The lone leaf is one of the most frequently discarded items when arranging bouquets from the garden. When you have a bucket filled with textural interest from greenery and stems with berries, one less leaf is insignificant, right? That one leaf might be what is needed to complete the desired look for your arrangement.
Here is one little tip on how to use the lone leaf with what you have on hand. While working on holiday arrangements in my office, the normal arranging items were not available. Improvising was key to a successful arrangement. I needed some sort of anchor to add fullness and fill in the gaps.
A coffee stirrer that was clear and plastic was ideal. It would not get soft or rot in the water.
Using a smidgen of tape, I secured the leaf to the stirrer. The tape should not touch the water. Do not use any item that will absorb water. The use of rubber bands or thin paperclips is also useful as stem extenders.
I also created a cluster of leaves to vary the visual impact in the vase. When inserted in arrangements you do not see the stirrer. This adds additional flair to the arrangement. It is also a great way to fill in sparse areas. Using your imagination, one can also create unusual combinations that add visual interest to arrangements.
The next time you want to create an arrangement, leave no leaf behind unless absolutely necessary.
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