Bring In the Luck of the Irish with Unique St. Patrick’s Day Decorations

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, 2013 and what better way to decorate your house, than with this easy to make DIY St. Patrick’s Day floral arrangement!

DIY St Patricks Day Flower Arrangement

Materials Needed for DIY St. Patrick’s Day Flowers:

  • Large head of cabbage
  • 6 green carnations
  • 6 stems of bells of Ireland
  • 2 stems of montecasino (which has long side shoots)
  • A small piece of floral foam
  • Paring knife
    • (Kids, please make sure you have parental supervision before using this item)
  • Plastic cup

8 Steps on How to Create Your DIY St. Patrick’s Day Flower Arrangement

  1. Buy one large head of cabbage and a few potatoes at your local supermarket.
  2. Go to your local florist and buy 6 green carnations, 6 stems of bells of Ireland and 2 stems of montecasino (which has long side shoots), and a small piece of floral foam.
  3. Carefully cut out the top of the cabbage (about 2” by 2”) with a paring knife, at least 2” deep.
  4. Cut a plastic cup that will fit into the hole, but make sure it is at least 1/2″ above the opening in the cabbage.
  5. Place the soaked foam into the cup so that the foam is at least 1” higher than the cup.
    Note: Make sure to use the plastic cup because the floral foam and cabbage together are not aroma friendly.
  6. Starting at the top, place your first bell of Ireland into the floral foam (about 1-1/2 times the height of the cabbage). Continue to add the bells in a triangular shape.
  7. Next, add in your green carnations.
  8. For filler, use the lateral or side shoots to complete your arrangement to make it fuller.

Optional: As you can see, we added some potatoes alongside our arrangement, so feel free to accent your St. Patrick’s Day flowers with some potatoes at the base of the cabbage.

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Jerry Rosalia, Floral Consultant & Florist Relations

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With over 60 years of floral industry experience, Jerry Rosalia was born with a green thumb. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Jerry is a third generation florist, and has been with for 31 years. With a smile on his face, Jerry lends his floral expertise to florists around the country through Bloomnet, 1800Flowers' floral wire network, in addition to writing for Petal Talk. In his spare time Jerry enjoys spending time with his family, being an Usher at his church, as well as eating out, bowling, gardening, and watching sports.

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