One of the most iconic features of the Tuscan countryside has got to be the sunflower. I enjoy seeing pictures of the rolling Italian hillsides covered in fields of these giant happy flowers. The Italians love to decorate their living spaces, indoors and out, with vivid colors of flowers. This past winter, I set out to create an easy but beautiful floral design that uses silk sunflowers in Tuscan style. This arrangement brings a smile to my face every time I see it, and brightens up any dull corner of the house any time of the year. Watch the short video, and follow along for instructions on how to create your own.
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1. Gather & Organize Supplies: To get started, you need to get your “stuff” together. Here’s a list of supplies I used for this project:
Wire Cutters & Pruners
5 Silk Sunflowers, Long Stems
3 Silk Hydrangeas
3 Silk Chrysanthemums
Sticks (for filler)
Small Filler Flowers
1 Large Vase
2. Select Your Vase or Container: Choose a style and size that is the right scale for your project. How tall are your flowers? Select a container that is about one-third to one-half the height of your final design. I repurposed an opaque green glass vase I had by spray painting it with a burgundy color to better coordinate with my decor. If your final design will be large, you may need to weight the vase by adding heavy elements into the bottom. For my design, I used landscaping sand. The sand is perfect for keeping the flower stems in place, and it adds the right amount of weight so the vase doesn’t tip over once all of the flowers are added.
3. Add Flowers. I have three varieties of flowers in my main design, so I started with the sunflowers. One by one, I checked the height, and adjusted the stem length by trimming with wire cutters. I staggered the heights to add variety to the design. I poked the stems into the sand, layering the flowers in levels that seemed attractive. I repeated the process with the Hydrangeas, and then the Chrysanthemums. Once I had added all of the main flowers, I adjusted them by bending the stems, the leaves and the flower heads to unify the appearance of the arrangement. My arrangement was designed to sit on a table against the wall, or on the fireplace hearth, so it needed to be attractive from three sides. I adjusted the flowers until the arrangement looked pleasing from several angles.
4. Add Filler: I used a variety of extra pieces as filler including birch sticks, silk and plastic leaves, small flowers, and berries. These work to fill in any blank spaces in the design, and soften the look of the bare stems. I added pieces here and there to add variety and interest, but not enough to be overwhelming.
5. Add seasonal greenery: This step is optional, but since it was the Christmas season, I decided to go one step further and add Christmas tree cuttings to my design. This made it fuller, and tied the typically summer design into my winter decor. I can swap out other seasonal branches and leaves in the spring for added variety.
Presto! My Tuscan sunflower arrangement was done! Just find the perfect spot for your design, and enjoy!
Have you crafted your own Tuscan flower arrangement? I’d love to see it! Feel free to post your pictures and comments.