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Description: This three-dimensional heart of preserved roses is luxury in full bloom. Anthony Buhagiar, of NYC flower shop A Rose by Harvest, shares his technique.
Preserved flowers maintain the appearance and texture of fresh ones, but can be stored at room temperature indefinitely. Harvest Wholesale imports only the highest-quality roses, which can be purchased in boxes of six. To purchase a fully assembled wreath, contact A Rose by Harvest .
A contoured appearance adds depth and refinement; "otherwise, it can look like a cake," Anthony says. We found freehand experimentation to be the easiest technique, but you could also trim wired flowers to staggered lengths before pushing them into the foam. Either way, be sure to handle with care.
Fold wires in toward the center. Working from the base of the rose, wrap the "stem" tightly with floral tape and trim to 2 inches. Repeat with all roses.
Print heart template in desired size. Cut out and trace onto floral foam. Using a long-bladed craft knife, cut floral foam into heart shape.