Lovely flower DIY: Using a Kenzan for a shallow vase

kenzan bouquet peonies

Hello everyone! 
Today I would like to start a new column and show you some simple tricks to make nicer bouquets at home. The first trick I would like to show you today comes from Japan and is primarily used for the traditional Japanese floral arrangements called Ikebana. 
kenzan, also called spiky frog or flower frog is a specific metallic device used for fixing the flowers in the container. It consists of a heavy lead plate with erected brass needles where the stems are fixed. You can find them on amazon for example and they cost between 3 and 30 € depending on their size. 
A kenzan is perfect for arranging bouquets in shallow vases such as bowls or small pedestal vases. It helps keeping flowers with very short stems in the water. 
It is a very nice to arrange flowers on a table for dinner party for example, so that you can for instance see the person sitting in front of you. It also works very well if you want to create a vignette on a table in living room.
For this bouquet, I decided to mix peonies with garden roses, as I think that they really work well together.

Your bouquet step by step:
1- Place the Kenzan at the bottom of the vase and fill the vase with water.
2- Cut the stems very short and take out almost all the leaves.
3- Pick the flowers one by one in the vase, so that the bouquet is pleasant to look from all sides. (especially if it is for a table centre).
Kenzan in vasekenzan bouquetkenzan bouquet roses

shallow bouquet with kenzan

So that’s it for today people! I hope you liked this little floral DIY and that you will get yourself a little kenzan for your next bouquet.
Have a great day!

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6 thoughts on “Lovely flower DIY: Using a Kenzan for a shallow vase

    1. Hallo Fee, Du kannst beides machen, je nachdem wie dick oder dünn den Blumenstiel ist und es am besten hält. Es ist das gleiche Prinzip wie Steckmoos um die Blumen zu halten aber viel umweltfreundlicher.
      Viele liebe Grüße,

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