centerpiece vent- nothing is working! Edit- It worked!!!! Update on pg 2
As ya'll read in my other post, I was having issues with my table numbers.
After all the lovely suggestions we went out and bought acrylic paint and stencils to just stencil on the numbers. That failed. Horribly. $5 wasted. The stencils won't stay down, paint gets everywhere.
We finally gave in and bought the $1 each boring stick on numbers. We shall see how well those work later tonight.

The other problem I've been having is holding the damn flowers down. We are submerging calla lillies under water. As we all know, flowers float. I've read online that silicone glue is the best way to hold the flowers down. The people online must have some secret that we are missing, because it's not working. We just re-glued with massive amounts of glue, maybe it will work now. But I'm sort of doubting it. You are supposed to let the glue dry 24 hrs, but won't the flowers die by then? Plus, flowers are wet, will the glue even attach?
I just need something to work right for me this weekend!

Married: 07/27/2012
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May 12, 2012 at 9:13 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Are you using real flowers? If so I heard the best way to keep them down is using pin frogs (pictured below) or by attaching fishing weights to the bottom.

I'm doing submerged flowers but since I'm using the real touch from Hobby Lobby they stay under by themselves :)


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May 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Oh btw the pin frogs are kinda expensive (about $3 each, last I checked) so it might be better to go with the fishing weights.

Married: 07/01/2012
May 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
are they artificial flowers? what about weighting them with clear marbles or the water beads that disappear.

Married: 06/02/2012
May 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
When we did the trail run with ours FH hot glued the roses to the rocks so they would stay and they did for over a week, but thats probably not the best idea
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May 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Ya, we are using real ones, I noticed that the fake ones didn't float, but those are more $$$. sigh.
Those frog things look like they would work, but our vases are clear all the way through.
I have heard of weights. May have to try them out. My dad was already looking at drilling holes in the bottom to put weights in. We where thinking maybe getting heavy screws and drilling them up into the flowers so you can't see them.
We tried the clear water beads on the bottom, I think we would have to fill the entire vase up for that to work. And that would cost around $10 a vase, even buying the dehydrated ones.
Trying to do this for as little $$$ as possible. gah!

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May 12, 2012 at 9:37 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
how about tying a little fish line around them and tying it to a metal washer..thats what i do with balloons to keep them down on a table..it should work fine.

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May 12, 2012 at 9:53 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
One of the biggest problems we are having is whatever we do can't show. The vases are all the way clear, we weren't planning rocks on the bottom (that would be an extra $35 we don't have) or anything.
here is my inspiration picture.


Hayley C™
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May 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Do you have $7 to spare? I would go to a pet store and get a Giant bag of aquarium rocks. Then do everyone's suggestion of fishing wire and fishing weights or washes and a handful of rocks to just cover the bottom.

good luck

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May 12, 2012 at 10:12 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
your pet store must be cheaper then ours, we looked at Petco here and the big bags where $17. Not as bad as $35 like from JoAnns, but still.

Maybe I'm just being stubborn, but there has to be a way to make it work- someone else somehow made it work in my inspiration pic.

Mrs. D (formerly Tasha E)
Married: 06/10/2012
May 12, 2012 at 10:18 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
http://www.ehow.com/how_8188508_submerge-calla-lilies.html
I found this, but I'll keep looking.
Step 2 of this link tells about using aquarium glue
http://www.ehow.com/how_7827028_submerge-flowers-vases.html

I found something that suggests using aquarium glue and says flowers can be submerged for several days if you are worried about drying time.

Step 5: Fill the vases with distilled water, which does not contain additives or chemicals that may be found in tap water. The flowers can be submerged for several days in distilled water. But if your arrangement includes unsubmerged flowers as well, create the arrangements either the day before or the day of the wedding to avoid wilting flowers. Watch the flowers as you fill the vases with water. If they begin to droop, consider only partially filling the vases.


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May 12, 2012 at 10:26 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
If you dont mind the flowers being stuck for a little while then 1 drop of superglue on the bottom shiuld hold them

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May 12, 2012 at 10:32 PM • Flag As Inappropriate

keli716
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May 12, 2012 at 10:43 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
what did they use at the bottom of your inspiration picture? it looks a lot darker at the bottom, was it some kind of rocks or gravel or just a tinted cylinder?

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Married: 07/27/2012
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May 12, 2012 at 11:37 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Another idea bights the dust- we just went to buy little weights and they are too big to fit inside the stem to hide them.
I really didn't want rocks, i like the minimalist look. But it looks like we might be SOL and have to use rocks.
I thought the darkness in the inspiration pic was just the curvature of the glass, but maybe it is rocks.
Thanks for the link though Hayley, i didn't think there would be that much of a difference between petco and petsmart but apparently there is.

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May 12, 2012 at 11:51 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Oo, just tried hot glue, that doesn't work either.

Mrs. D (formerly Tasha E)
Married: 06/10/2012
May 13, 2012 at 12:04 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Oh, it does look like black rocks. You can see the bottom of the stem peeking out on the side.

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May 13, 2012 at 12:10 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
I thought that was the reflection. Sigh. It looks like rocks it is. now to just figure out how to do rocks without breaking the budget, seeing as we have already gone over it. FML.

Married: 06/16/2012
May 13, 2012 at 1:08 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
walmart has the vase filler for 2.99, one packet filled my whole vase, so if you just did the bottom of yours it would do several of them, they have clear too, so you could barely even tell there is anything in there, it just hides the weight

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VASE-FILLER-JELLY-DECOR-WATER-CENTERPIECE-CRYSTALS-USA-/290584918067?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item43a835f833
or ebay also has them

Married: 09/22/2012
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May 13, 2012 at 7:44 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
hey, i'm a florist and the only way to get live flowers to stay submerged is the pin frogs that Tach said, and yes, you'd have to use some sort of rocks/marbles to cover them (i know they're expensive).

the only other suggestion i'd have, and i don't even know if this would work or not since it's not typically used under water, is if you're really adamant about not using the pin frogs/rocks, there is floral glue that we use to glue flowers to corsages. what it does, is seal the end of the flower to help keep what moisture it has inside, with out drying it out. it takes a few minutes to dry, and it's bright gold in color, but it won't kill the flowers with chemicals or heat. if you try this, make sure the bottom of the cylinder is dry, other wise the glue won't stick in the first place.

but like i said, i don't know if it'd work, just offering up suggests. the only real way to do it is with the pin frogs.
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