SEVENTY-FIVE people I know are celebrating birthdays this month! In my last post about being inspired by Alt Design Summit I promised a new floral project, so here’s a quick tutorial for a little present: flower birthday cupcakes!
- Flowers: 7 carnations + 2 stems spray roses (about 8 flower heads)
- Jars: I used the 4 oz. quilted crystal jelly jars from Ball
- Floral supplies: Oasis foam, medium-weight wire, thin floral tape
- Cake supplies: paper cupcake liners and birthday candles
- Fill a bowl large enough to hold Oasis foam with room temperature water.
- Drop Oasis foam in water and let fill and sink naturally — do not push down.
- Once foam is completely submerged and floating, remove and place on plate to catch excess water.
- Place jar in middle of foam round and press all the way through to the other side.
- Keep a mounded shape to the foam and mold a bit with hands, don’t squeeze too hard or you will lose a lot of water that the flowers need to drink!
- Insert carnations throughout.
- If you want to pull out a flower to change its position, make a new hole in the foam. Oasis works best when a flower stem is securely nestled in its hole.
- Fill in and add texture with roses.
- Fold wire in half and wrap gently around candle, bringing ends together at bottom
- Place arrangement inside paper cupcake liner and tie with ribbon.
- Secure wire-wrapped candle with a small length of floral tape, pulling as you go. Floral tape holds better and sticks to itself when stretched.
- Insert candle into arrangement, making sure all tape is covered with flowers.
- Check arrangements at eye level: if any green from the Oasis foam is showing (like in the examples below) shift flower petals as needed.