Rock the Boat

Rock the Boat

“A modernistic centerpiece, with ebb and flow, to disrupt conventional thinking” 

To appeal to consumers who look to you for things contemporary and creative, artistic and avant-garde, this unconventional composition is both a show-stopper and conversation-starter. On a table—dining, coffee or conference—this dynamic, rhythmic design will appeal to lovers of art in all media.


Lady’s-slipper orchids (Paphiopedilum spp.), pincushions (Leucospermum spp.), callas (Zantedeschia aethiopica), pincushion flower pods (Scabiosa spp.), heavenly bamboo berries (Nandina domestica), pine needles (Pinus spp.) and medium-size and small palm spathes from suppliers of your choice; Oasis Water Tubes, Oasis Bind Wire, Oasis Florist Wire (16 gauge) and Oasis Florist Netting from Smithers-Oasis North America; bamboo skewers from grocery or craft store.


Step 1: Create “legs” for the large palm spathe, for stability. Drill four small holes into the palm spathe, and hot-glue pieces of bamboo skewers wrapped with paper-covered wire into the holes. Cut each leg to whatever length is necessary to make the spathe level.

Step 2: Construct a “screen” in the center of the large spathe through which to arrange pine needles. Create a three-sided rectangular “frame” for the screen with 16-gauge wire. Make two pilot holes in the spathe with a nail or drill bit, and hot-glue the two vertical wires of the frame into the holes. Attach a piece of wire netting vertically to the frame.

Step 3: Weave small groups of pine needles through the wire netting until the netting is completely covered and the pine needles appear to be standing freely.

Step 4: Create an organic, rhythmic “system” of wires to support water tubes and smaller palm spathes by wrapping 16-gauge wires with paper-covered wire and hot-gluing the ends into pilot holes you create in the large spathe with a nail or drill bit. Attach water tubes, in random placements, and small palm spathes to the wire system with paper-covered wire. Fill the water tubes with flower-food solution, and arrange flowers to continue the curvilinear lines and dynamic movement created by the wires and influenced by the shape of the large palm spathe.

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