The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

Easy floral arrangement using fruit & flowers.

A few days ago I posted my Mother’s Day Brunch wrap up and told you I’d be back with the simple way to make this centerpiece using store bought fruit and roses from my yard.

As promised:

Gather your supplies. In this case, roses and hydrangeas from my yard, an empty olive jar, a glass vase and tangerines.

Fill the jar with water and set it on the bottom of the glass vase.  Use the tangerines to wedge the jar in place and keep it stable.

Keep adding tangerines.  Toss in a few sticks if you want to. (I always want to… I love sticks!)

Start adding your flowers.

Take your finished arrangement and set it somewhere that makes you happy.

Be prepared to move it someplace else once your husband comes home from work and starts to complain because once again, you’ve put something tall on the coffee table and it will block his view of the TV if he decides to lay on the couch to watch it. (deep breath!)

Move it cheerfully, knowing that your husband has many wonderful traits that far outweigh his wacky notion that form should follow function.

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Tidy Mom



Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

May 12, 2011 at 1:33 pm
That turned out very pretty.

Maggie @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl said...

May 12, 2011 at 1:42 pm
So pretty! The colors are amazing...;)

CAS said...

May 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm
Very pretty and so fresh-looking. I love arrangement like this, simple but beautiful in all its naturalness.

Cherie said...

May 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm
soo pretty.
Gives me an idea for a giant hurricane vase I have.

Impulsive Addict said...

May 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm
This is beautiful! Can you make me one too? Kthanks.

Jennifer said...

May 12, 2011 at 2:36 pm
My husband complains about the same thing. I don't understand why he can't just sit in an awkward position so he can see around the tall decoration! ;)

Rebecca said...

May 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm
Beautiful! Thanks for the great how to & husband tip. ;)

Kelli said...

May 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm
I love that vase. I would have never thought to use a little vase/container on the inside to hold the smart. I love the pop of orange.

MiMi said...

May 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm
That looks SO pretty!
Never would've thouht of the olive jar in the middle.
Hey. Is that the chicken you almost defiled? And I see your pirated pears. :)

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

May 12, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Love that! :) Never would have though to put that tiny jar in the middle!

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

May 13, 2011 at 7:14 pm
Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial! I have tried similar arrangments of flowers and fruit but it never looked right. I think I will use your olive jar trick next time! Thank you!

Katherines Corner said...

May 13, 2011 at 10:04 pm
I love this it looks so fresh!Hugs.
P.S. I have your lovely blog on my cottages page at Katherines Corner :-)

Good Time Charlie said...

May 13, 2011 at 11:21 pm
I love how this looks, it makes me happy after a week of being deprived of my bloggy happiness. Favor, can you stick me in your link up party? I no see me.

Frugalicious said...

May 13, 2011 at 11:59 pm
Love the arrangement! I'd love for you to share it on my blog party too!

I too have not time for a blog!!! I'm nuts!
I can't wait to look at the rest of your pretties!
Following you girl!

At The Picket Fence said...

May 14, 2011 at 12:28 am
That combo of flowers and fruit is just divine! Absolutely gorgeous Vivienne. Thanks so much for sharing it at Inspiration Friday this week! :-)

Shawn said...

May 14, 2011 at 3:47 am
I've done something similar before with slices of lemons and limes but I had to buy my roses, no green thumb here!


Susan @ Busy at Home said...

May 14, 2011 at 3:52 am
Great idea to put a jar in there!

I am kinda jealous of your peonies and hydrangeas! How beautiful. I cannot get my hydrangeas to grow.

Popping over from tT&J!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

May 14, 2011 at 4:53 am
Hi V...

I love, love, LOVE this post, V! What a GRAND idea to use the small olive jar for water for your that! You come up with the greatest tips! My friend, your Mother's Day bouquet is simply how you used the tangerines! Not only is this a beautiful bouquet but I bet it smelled just heavenly between the flowers and tangerines! Thanks for sharing this with us!!!

Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

Kaitlin Saenz said...

May 15, 2011 at 8:40 am
Love the idea of putting a jar in the bottom with water so you can fill the rest with fruit! Genius! I'll be following you from now on!

Sharmin said...

May 15, 2011 at 1:22 pm
Beautiful! I may have to borrow your idea, but I don't have much in the way of flowers in my yard (thank you, deer!), but a cheap bunch from the grocery store should do the trick!

Kim @ It's a Crafty Life said...

May 15, 2011 at 11:20 pm
Love the use of fruit...I think I will use cherries! Thanks for the idea and for linking up! :-)

Shimi said...

May 16, 2011 at 2:49 am
Fantastic - love it. Found you at The Girl Creative and looking forward to linking up.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

May 16, 2011 at 3:36 am
Loving this style...I always love using fresh fruit!!!


Cozy Home Scenes said...

May 16, 2011 at 3:59 am
I love the fresh and spring like feel of your arrangement. Trust me, everyone woman who has a man in her house has heard them complain about something blocking the tv, even if they only watch that tv every one in a while. Have a great week!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

May 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm
This is so gorgeous! Now I can make a pretty centerpiece thanks to your tutorial :) Really appreciate you sharing this great post with us, and the other awesome posts you linked with us, at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

Honey at 2805 said...

May 18, 2011 at 12:09 am
That is a really great look!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

May 18, 2011 at 12:13 am
THANK YOU for finally explaining how to keep the inner vase, or jar, from moving all over the place! I totally understand how to do this now. Well done! I found your link at WUW and came for a visit. Hope you are having a great week...~Ann

Olive Cooper said...

May 18, 2011 at 12:25 am
Beautiful and thanks for the tutorial. I have the same flowers blooming now too.

Poppy said...

May 18, 2011 at 12:26 am
Wow!This arrangement looks so beautiful and summery and what a great way to bring color to the center of the coffee table.Thanks for the tutorial. I love the way you wrote about husbands complaining about tall things blocking view of the TV... I guess hubbies everywhere are all the same.. lol.Great post!Visiting from DIY by Design.~Poppy

Designs By Pinky said...

May 18, 2011 at 12:33 am
Gorgeous. I am a floral designer so appreciate this beautiful arrnagement! The pink roses look like peonies, they are spectacular!!!! XO, Pinky

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

May 18, 2011 at 12:37 am
What an elegent arrangement! Using the bright tangerines really makes it POP!
I'll remember this WOW!

Marnie said...

May 18, 2011 at 3:24 am
Really pretty, thanks for the tutorial and inspiration.
x Marnie

once in a blue moon said...

May 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm
beautiful, i have citrus trees and do the same, i never tire of vase of sunshine~

Phyllis said...

May 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm
Your floral arrangement is definitely one that I will be trying in my own home and today is the day that I will do this. AND you have one of those husbands who complain about the height of a decorative object on the coffee table.....I thought I had the only one and mine is too old to train differently....LOL!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

May 18, 2011 at 7:28 pm
These are cool too! I've seen this done for wedding centerpeices. very nice :)

Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday!

dusty@TheRedPolkaDot said...

May 19, 2011 at 9:23 pm
Great job, this looks so fabulous. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Miss Kitty said...

May 19, 2011 at 11:09 pm
Thanks for sharing that tip about the olive jar with water in it to keep the flowers happy amongst the fruit.
38. said...

May 20, 2011 at 6:06 am
Oh, that's how you do it! I had no idea, thanks for the tutorial.

Happy Inspiration Friday from your newest follower :O)

Jessica @ O. Alouette said...

May 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm
I absolutely love this! I did something similar with Valentine's candy and flowers in February but I love the fruit for summer.
Now following you :)

Sarah @ Sarahndipities said...

May 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm
This is so great! Thanks for sharing at Make Something Monday!!

~ Sarah

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

June 2, 2011 at 3:26 pm
Love your arrangement! Anything orange just makes me smile!

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Juf said...

June 25, 2011 at 7:08 am
Cute! I really liked the lime/calla's idea (which I saw on TT and J)but I'm not real fond of throwing away food after only using it for decoration. This one's great since you can still use the fruit later. Thanks for the ideas!

D. More said...

September 1, 2011 at 3:53 am
Very informative! I learn a new thing every day. Hope for more. Will be coming for more Midtown Manhattan Florist

D. More said...

October 5, 2011 at 6:13 pm
Very informative! I learn a new thing every day. Hope for more. Will be coming for more NYC Florist.

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