Cozy-cute fall bouquet
This Thanksgiving, floral designers are styling vibrant blooms and a mix of harvest pickings in felt-wrapped vases for warm, welcoming holiday bouquets. “Here, fuchsia and velvety red roses, purple asters and fluffy pink sedum combine with crisp leaves and crab apples, creating an eye-catching display,” says floral pro Kathy Shumac. “And the felt vase captures a cozy feel—it’s a lovely centerpiece for your feast!”
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Start by cutting a piece of pink felt to fit around a 5" cylindrical vase; secure with purple yarn. Fill the vase halfway with water, then snip 6 cranberry-red roses, 6 fuchsia roses, 2 dozen purple asters and 3 light pink sedum stems to 6 to 9 inches. Place the flowers in the vase one at a time to form a soft, rounded mound, then insert branches of crab apples and autumn leaves to fill in any gaps throughout the arrangement.
To extend the life of your bouquet for up to a week or more, pros suggest refreshing the water every other day, adding 1 tsp. of apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp. of sugar to the water. This DIY floral food will nourish blooms and eradicate any bacteria that might be growing. Also smart: Dab a few drops of vegetable oil on a cloth and rub on leaves and berries to keep them looking supple and shiny.