This showcase of permanent
daffodils entices customers with its vibrant colors and promise of
Watering cans, terra-cotta pots, and bulb flowers and plants all are
symbols of spring. Alert your customers to the coming season with this
lighthearted display featuring playful daffodils (Narcissi).
A single prominent daffodil, created from foam-centered board that is
spray painted a vibrant yellow, “grows” among permanent versions of the
bulb flowers and is anchored with corsage pins to a homemade display
pedestal that also is created from foam-centered board. The flower’s
“foliage,” which is sprayed with hunter-green paint, is attached
separately, enhancing the multidimensional look.
Brightly hued tin watering cans, some sporting fun polka-dot patterns,
are “planted” with daffodils and placed at all levels in the display and
accented by a larger hot-pink metal tub that features bunches of the
cheery yellow blossoms. A wooden crate, turned on its end, supports a
pair of watering cans while the bottom of the crate acts as a fencelike
background for a trio of potted daffodils.
Although permanent daffodils are used here for window display purposes,
fresh flowers and plants or a mix of permanent and fresh would work as
well, especially in in-store vignettes. This display concept also can be
adapted using other seasonal flowers and containers.
For instructions on how to construct a daffodil from foam-centered
MATERIALS: Large Narcissus Bundles, Daffodil Stems, Narcissus in
Pot and Potted Daffodils from Melrose International; watering cans and
tub from Mains Importing; Yellow and Hunter Green Colortool® Sprays from
Design Master Color Tool; foam-centered board from craft store.
Design by Gary Wells, AIFD
How to make the daffodil:
Using the diagrams in these files (jpg,
psd) as a guide, cut the
base of the flower and its center trumpet from a piece of
foam-centered board. Spray the pieces yellow, and allow them to dry.
Score the trumpet at 1-inch intervals with a craft knife, then press
the blunt end of an ink pen into the scored lines to create furrows,
making the foam-centered board easier to fold. Along the wider edge,
cut 1/2 inch into each furrow to create tabs. Bend the tabs in an
alternating manner, inward and outward. Encircle the trumpet piece
into shape, with the scored and furrowed side facing inward.
How to make the pedestal:
Score a large piece of foam-centered board vertically down the
center. Cut out "windows" on the left and right sides, following the
diagram. Silhouetted leaves will remain on the right side. Carefully
spray the leaves hunter green, using masking tape as a guide to
ensure that the window frame remains white. Allow the paint to dry.
Cut a triangular piece of foam-centered board for the top of the
pedestal. Bend the pedestal base to a 45-degree angle at the scored
vertical line. to create a base for the pedestal top, hot-glue small
rectangles of foam-centered board inside and flush with the top
edge. Hot-glue the triangular piece atop the pedestal base.
How to secure the daffodil to the pedestal:
Cut a slit through the center support of the pedestal base, just
above the top leaf outline. Wedge the base of the daffodil into the
slit so it is centered there. Secure the trumpet end-to-end around
the pedestal leg with corsage pins.
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