For me, few things typify "Tuscany" as much as the sunflower. Unlike the forlorn appearance of the Italian cypress tree, the sunflower is Tuscany's happy plant. They're so bright and cheery, I can't help but smile when I see one. How about you?
Unfortunately, fresh sunflowers are only in bloom for a few weeks in the summer, and then they're gone. That's why I decided to create a "permanent" sunflower arrangement out of large silk sunflowers that look fantastic year round. Here's how to do it.
Step 1: Gather & Organize Supplies
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Sunflower Arrangement Supplies List
Step 2: Select Your Vase or Container
Choose a vase or container that is deep enough to hold the long stems and sticks. We used a glass vase from another arrangement, and spray painted it in the cranberry color you see in the video. Approximate dimensions: 9" Wide x 13" H. If your arrangement will be large like ours, you may want to weight the bottom of your container to prevent tipping. We added landscaping sand to the bottom of our vase for stability.
Step 3: Add Flowers
Start by adding in your flowers, staggering the heights around the design. Alternate flower varieties for interest. Continue adding the main flowers until your arrangement has the fullness you desire.
Step 4: Add Filler
Once you have your main flowers firmly planted in the vase, add your filler material. We used sticks, fresh evergreen cuttings, and permanent berries and flowers to fill in any gaps in the design.
Step 5: Add Seasonal Greenery (optional)
I love the look of fresh greenery alongside permanent or silk flowers. To add interest to the arrangement, add seasonal cuttings to make your design look more authentic. I add evergreen sprigs during the holidays, and magnolia leaves during the summer.
This arrangement continues to be one of my favorite, as well as the one that gets the most compliments from visitors. It's cheerful, low maintenance, and reminds me of the Tuscan hillsides. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have!
If you like this article, you can find another DIY floral tutorial here.
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