Poppies are some of our absolute favorites - we can't get enough of their delicate, brightly colored
blooms! As dainty as these babes are, they don't play well with the other flowers in our standard burlap arrangements. It breaks our hearts not to share them each season as they pop up at market!
This year, we were determined to break the cycle. We've put together this DIY arrangement with
a fresh bundle of our favorite variety, Icelandic Poppies, the sweetest little bud vase and our
newest candle obsession, Siam Poppy by Kobo Candles. Read close! The candle packaging can be
planted so you can enjoy poppies in the seasons to come (seeds are embedded in the paper!).
Poppies are truly the ugly duckling of the flower world. HAVE FAITH! We are
shipping them to you in bud form, so you can experience their blooming magic up
close and personal.
You can check out our video on how to care for your arrangement here:
Follow our care steps below to get these puppies poppin' in no time!
- First, unwrap all of the elements in your box, discard packaging, and gently place your poppy stems on your work surface.
- Fill your vase with cool tap water. Pro Tip: light your new candle - doesn't it smell amazing? Don't forget to compost it's packaging! Or better yet, plant it outside and enjoy poppies in the future!
- Next up - poppy time! Gather your stems (gently now - the stems are delicate!) and carefully arrange the height of their heads in your hand. We like them slightly
staggered for a super fresh, I-got-picked-like-this look. If any stems are bent or
broken, cut them just above so that the flower can still drink water. Pro Tip: any
stems that you have to trim super short make a great option for a single stem
"arrangement" in a small cup or bud vase! Super cute look :)
- Next, "measure" your stems by holding them against the side of the vase. Trim
the stems to your desired length. Even if you like the stems on the long side, a short
trim will help the blooms hydrate!
- Grab some matches or a lighter! Poppies are super special because cauterizing
(translation: burning!) the ends locks in their plant juices and makes them last
longer. Quickly bring the end of each stem to the flame. Next, drop them into the
- You're almost done! The last part is the trickiest. Veryyyyy gently (we can't
emphasize the very enough!) we're going to give the poppy a bit of bloom
assistance. A gentle massage helps to reveal the seams along the outside of each
bud. Once you locate the seam, gently pull it open using your fingers. In a few days
time, the petals will fully reveal themselves and the green, fuzzy bud will fall away
from the bloom.
Bonus Points: A day or two after their massage (and once the petals have begun to open) give
your poppies an extra assist and remove the outer bud layer with your fingers. The bud
should fall away easily now. Removing this layer will ensure your poppies can really stretch