This past weekend, I did a trial run with several fabric wrapped and paper wrapped vases. Because the focus of the trial was mostly on the containers I stuck to simple and inexpensive flowers from the LA Flower Market for the actual arrangements.
First up to bat was a wood veneer paper wrapped vase. This paperis real wood, and is too rigid to wrap around a square vase as if it were wraping paper. You could precisely cut four squares and glue them each onto a side of a cube vase if you were so inclined, but here, I just wrapped a cyllinder.
Cost and materials for this arrangement:
Vase $1 (Cylinder vase from Dollar Store, or a drinking glass)
Flowers $11 (10 stems spray roses, 10 stems hypericum berries)
Wood veneer paper $3.60
Total cost: $15.60
For the vases, I used a 7.5″ cyllinder vase. I glued the wood paper with all purpose glue, and used masking tape to help it hold its shape while the glue dried.
Because the flowers are compact, I went for a tight, structured arrangement. I began by taping a small bunch together, and taped the stems tightly again in the middle before securing the final bouquet.
The finished product:
So, what’s the verdict?
Wrapping a cyllinder vase with the wood paper was extremely easy. Next time, I’d do this with lower, wider vases. Also, spray roses are a bit challenging to make bouquets with as each stem has several offshoots, making for roses at different heights. If you’re going for a loose, garden style arrangement, it works, but if you’re trying to make a more structured bouquet, the “offset” height roses should probably be individually wired.
I think that this wood veneer paper is a really easy, less rustic alternative to the birch covered vases that are so popular right now (which I also LOVE).
Here’s another great example of wrapped vases, from Jose Villa (via The Brides Cafe). These look like Burlap. I like the shape of these vases for this kind of arrangement better than the taller cyllinder I used, and I love the look of just a few of the same type of brightly colored flowers in each vase.