Winter POM Berry
APPROXIMATE DESIGN TIME: 30 MINUTES
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
1 8" x 8" round brass container with liner
1 block floral foam
8 6" wood picks (W.J. Cowee woods picks have a non-toxic stain that can be safely used on fruits and vegetables. They can be purchased in most flower shops.)
Fresh Flowers & Greens**
2 stems red ilex berries
2 branches white pine
2 branches variegated holly
1 branch noble fir
8 stems red roses
Knife for cutting foam
Knife or scissors for flowers
Floral tape to secure foam
Soak one block of floral foam in a full sink or tub of water. Allow the foam to free-float and sink as it absorbs water (do not force the block under water). When foam is fully soaked, remove from the water, and allow the excess moisture to drain. Cut foam with a knife to fill the container, allowing the top to extend approximately 1/2" above the rim.
Cut the stems of the ilex branches at a sharp angle, and then again in the opposite direction to form a wedge at the base of the stem. This will keep the branches firmly in place and prevent them from rotating in the foam.
Beginning with the pine, insert the rest of the evergreens and holly. Insert two 6" wood picks into each pomegranate, and then place them in the arrangement. Cut the rose stems at a sharp angle, and insert into the floral foam to complete the design.
Note: You may use different combinations of winter evergreens as a base. Cedar, boxwood, and other firs would all work well.
*Typically available from a craft store or florist.
**Only available from a local florist.