Actress Priscelia Chan is no newbie when it comes to experimenting with do-it-yourself floral arrangements at home. “I’ve occasionally bought flowers to make my own arrangements. It was after playing the role of a jealous, wilful wife in Mediacorp Channel 8’s The Journey: A Voyage that I turned to them as a perk-me-up to purge the negativity of the role.” To help her perfect her craft, we got Jaclyn to teach Priscelia how to arrange beautiful floral designs in simple household containers, like a recycled Milo tin.

1 A USEFUL TRICK TO GET STARTED
Jaclyn says: “You can use items like teapots, colanders and tins in flower arrangements. If the container has a large opening, create a grid over it first to prevent your flowers from spreading out.” To do this, make parallel lines over the opening with adhesive tape, then cross more strips over them to form a grid.

“No wonder all the arrangements I’ve done before have looked scattered and messy. Now I can use this tape method to create better-looking ones!” says Priscelia.

2 THE GARDEN EFFECT
Arrangements that look like overgrown gardens are trendy, says Jaclyn. To achieve that effect, choose airy, delicate blooms like pink and white alstroemerias, pink penstemon, green lunaria and bupleurum. Let the leaves droop over the tin to complete the look. 

3 PICTURE-PERFECT
Priscelia poses for a photo with her blooms and says: “I enjoyed the free-flowing style of this arrangement. I can practise it at home until I achieve a more polished look!”

This article was originally published in Simply Her August 2014.