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How to Create a French Country Floral Arrangement

Updated on March 13, 2017

Silk Hydrangea

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The Expensive Arrangement That I Duplicated for Much Less Money and A Little Work

When shopping for furniture, I saw this gorgeous floral arrangement. I really wanted it, but could not see spending $79.99 plus tax on it, especially considering there was a grammatical error on it. It said "Le Fleur", which means "flower". There were lots of flowers in the arrangement, so it should have said "flowers", or "Les Fleurs". Yep, I'm a stickler for correct grammar, syntax, etc. A few weeks later, I saw the same arrangement in another store for an even higher price. I decided I could make my own, using flowers that would complement my color scheme of ivory and aqua.

This hydrangea arrangement has a purpose other than to match my color scheme and to look pretty. It's main purpose is to hide the cords connecting our TV to the cable outlet, so the flowers are specifically placed for that purpose. Our TV sits atop an etagere in our bedroom, and this flower arrangement sits in the floor beside the etagere.

First I Searched for a Bucket - My Local "Junque" Shop

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I knew exactly the place to look. There is a wonderful little shop with a bit of everything: some very nice antiques, and some good junk, too. They also have really nice plants for much better prices than your local big box home improvement stores, and better than local nurseries and garden centers. They are on Hwy. 466-A, near the intersection with U.S. 301, in Wildwood, FL.

This is my favorite little junque shop in our area. Unfortunately, road work at the above-mentioned intersection has made it almost impossible to get to the shop. As a result the owner has closed the shop indefinitely.

This is Their Supply of Old Buckets and Tubs

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I could have gone to several antique shops and junk shops (opps, I mean junque shoppes), but I knew if this one didn't have what I needed, I probably wouldn't find it. I found lots of tubs and buckets but all were either the wrong shape or too large for my needs. I gave up my search and resigned myself to the fact that, if I wanted the right size and shape bucket quickly, I would have to find a new one.

These Are the Main Items Needed

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In this photo you see the main items needed to make this Country French floral arrangement. At first, I thought these were the only items I would need to create my arrangement. Not so. Additional items were needed, such as sandpaper and paint. Also needed was a large Sharpie pen (which I happened to have lying around my studio) for writing "Les Fleurs" on the little piece of burlap to be attached to the front of the bucket.

The container/bucket is the same size, shape, and material as the one used in the original arrangement I saw in the furniture store. I bought this bucket at Michael's. It was originally $15.99, but was on sale at 50% off, plus I had one of those rare coupons for a percentage off all items whether on sale or not. Lucky me! The problem? My bucket was too shiny and new. It was supposed to look old. Time to find a way to age this very new bucket.

This bucket was intended to hold ice and canned or bottled drinks, so it has a coating over the metal to prevent rusting. To make it look old, I tried vinegar, then nail polish remover. Neither of these would removed that protective coating; both simply beaded up like water on a well-waxed car. I decided to paint it to make it look old. Of course, by then I knew the acrylic paints I planned to use would also bead up. Next I tried sandpaper to remove the slick finish. That worked very well.

Sanding Off the Protective Coating

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Here, I'm using a very fine grade sandpaper to remove the shiny coating on the bucket. I rubbed vertically, horizontally, and around in little circles, trying to cover every square inch.

These Are The Items Used to Age the Bucket

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Sandpaper and paint.

A Closer Look at the Paints I Used

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These are some acrylic paints I had in my studio. Mixed together, they were perfect for aging the bucket. The colors are Neutral Gray, Value 5 (Mixing Gray), and Parchment

My New "Old" Bucket

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Putting on the Finishing Touches to the Bucket

Burlap is so loosely woven, pulling out threads to create a bit of fringe was easy. I used this large-point Sharpie to write "Les Fleurs".

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The New "Old" Bucket is Ready for Flowers

It took a couple of attempts to get the wording centered. On my first attempt, the words were centered vertically, but not horizontally. Because of the grid created by the large threads in the burlap, it was easy to count the spaces to find where to start writing.

I used little squares of Velcro with adhesive backing to attach the burlap to the bucket. I used only the stiff part of the Velcro, not the piece with the soft loops. I pressed the rough side of the Velcro squares onto each corner of the burlap with the sticky side out, then pressed the sticky side of the Velcro onto the bucket. The burlap simply clings to the Velcro squares. This makes it very easy to change to a piece of burlap with different wording if I ever want to, or if I decide to use the bucket for something else.

simply stuck the Velcro squares onto

My Total Cost Was About $30 - Compared to the Furniture Store Price of $79.99

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I paid approximately $6 for the bucket.

Some of the flowers were on sale for 70% off

Some flowers were 50% off

All together, the flowers cost me approximately $20.

I bought 1/4 yard of burlap fabric at JoAnn's Fabric Store also with a 50% off coupon, for about $1.50.

I already had the paints, sandpaper, Velcro, and the Sharpie.

All totaled, this arrangement cost me about $30, versus the $79.99 at the furniture store.

Do you do your own decorating? Make your own draperies and/or throw pillows? Or crafting? Knitting, maybe? These are wonderful ways to make your home design your very own, so that it will reflect your individual personality.

Thank you for visiting my how-to page. I hope you enjoyed it. You should be able to adapt this design to your own décor by using whatever type container and your favorite flowers suit your taste. If you decide to make one of these or something similar, please send me a photo, and (with your permission) I will post it on this page. Please leave your comment, and let me know you dropped by for a visit. Happy crafting!

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      MariaMontgomery 2 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      You're welcome. Thank you for such a nice comment.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Clever and creative all in one package! Thanks for sharing your project with details on the how-to. It's lovely, by the way.

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      @MariannesWhims: Thank you. I'm really enjoying it, and it is certainly a lot better than those ugly cords. Thanks for the thumbs up on this lens, and for your nice comment.

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      @paperfacets: You're welcome. Thanks for the squidlike and for your comment on this lens.

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      @MarcellaCarlton: You're welcome.

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      @favored: Thank you, favored 1. It was fun to make, and you are right. It would look great on a porch. If I ever find something better to hide those ugly wires, I just may put it on our screened in lanai. Thanks so much for the squidlike.

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      Marianne Gardner 3 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      What a gorgeous arrangement! Looks a lot prettier than the cords you purposely made this to hide. I love your crafty idea.

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      Sherry Venegas 3 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Thanks so much for sharing these tips. A very good article for home décor.

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      Love your flower arrangement. Thank you for sharing!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      It turned out lovely, and I like the colors you chose. They match so many things. Perfect for a porch as well.

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      @SusanDeppner: Hi, Susan! So sorry I overlooked your comment and compliments. Thank you for those, and for the squidlike.

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      @Mickie Gee: Thanks for reminding me. Lacking a good craft glue, I applied little squares of Velcro with adhesive backing to the bucket. The burlap sticks to it pretty well. I did that as a temporary measure, with the plan to purchase some good craft glue, but forgot to shop for the glue! So good to hear from you. Hope you guys are well. Thanks, too for the thumbs up on this lens.

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      Soo creative and looks great!!!

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      What a great idea and you saved money? What kind of glue or tape did you use to attach the burlap to the aged bucket?

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      @tracy-arizmendi: Thank you.

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you. It IS really nice when something attractive can serve a dual purpose. Thanks for the squidlike, too. Merry Christmas to you!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Your project turned out great! Nice that you have a practical, as well as decorative, purpose for it, too.