Martha and Kevin Sharkey, Martha Stewart Living editorial director of decorating, make whimsical St. Patrick's Day arrangements using a combination of naturally green Prado carnations and regular white carnations that are dyed green using this simple coloring technique.
Tools and Materials
Three 5-inch mini oasis hearts
Assortment of Prado, white, and dyed carnations
St. Patrick's Day Arrangement How-To
1. Soak three 5-inch mini oasis hearts with water and floral food. Connect them with binder clips to make a shamrock shape.
2. Gather an assortment of Prado, white, and dyed carnations. Cut the stems at an angle to about 1 inch. Insert them into oasis, following along the outside of the shape, until arrangement is complete.
To care for your arrangement, water until the oasis overflows. (When it overflows, it is full.) Mist the arrangement, and keep it in a cool spot.
Martha and Kevin also made a green arrangement using the following flowers: snowball vibernum, sweat william, lady's mantle, green spider mums, hydrangeas, hellebores, euphorbia, bells of Ireland, trachellium, crystal white, hypericon, green tea roses, super green roses, peppermint, green parrot tulips, and ming fern. Kevin uses an Alana Waterford Crystal vase; Martha uses a Seahorse Waterford Crystal vase.
Oasis hearts are available from Michaels Floral Supply. Check out these flower arrangements from "The Martha Stewart Show" for more inspiring ideas. For more fun ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, take a look at these crafts, drinks, and traditional Irish fare. Special thanks to Waterford for providing the vases used in this segment.