Here at JDFW HQ we’re developing a bit of a washi tape crush. You know what it’s like, the inexpensive reels of decorative masking tape get displayed for decorative purposes on your shelf. They look beautiful, but you don’t use them.
The other day I was hurrying out of the library when a book caught my eye. Bizarrely, it’s one that a day or so earlier I’d noticed the author tweeting about. And the book? It’s Decorate for a Party by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring*. It’s glorious – much more than just a flower arranging book – and is packed full of ideas. The project that caught my eye showed flower stems wrapped with washi tape.
HOW TO WIRE A GERBERA
Have you noticed when you see a gerbera in a bud vase at your local café or bar that it’s been wired? You know, a floristry wire has been wrapped around the stem to support the flower head, so it doesn’t nod over. I think this is probably the first wiring technique that I ever learnt. You need to hold your flower in one hand – with its head resting between your first and second fingers and your thumb gently placed on top of your flower. Then, using your other hand, you need to pierce your wire into the base of the flower head (on the underside), and twist the wire right the way down your stem. Once mastered, it’ll only take you seconds to do.
Inspired by Holly and Leslie I decided to use this technique but using orange craft pipe cleaners. Being bold with your wires not only supports your delicate flower heads, but is decorative as well.
HOW TO TAPE A GERBERA
From there, it’s an easy step to taping your flower stems. The trick here is to work with your tape pulled out at an angle, so that as you twist your flower stems the tape ‘travels’ down the stem, rather than winding round and round in the same place. Although gerberas are quite delicate flowers, their lovely smooth, straight stems make them easy to work with – compared to the knobbly stems of chrysanthemum, for instance.
ARRANGING YOUR FLOWERS
Once decorated you could display your gerberas singly in their own vases or arrange them all together in one vase, with some undecorated gerbera mixed in.
I’d love to hear how you use washi tape in your flower arranging – leave me a comment in the box below.
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