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White Magnolia and white Dogwood silk flowers made into a floral arrangement.

Milk Can Floral Arrangement For Spring

  • Author: Sheri Ann Richerson


  • 2 sets of a Petal Bamboo Reed Bouquet
  • 2 Dogwood Flower Stems
  • 2 Magnolia Flower Stems
  • 1 bunch of dried twigs such as curly willow
  • Skewers
  • Floral tape (affiliate link)
  • String lights
  • Floral foam (affiliate link)
  • Antique milk can – lid removed


  1. Stuff the milk can full of crumpled newspaper, plastic bags or other filler material to save on the cost of floral foam (affiliate link).
  2. Press floral foam (affiliate link) in the neck area of the milk can. Cut some small pieces to make sure you get good coverage. I chose to re-use the floral foam (affiliate link) from my Easy DIY Antique Milk Can Fall Floral Flower Arrangements as well as the dried twigs and string lights. I typically re-use my floral foam (affiliate link) until it no longer is strong enough to support the floral stems I put into it.
  3. Begin by attaching string lights to the twigs, then putting the lighted twigs into the floral foam (affiliate link).
  4. Then push the Magnolia flower stems into the floral foam (affiliate link).
  5. Once you are happy with where the Magnolia flower stems are located, position the Dogwood flower stems around the Magnolia flowers.
  6. Next add the flowers that are in the Petal Bamboo Reed Bouquet to the floral arrangement.
  7. Now position the bamboo pieces from the Petal Bamboo Reed Bouquet in the back of the floral arrangement. Be sure to position them at varying heights.
  8. Finally add the “grass.” to the bouquet to disguise the mechanics and make it have a full appearance. To do this wrap five or six pieces of the dried plant material around a skewer, then use floral tape (affiliate link) to secure them to the skewer.
  9. Once you are satisfied with how the plant material on the skewer looks, press the skewer into the floral foam (affiliate link). Repeat this process several times.
  10. Then position some of the leftover plant material between the edge of the milk can and the edge of the floral foam (affiliate link).
  11. Once you are satisfied with the fullness of the arrangement the only thing left to do is enjoy it.


Storage Tips: Using a combination of silk and dried flowers make it easy to save them from year to year by simply removing them, rolling them in newspaper to keep them from breaking and storing in a plastic tote.

Be sure nothing heavy is laid on top of them and that the tote does not get crushed.

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