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Traditional red roses take center stage amid romantic Valentine accents.

With hearts, roses and a giant red bow, this window display captures the romance of Valentine’s Day. A monobotanical arrangement of two dozen red roses makes a captivating statement atop a custom-made display pedestal created from foam-centered board. The roses are showcased against a backdrop curtain of red and white plastic hearts, reminding customers of the heartfelt sentiments that compel them to buy flowers for their loved ones. A few of the curtain strands are clipped and pinned to the corners of the pedestal for additional dimension.

Simple cutting and scoring techniques are used to create the bow, which also is fashioned from foam-centered board. The pieces of foam that create the bow’s loops and “tails” are sprayed with bright red paint, creating a vivid, eye-catching prop that will be seen from a distance.

MATERIALS: Red and White Wall Hanging/Curtain from burton + BURTON; Ruby Victorian Vase from Syndicate Sales; Holiday Red Colortool Spray from Design Master Color Tool; ‘Charlotte’ roses and foam-centered board from favorite suppliers.

Design by Gary Wells, AIFD
 
HOW TO 1:
Cut four pieces of foam
board—each about 24 inches
in length, about 3 inches wide
on the ends and about 8
inches wide in the center—to
create loops. Spray the
pieces with red paint.
HOW TO 2:
Score the four loop pieces
at 1-inch intervals with a
craft knife, then press the
blunt end of an ink pen into
the scored lines to create
furrows.
 
HOW TO 3:
Bend each piece, with the
scored and furrowed side on the inside, to create a loop. Glue the ends together, and pin each loop onto the foam pedestal.

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