This easy to make floral craft using chrysanthemums makes a perfect fall center piece or a perfect gift in bloom to share with family and friends. One pot of blooming fall mums and block of florist’s foam makes two gifts in bloom crafts (with fall mums leftover) so it’s cheap and easy to make one for yourself and one to give away.
Materials Needed for Fall Floral Craft
*One block of florist’s foam
*80 white button fall mums (about four stems in full bloom)
*Two small plates
Soak the Foam and Cut the Mums
Soak the block of florist’s foam in water until it is well saturated, then cut the block in half with the utility knife. Place each wet block of florist’s foam on a separate plate to catch water drainage. Use scissors to cut the blooms off the mums, cutting at an angle and leaving each stem one to two inches long.
Craft the Gifts in Bloom
Begin crafting the gifts in bloom by inserting the chrysanthemum blooms around the bottom sides of the florist’s foam. Work around the foam, inserting the mum blooms layer upon layer working upwards, saving the top for last. If a mum stem bends while attempting to insert it into the foam, re-cut the stem above the bend at an angle and try again.
Tie a Ribbon Around the Gifts in Bloom
After the blocks of florist’s foam are covered with chrysanthemum blooms, tie a length of ribbon around the center just as you would a gift. Tie the center of the ribbon into a bow on the top and create a second bow and attach with straight pins if desired. The gift in bloom can be placed on a decorative plate or displayed as-is.
Maintaining the Fall Mum Gift
The water in the florist’s foam will be absorbed by the fall mums and will need to be replenished every two to three days. To replenish the water, remove the ribbons and hold the entire floral arrangement under a trickling faucet until the florist’s foam has been re-saturated. Allow excess water to drain out of the gift in bloom, then replace the ribbons. This unique floral craft using fall mums to create a gift in bloom should last for around ten days when kept well hydrated and out of direct sunlight.