.
When misting roses, moisture
that is trapped inside the blossom will promote rotting in the cooler
Cutting stems underwater
when hydrating flowers and processing guarantees longer vase life.
Keeping tropical flowers out
of the cooler will retain the color and prolong lasting quality.
If phalaenopsis orchids are
limp, prepare basin of very hot water. Place single orchids in the basin
upside down and leave until the water cools. The orchids will become hard
again. This will not work on old phalaenopsis that have become
transparent, only on fresh orchids that have lost their water resource.
To keep leather leaf crisp
and fresh, submerge it in cold water for 20 minutes. Re-cut your
stems about 1/2 inch and place in a bucket of warm water. Immediately
cover the bucket with plastic bag and place in the cooler. This allows the
heated water to create condensation in the plastic and will keep the
leather fresh and crisp for weeks.
Dry bunn moss can be
reawakened by pouring boiling water over it.
Use floral preservatives
daily to prolong shelf life of flowers and ensure proper bud opening
Crowning Glory will enhance
the shelf life of your fresh floral products. Simply spray on fresh
flowers and foliage to retard deterioration and browning, and retain
moisture of fresh materials.
hollow-stemmed flowers, turn the stem upside down, fill with preservative
water, put soaked cotton in the end of the stem to keep the solution
inside, then place in bucket of more preservative solution.
Place one capful of white
vinegar in warm water and re cut the stem of gerberas. Place in solution
for several hours. Stems will become very turgid. Re-cut and place in
preservative solution and refrigerate.
To condition woody flowering
branches, re cut with good pruners at an angle, then make a vertical cut
into the center of the stem about one inch. This helps in water
Do not refrigerate
Use full strength lemon
juice misted on gardenia blossoms to prevent them from browning.
When processing fresh iris,
fill buckets with ice or ice water mixture, this allows them to harden
faster and promotes longevity.
Petroleum jelly is great for
removing pine tar from hands.
Never remove all the foliage
on chrysanthemums - the leaves are beneficial in drawing water to the
Treat cut apples with lemon
juice to keep them from turning brown.
When combining dried
materials with fresh flowers in wet foam, place dried material stems in
plastic drinking straws to keep the stems from becoming damp and moldy.
To crystallize fresh
flowers, have a syrup made of one cup water and two cups sugar. Stir,
allowing to simmer for about five minutes. Place flowers in syrup,
carefully. Remove and allow to dry.
To crystallize grapes and
strawberries, dip in slightly beaten egg white and sprinkle with fine
Brittle dried foliage can be
softened with Vaseline Intensive Care lotion.
Cutting tin foil with
scissors will sharpen it.
Press leaves and flowers and
create book markers or greeting cards.
Keep kitty our of plants by
putting lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit juice on the planter.
Dig your fingernails into a
bar of soap and build up a heavy amount under your nails before starting
to plant a planter, it makes for easy clean up and your nails won't get
dirt embedded under them.
To keep fresh tulips closed,
paint with unbeaten egg whites.