ISSUE 43  |  Small Living

DIY: Black Floral Arrangements

October 26, 2012 9:30 PM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

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Two options for creating a moody Halloween ambience with black blooms, created by two of our favorite florists: Torryne Choate of Birch in San Francisco and Te Dinh Sy of The Willow in Shoreditch in the UK.

According to Sy, "There is something darkly romantic about a black rose, something wicked." To create the desired noirish effect, consider spray painting roses or creating imposters using black crepe paper.

For more moody flowers, see our Black and White pinboard.

Above: "We recently had to prepare some displays for a thirtieth birthday party and the client wanted black roses," Te Dinh Sy says. "Pure black roses are impossible to get, so with a few spray cans, off we went. There is something odd about the process—spraying a beautiful fresh rosebud black—but the results are undeniably beautiful. The new artificial flower: an urban bloom."

Above: A mix of spray-painted roses and fresh blooms.

Above: In San Francisco, Torryne Choate of Birch created a floral arrangement for Alexis Swanson Traina of Swanson Vineyards, using black paper flowers. Country Living has a video with instructions on how to make crepe paper flowers.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on October 18, 2011.