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I’ve discovered the secret to happiness: it’s eating outside (and alone).
Because this year has been unexpected (to say the least), I’ve been doing my best to find joy in the little things: open windows, the extended daylight hours, and time with my family. All make for incredible moments, but honestly, my favorite part has been the (relatively) early morning hours alone. The hours before the household wakes up have been my time, and if I’m going to embrace this time, I’m going to make it extra special.
Once a week, I dust off the fancy plates and make some French press coffee, just after the sun rises. I go outside into my backyard and enjoy a pot of Oui by Yoplait, a French style yogurt that’s subtly sweet and made from simple ingredients. One of the reasons why I love Oui by Yoplait yogurt is the reusable glass pots. The design of the limited-edition Heritage Collection pots is inspired by French design and I love the flair it adds to my morning tablescapes. For me, simplicity is key—a creamy yogurt, a book, and a small bouquet of wildflowers from my backyard, arranged in a Oui by Yoplait glass pot, are the only items on the table.
I’ve never had much luck growing flowers of my own, so I’m grateful to have inherited a lush backyard full of natural beauties. The garden isn’t full of prizewinning florals, but there is plenty of lush greenery and various wildflowers in abundance right now.
The kids and I have been filling up small buckets full of wildflowers and making little bouquets of them to place in the house. It’s a simple way to add a little bit of beauty to your home. These are the most uncomplicated kinds of bouquets that don’t require any equipment, and best of all, you can use what you find in nature around you.
- Oui by Yoplait Heritage Collection glass pots
- Bucket or some sort of vessel to carry fresh-cut greenery
- Cold water
- I’m using:
- Queen Anne’s lace
- Garden roses
- Hosta flowers
- I’m using:
You can apply the same principles to any flowers or greenery that is available to you! Get creative with leaves from trees, clover, or even dandelions.
- Step 1: Enjoy your delicious pot of Oui by Yoplait French style yogurt. Rinse an empty glass pot with water. I’m using the Oui Heritage Collection glass pots that we have around in abundance. (Side note: the stickers are SO EASY to peel off. All labels should be this easy to remove!)
- Step 2: Go outside and get inspired! Look for florals and greenery that interests you. There is no right way to assemble these bouquets. Once you understand the design principles, you can use ANYTHING to create beautiful bouquets.
- Here are a few things I consider when designing:
- Color: I look for bright colors, varying shades, complementary colors, and opposite colors. There’s no wrong answer here.
- Size: I look for a variety of sizes. The key idea is to balance big and small or massive with delicate.
- Shape: I like to seek out unusual shapes and textures. Ferns, oversized leaves, bunches of flowers, and even an exciting twig all can complement this simple bouquet. Shapes work best for complimenting color and size.
- Step 3: Snip your chosen florals and greenery with sharp scissors. Be sure to snip as close to the ground as possible. You want to start with more length, and you can always trim items once you begin arranging them.
- Step 4: Immediately place freshly clipped florals and greenery into cold water, ideally within seven seconds of cutting, to maintain freshness.
- Step 5: Fill your glass pots ¾ full with cold water. (I add an ice cube or two to the water to keep the greenery lively.)
- Step 6: Pick a design focal point. Decide what one thing (color or size) you want to focus on for that particular bouquet. Maybe it’s a pop of pink or a rather large bloom—you get to decide!
- Step 7: Trim your focal point floral, so it sits just above the rim of the glass pot. I always cut a little higher than the side and trim down as needed.
- Step 8: Compliment your focal point with new florals and greenery. This is the fun part! Experiment with color, shape, and texture until you are satisfied.
- Step 9: Admire your fresh wildflower bouquet and display it proudly.
- Design, be it interior, graphic, or floral, is all about balance; if your focal point is a bold color, consider filling in with greenery, white hues, or complimentary colors.
- If you’ve chosen a large bloom as your focal point, fill in with twigs or daintier greenery or flowers.
- Know when to stop! These arrangements aren’t meant to have florals sticking straight up or looking too fussy. It’s all about simplicity and adding a little bit of French-inspired flair to your life.
- Keep your bouquets cold! At the end of the day, I place mine in the refrigerator to keep everything looking as fresh as possible.
You don’t have to have a backyard garden to create these bouquets. That’s the beauty of this project; you can find these items anywhere. Leaves from trees, dandelions from your sidewalk, or greenery from public parks are perfect for creating a simple yet elegant bouquet.
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How are you reusing your glass pots? I’ve got a ton lying around and need more ideas!
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