RIO Olympics 2016 | Heliconia’s Olympic Torch Flower Arrangement

by Monday, August 15, 2016

RIO Olympics 2016 is getting more and more exciting each day. There are so many ways to show our love and support for the Summer Olympics! Why not make a DIY flower arrangement that represents the infamous Olympic Torch!

The ancient Greeks believed the Olympic Torch symbolizes fire with sacred qualities and was gifted to mankind by Prometheus. It is also a symbol of harmony and goodwill. To ignite flames, they used mirrors to focus the sun’s rays that would perpetually burn in front of Greek temples. It was 1936 when the modern use of the Olympic Flame began with a long relay of runners carrying torches from Olympia to the site of the games.

RIO Olympics 2016 | Heliconia’s Olympic Torch Flower Arrangement

Feel the vibes of RIO Olympics 2016 with a festive floral arrangement! To celebrate this year’s Summer Olympics, we are sharing this tutorial on how to make a flower centerpiece in 6 easy steps! This creative display concept will give your love for flower arrangements a pro factor. For this tutorial, we will be using a flower that best resembles the Olympic Torch — the Heliconia Stricta. Its flowers are bright orange and flame-like that spire above the leaves.

For this RIO Olympics 2016-inspired flower arrangement, you’ll need:

  • Heliconia (8 stems)
  • Strelizia Leaves (3 leaves)
  • Flexi Grass
  • Bamboo Rings (40 rings)
  • Cutter
  • Tie
  • Vase

 

How-to:

 

Step 1. Cut the bamboo rings

Step 1 | Heliconia's Olympic Torch Flower Arrangement | RIO Olympics 2016

Using a wood cutter, cut ten bamboo rings in their circumference. We’re going to make a chain by looping them together to resemble the Olympic Rings.

Step 2. Loop the bamboo rings

 

Loop the Bamboo Rings | Heliconia's Olympic Torch Flower Arrangement | RIO Olympics 2016

Loop each bamboo ring to form a chain. Repeat this step to make four sets of chains in ten.

Step 3. Assemble

Add More | Heliconia's Olympic Torch Flower Arrangement | RIO Olympics 2016

For the flower arrangement, take one Heliconia and Strezilia leaf. Then, take one set of chain loop and add another stem of Heliconia looping in the other end of the chain to form a curvature. Add a few pieces of flexi grass. (Remember to hold the bouquet real tight).

Step 4. Add more!

Add More Flowers | Heliconia's Olympic Torch Flower Arrangement | RIO Olympics 2016

Continue adding more flowers, leaves, and bamboo chains together.

Step 5. Tie them all together

Tie Them Together | Heliconia's Olympic Torch Flower Arrangement | RIO Olympics 2016

When you’re done putting them together, hold the bouquet tightly, and tie them using a wire.

Step 6. Level the stems

 

Level the Stems | Heliconia's Olympic Torch Flower Arrangement | RIO Olympics 2016

Carefully cut off the overlapping stems of the plants to make the bouquet’s stems even.

 

Ta-dah!

 

Finished Product | Heliconia's Olympic Torch Flower Arrangement | RIO Olympics 2016

And you’re done! Your Olympics torch-inspired floral arrangement is now ready to be placed in a vase.

 

Watch the full video by Flower Factor to guide you in making this beautiful RIO Olympics 2016 flower arrangement:

That didn’t even break a sweat for you, right? Look at that beauty! With this centerpiece, watching RIO Olympics just got more exciting! If you want to get really creative with this flower arrangement, try painting the bamboo rings with the colors of the Olympic Rings’!

Paint them alternately with blue, yellow, black, green, and red! This way, you’ll have the Olympics excitement kicked in.

 

Sportswear for Kids | Heliconia's Olympic Torch Flower Arrangement | RIO Olympics 2016

Now that we have a pretty Olympic torch centerpiece, we’re now ready to cheer for our favorite teams! To make it more exciting, have your kids show off their love for the Olympic Games by sewing them these adorable sportswear ideas by sewing.com.

 

How did you like your floral arrangement? Let us know by leaving comments below! Wondering why your flowers wither so fast? Know the tricks to saving them. Click here!

 

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