Summer cones

Sprightly paper flowersThis week in August usually brings Flowerflinging camp to the Berkshires.  “Usually” because this summer, it has taken a hiatus.  However the urge to experiment is still filling the odd day here and there.  Long term readers know of my infatuation with artist’s papers and how much I like to incorporate them with floral design.

Flower conesWhat might an 11 inch Styrofoam cone, a 4 inch wooden base, a nail, some artist papers and aluminum wire add up to?  Instead of an ice cream cone, how about a flower cone?

Cone nail paperTake the decorative paper and make a rough paper shape to wrap around the cone, keeping the edges torn instead of cut.  Next put a nail up through the center of the base.  Drilling a hole first makes it easier.  Just keep the hole slightly smaller than the nail so it grabs it firmly.

big green coneWrap the cone with the paper using white glue or Modge Podge.  Modge Podge will keep moisture from damaging the paper.  I’ve kept the end sticking out to be artistic! Tuck the ends at the base of the cone under.  Impale the cone on the nail.  You only get one chance at this!  Make sure it is straight up.

Oasis and wrapMake a small shape of Oasis slightly smaller than the opening of the cone, like a flat bottom hamburger.  Wrap it in Press N Seal, which will stick to wet surfaces.  Keep it low and tuck the ends in – they’ll stick to each other.  This keeps the water from the paper.

Susan DetjensThe flowers are placed in a diagonal arrangement using green orchids with pink veronica and dahlias – very simple, rather preppy color scheme.

Susan DetjensChange the paper, change the mood.  Purple paper and a trail of hot pink aluminum wire make this more exciting.

Susan DetjensChange the paper to a handsome vanilla and grey check, change the flowers to cockscomb, burgundy and vanilla carnation, celosia, ivy and lily turf grass and you begin to see the possibilities of this idea.

Susan DetjensDouble the cones, double the fun!


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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2 Responses to Summer cones

  1. Karen Detjens says:

    Hi Susan!
    Hope all is well with you and Phil! I love this post… I could see it being a fun art project for the kids maybe… with adult help…. and me purchasing the supplies:) So pretty! You are an inspiration! Hope Alex got back safe and sound from Egypt! Love to you all! Karen

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