flight of fancy

A trio of butterflies brings a sense of motion to this monochromatic arrangement.

Design by Christina M. Burton, AIFD

    Quick and easy to create, this monochromatic composition, in a range of violet hues, offers a delightful, whimsical touch to any setting in which it is displayed. Three butterflies, each attached to decorative wire in a coordinating hue, create high perceived value in the minds of customers who purchase the fun creation although limited botanicals—only six ‘Moonlite’ carnations and six Galax leaves—make this an affordable arrangement that can be efficiently created in an assembly-line fashion. Each butterfly is placed in a natural manner to appear as if it has just fluttered upon or away from the ruffly carnations.

    The colorful array of containers, decorative wires and picks on the market today makes this fanciful design easy to adapt to any color preference.

“flight of fancy”



  • 6 ‘Moonlite’ carnations
  • 6 Galax leaves
  • 2 large butterflies
  • 1 small butterfly
  • decorative wire
  • container
  • 1/3 brick floral foam

MATERIALS:Moonlite’ carnations from Florigene Flowers; Galax leaves from favorite supplier; 8-inch Spirit™ Collection Saucer, Oasis® Floral Foam and Oasis® Hot-Melt Glue from Smithers-Oasis; hand-painted feather butterflies from Floraltrims; Deco Wire™ from Lion Ribbon.

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Send hearts aflutter with this fun and affordable arrangement.


Realistic, beautifully hand-painted feather butterflies gracefully flutter among pretty violet carnations in this delightful design, which is sure to make anyone's spirits soar. Call or stop in today to capture one of these "flights of fancy" for yourself!

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Arrange Galax leaves into the perimeter of the floral foam.
  HOW TO 2:
Remove the delicate packing wire from each butterfly, and insert decorative wire in its place, using a dot of hot-glue at the end of the wire to secure it.
  HOW TO 3:
Form the opposite end of each wire into a hook (for stability), then insert the wire into the floral foam.

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