Gerbera daisies create a brilliant splash of color when used in bouquets and centerpieces, no matter what the occasion. These sturdy flowers also last a long time, so your creations can be enjoyed long after the special event is over. With the wide range of colors, from pastels to brights, you are sure to find just the right shades to match any occasion.
Gerbera Daisy Bouquet
Select about six Gerbera daisies. You can use more flowers, or fewer, depending on what size bouquet you want to create. Choose all one color or mix and match colors.
Arrange the flowers in your hand until you're pleased with how they look. Place taller Gerberas in the center and slightly shorter ones around the outer edge of the bouquet. Cut the ends of the stems evenly straight across once you've arranged the flowers to your liking
Tie the Gerberas together by wrapping the stems with floral wire. Wrap the wire from the top of the stems to the bottom.
Wrap green floral tape around the stems to cover the wire. Wrap the tape down the stems, pull up over the bottom of the stems and wrap back up to the top. Cut off any excess tape.
Cut a piece of 2-inch-wide satin ribbon to a length that is twice as long as the Gerbera stems. Hold one end of the ribbon against the top of the stems underneath the flower heads. Wrap the rest of the ribbon down the stems to the bottom. Pull the ribbon over the bottom of the stems and wrap back up to the top. Secure the loose end of the ribbon with a floral pin pushed through the ribbon into the stems.
Gerbera Daisy Centerpiece
Select a clay flower pot that is about 4 inches in diameter. Any size will work, depending on how large you want the centerpiece to be.
Saturate a piece of floral foam in water for three to five minutes. Set the foam aside on a dish drainer to let the excess water drain out. Place the soaked foam inside the clay flower pot.
Select about a dozen Gerbera daisies to make your centerpiece. The number of flowers used will depend on the size of the centerpiece. Cut the flower stems to approximately 3 to 4 inches in length, making sure to cut at a 45-degree angle. This allows them to soak up the water from the foam better.
Push the stems into the foam, starting in the center and working out toward the sides. Place the daisies close together to form a full, dense centerpiece.
Place a handful of Spanish moss over the top of the flower pot to hide the foam. Cut three to four pieces of raffia 12 inches long. Holding all the pieces together, wrap around the top of the flower pot and tie into a bow in front.
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