I accidentally cut a small small hydrangea from our bush the other day. I was so sad, it wasn’t intentional! But I brought the little flowers inside and put it in a small pitcher. Suddenly, I was happy! It looked so sweet!
In design we often hear the advice to only cut longer stems and use bigger blooms and branches “to make a statement” but I’m here to spread the joy of tiny bouquets. I find that the biggest joys aren’t always from the largest “statement makers” in a room. Often what makes me truly the happiest in a space are the smallest details where the rules were broken but the beauty and creativity of life shines through.
The small but unexpected details and delights in a room are perhaps what the minimalists of the world and I might disagree on as far as what makes a house feel like home. I LOVE to collect things that speak to me, particularly original art, dishes and things like sweet little creamers, teeny bowls, pretty pitchers, sugar bowls or any small adorable containers.
Now, I’m all for less stuff and making a statement with bolder pieces, it’s good advice I agree with! But honestly, collecting a few of these little indulgences makes me very happy! I use small pitchers and creamers to fill my diffusers with water and oils, and even to water small plants, so they are well-loved.
To make my tiny bouquets, I ventured out into our yard on a plant treasure hunt for small blooms! It was so fun. I even found a few stems that were broken or bent but that still had pretty flowers! Normally these wee or broken flowers might be overlooked or not used because they wouldn’t make a big enough “statement” but when paired together with the small vessels they made darling statement pieces.
My husband had found that small blue and white container with the lid at a consignment store, I think it is adorable with the hydrangea in it! This is the same little container on eBay. It’s a postage stamp holder, so since it has a small slit on the side I set a small liquid medicine cup in side to hold the water. You can repurpose almost any container like it for flowers.
Here are a few containers by the same artist below (scroll and click the thumbnails for details):
Making tiny bouquets wasn’t really what I had intended to do for that hour, but sometimes that’s exactly what I need. An escape from the ordinary to create and enjoy the unexpected. The freedom to maybe even break a few rules or just do things that bring more joy in the moment.
These might be small statements, but I dare you not to smile really big when you put tiny bouquets around your home!
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