However, I use pipe-cleaners as stems so they will stand up in various receptacles, but the ends are sharp, so the first thing I had to do was find a way to sort that problem outs. After a bit of thought, I decided to glue a bead onto the end of each stem. So, off to various bead shops to find something that would fit. Many thanks to staff at The Beaderie on Bridge Street in Cambridge for helping me to get the right size for thin stems while I noisily suffered from a hay-fever attack (!) and The Bead Shop in Ely for having to count out 50 wooden green beads from a bowl for the thicker stems.
After a couple of evenings involving blobs of glue and having to restrain a curious cat, the sharp ends were nicely encased in glue and beads.
For Christmas last year, I was given a basket which contained 9 dinky little glass milk bottles. The bottles are the perfect height for the flowers at home, but they’re all stuck together and again, I didn’t want to lug glass around Ely with me. But, the idea of lots of thin, tubular receptacles seemed to be the answer. But where do I find such a thing?
Repeat with various heights until the tubes fill the basket, line the basket with tissue paper, fill each tube with flowers and you have a flower display that’s light to transport, won’t collapse during use and more importantly, can be flattened and disposed of (in the recycling, of course) after the fair is over. Job done.