Learn how to incorporate Kay Berry stones into your floral designs
Great thoughts stones compliment your smaller floral displaysSee Display
Garden Accents stones work well on an easel and with larger displaysSee Display
Another option for incorporating larger stones into a displaySee Display
A fast and inexpensive piece made using a medium easelSee Display
For this arrangement the mechanics are very easy. I start with a clear tray and tape a block of oasis to it.
We use 18 gauge taped wire and twist it into the “cast in place” wire on the back of the stone. Be sure your wire extends through the oasis to the bottom of tray for stability.
Simply push the wire through the oasis and . . .
. . . adjust the angle you desire, then build your design.
Many times we use the flowers to represent the children and grandchildren. In this case there are 3 children and 8 grandchildren. This is another time where family members will come back to purchase additional stones.
This is a fast inexpensive version of the previous arrangement. In this case we used a pre-made silk wreath. The stone will be wired in the same way and you can dress it up with other items such as butterflies. Fast, easy and inexpensive.
Our Great Thoughts Collection includes rocks which are approximately 5”x 3”. With over 90 rocks to choose from, there is a saying for every occasion and the size makes them the perfect compliment to smaller floral displays. For very little additional work you can add value to any arrangement.Shop Great Thought Stones
For larger stones we recommend using a double or triple saddle. We have also used a long wallpaper tray and/or an 8-24” flower box.
In this case we are using a double saddle with a secured block of oasis. I use a Kay Berry easel that I have purchased from them and I push the easel through the foam above the saddle.
I secure this using 18 gauge wire. I then tie it to the easel . . .
. . . and then tie that to the back side of the saddle. I wire it to both sides.
You can see that this process gives you a secure tray and easel assembly.
Place your stone on the easel. Using 18 gauge taped wire, secure the stone to the easel by using the “cast in place” wire on the back of the stone.
Kay Berry’s “Garden Accent Rocks” include hundreds of items ranging in size from 8”x 9” to 19”x 13”, some whimsical, some poignant. The larger stones work well when placed on an easel and surrounded by larger floral displays. An added feature allows many stones to be personalized with an engraved plaque. Also available are garden sculptures, benches and rocks inscribed with famous sayings, verses and phrases which convey the feelings of the moment and then become a lasting keepsake.Shop Garden Accent Stones
Another option for the larger stones is to use an 18-24” planter box.
In this assembly I suggest that you drill two holes just under the lip of the planter box.
Now secure the easel to the flower box through the drilled holes using 18 gauge taped wire.
Next, you want to pry open the space between the “cast in place” wire and the stone.
Now secure the stone to the easel using 18 gauge taped wire. I simply twist the wire by hand and trim off the excess.
From this point you can build your design around the stone and the mechanics are easily hidden. Be sure to carry this arrangement close to your body, keeping the stone to the front.
Another simple, fast and inexpensive piece uses a pre-made silk wreath, a Kay Berry stone and one of Kay Berry’s easels.
I simply wire the easel inside the wreath.
You can see that this assembly is easily moved.
Then place the stone.
Next, wire the stone to the easel. With the lighter stones you will need to push back on the easel. This angles the stone for better balance and will stop the piece from tipping forward.
This piece is finished. You can build a more elaborate piece using cut flowers. Arranging With Large Stones continued Planter Box Option