Beautiful ideas for reusing your old china

March 26, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
There is no reason to keep your old china stored away in a cupboard, when you can put it to decorative use by just adding flowers! Ria Sim, owner of Twigsstudio in Danville, shares some ingenious ideas.

Ria's advice:

We all either grew up with china, inherited china, or simply purchased china but most of the time it ends up on display in a china cabinet or stored away in a basement?why not use it and enjoy it!

Even if you did not inherit or have a full set of china, you can start your own collection. Purchase mix-and-match pieces from several collections. One of my absolute favorites is the Fenton Hobnail Collection that was produced in 1960. Each china pattern and style possesses its own beauty.

To create the floral pieces shown on the segment, you will need the following:

Floral arrangement created with a floral foam:

  • Use a serving bowl, compote dish, or berry dish (basically anything from your china collection that is large enough to host flowers).
  • Floral foam soaked in warm water for about 3 minutes.
  • Floral tape (if you don't have any, simply use scotch tape)
  • Flowers of your choice.

Steps:

1. Take your china dish and clean it with soap and water.

2. Cut floral foam to size ( measure the overall interior diameter of the vessel)

3. Use a floral tape or scotch tape to secure floral foam in pace. Adhere the tape on the tip of the "lip" of the china.

4. Add a little bit of water into the bowl

5. Take the flowers you have selected and begin to design.

Floral arrangement created without a floral foam:

  • Use a serving bowl, compote dish, or berry dish (basically anything from your china collection that is large enough to host flowers).
  • Floral tape (if you don't have any, simply use scotch tape)
  • Flowers of your choice.

Steps:

1. Take your china dish and clean it with soap and water.

2. Use a floral tape or scotch tape to secure floral foam in pace. Adhere the tape on the tip of the "lip" of the china. Create multiple "tic tac toe" pattern.

3. Add water into the bowl.

4. Take the flowers you have selected and begin to design.

Other fun and creative ideas:

  • Create an arrangement on top of your cake stand.
  • Create an arrangement inside your teapot

About Ria Sim:
Ria Sim is the owner of Twigsstudio Danville / Ria Sim Designs- the destination floral studio in Danville Ca. Ria is inspired by her love for fashion, colors and textures she sees everyday. Her floral creations are unlike any other and Ria is insistent that flowers are the focus. "When I design each arrangement, I love to bring forth the beauty that each flower possesses." Ria focuses on simple, elegant floral designs resulting in timeless beauty for her clients' weddings, events, and special occasions.

Twigsstudio/ Ria Sim Designs
398 B Hartz Ave
Danville CA 94526
925.855.9816
Email: ria@twigss.com