No matter what the occasion, flowers make the perfect present. They are bright, colorful, aromatic and always welcomed by the recipient. Flowers symbolize love, care and friendship, and can be used for Mother's Day, weddings, Valentine's Day, birthdays, anniversaries or any occasion. They are presented as beautiful arrangements for centerpieces, or in a decorative box beautifully wrapped and tied with a ribbon. Whatever method you select, the flowers you present are sure to win the heart of the recipient and convey your message.
Select your flowers. Make sure they are long-stemmed and fresh. You can choose roses, carnations, lilies, sunflowers, gerbera daisies, gladiolas or any other type that you or the recipient likes. Also purchase some fillers such as several stems of baby's breath or ferns that will structure the flowers and give the arrangement a greener and fuller look.
Purchase a long, white cardboard box from a craft, hobby or florists store. These are rectangular boxes specially made to contain long-stemmed flowers. Slide your hand inside the box if it is sold flat to bring it into shape. You will have to crease the folds so it retains its shape.
Line the base of the box with several sheets of white or colored tissue paper. If using colored paper, select it to complement the colors of the flowers. Make sure the paper overlaps the edges of the box. If the box is longer than the size of the paper, cut some sheets with sharp scissors and line your box accordingly.
Hold your flowers and arrange them according to the size of the box. Trim any excess stem to make sure they fit perfectly. Decide whether you want all the flowers the same length or of varying lengths, and cut them accordingly. Also place the greenery around the edges of the flowers and in the back.
Lower the arrangement into the box to make sure it fits and the lid closes easily. While you do not want an empty-looking box, one overfilled with flowers is not aesthetically pleasing either. Make necessary adjustments by adding or removing flowers. Once satisfied with the arrangement, tie a length of tape several inches below the flower heads, and then again several inches above the ends of the stems of the arrangement to hold it together.
Adjust any protruding flowers carefully by placing them into the box, and fold the overlapped edges of tissue paper over the flowers so they are covered. Do not press the tissue paper hard as you could crush or break delicate petals.
Replace the lid on the box. Cover the box in wrapping paper, or knot a wide bow in the center of the box with decorative ribbon.