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Flower Arrangement in a Seashell




Then you can tuck in stems, and they'll stay put. Here, variegated hosta leaves and frilly ferns cup a green-and-white cluster of Queen Anne's lace.You can use a seashell you already have -- the one shown here is a whelk- - or buy one at a crafts store.


  1. Step 1

    Choose a sizable shell that sits securely -- without rocking or falling over -- when its aperture, or opening, faces upward. Begin by soaking a block of floral foam in water until saturated, usually a few minutes (the moist foam will then keep your arrangement fresh for 3 to 4 days).

  2. Step 2

    With a sharp knife, cut the foam to fit inside the shell's opening, trimming it as necessary. Press and pack the piece of foam down into the shell; it should fill the opening to just below the lip.

  3. Step 3

    Use a pencil or a stick to make holes an inch or so deep in the foam for plants with pliant stems, such as hostas and ferns; sturdy or woody stems can be pushed directly into the foam. Combine flowers and greenery as you wish to create a pleasing arrangement.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2004



Reviews (5)

  • LuraLeigh 17 Sep, 2011

    What a simply but stunning idea! Love it and am sharing with my Garden Club.

  • JuliaRossdale 20 Sep, 2010


  • raazenterprises 17 Jul, 2010

    Very impressive!!!

  • Conc 22 Aug, 2009

    I love this idea!!!!

  • glowin33 20 Aug, 2009

    Oh, I think this is just beautiful!!!!