Good evening friends! This has been on my radar for a long time and though I have done many posts on tulipieres, I have never done a step by step tutorial. My tulipieres that I created have become one of my best selling items, they are spectacular if I can say so myself:) They are hard to find and if you visit the Netherlands you will see that they run several thousands of dollars (for comparable sizes). And today and tomorrow in honor of this post, for the first time ALL TULIPIERES ARE 15% OFF!! Click here to see all of them (we are low in stock so subject to availability) They really “make” a table and filled with flowers, they really are a sight to behold, so yes you could say I am proud:) Anyway we get periodic questions about tips and advise on how to use them, store them,etc….so thought with spring only weeks away and flowers season beckoning, that this would make a timely post. First a few questions I get often- How to keep it stable as I am afraid the parts will topple? They come in four pieces which really is ideal as it allows for easy access when you need to add water and when you want to move or carry them somewhere it never gets too heavy as you do it piece by piece. Some have used a porcelain glue to glue the four pieces together. That is certainly you prerogative but I like having the four pieces vs one whole tulipiere. There are “putty’s” that can temporarily bind the pieces together if you have young kids or pets nearby that you are afraid may knock it over. I have many tulipieres and knock on wood it hasn’t happened once. What kind of flowers to use in the tuliperes? Anything! That’s the beauty, all flowers work. Obviously flowers with large heads are not idea but if you take say, the hydrangeas, you can cut them into mini clusters and use them beautifully in a tulipiere. Obviously tulips are a no brainier and I love using filler flowers and sprigs of fresh greenery. How to clean? Once you have used your tulipiere simply put it in the sink add a tiny bit of dishpan to one of the holes and let the water flush through it until it runs clear. Dry upside down on a dry clean towel and store on a shelf (does not have to be wrapped up). Can I run them through the dishwasher? They are glazed porcelain so technically yest you can but it is not advised. I recommend hand washing. Can you tell me a bit about my tulipieres that I sell? My tulipieres come in small, med and extra large. They are handpainted and are porcelain. They are offered in three styles, the original which is a gorgeous blue and white, and a lighter airier style called Village Scene and a pretty solid white. For today I am using one of the original medium tulipieres and one extra large village scene tulipiere. How should I store them? Well if you ask me, they are too pretty to put away:) But what I normally do is store them in a closet wrapped in some kind of soft cloth or tissue. I simply dust or rinse them off when ready to use again. But normally I keep mine out on display year round, even without flowers they are beautiful with a capital B! What sizes do I recommend? Really depends how/where you want to use them. I myself like the medium and hte extra large. The small are good for small spaces or if you have a small vignette but for me personally I like the impact of the med and extra large. Every size has it’s place! How about securing the pieces together? Should I do that? For anyone looking for a porcelain glue that will permanently hold the pieces together we have a glue that is made by our factory it is $5.00 per tube, contact us to purchase (email orders@enchantedhome or call 800-804-9565). A tube is now included with every tulipiere purchase. And for a temporary solution, a lot of event planners use this below- Here are the “steps” in how I add flowers to my tulipieres- I first get a big plastic tarp or oversized clear garbage bag (cut open and placed over my island or whatever work space you have. I gather all my materials, the tulipieres, a pitcher of fresh clean water, my flowers and my cutting shears. I carefully fill each part of the tulipiere with water just until it reaches the top of the openings. I start to cut my flowers, generally between 4.5″ -6″ (6″ would be as an example for the bottom piece of the extra large) You should remove most of the leaves/greenery in order to be able to fill as many flowers as possible I start with the bottom piece and work evenly on all sides then move up to the next piece,etc….. Once all openings are filled in, I then reassess as to where it needs filling in and then if I am using any kind of greenery, at the end will go in and add small sprigs where I see an opening When I want to bring it to wherever it will be used, I usually get a tray and put the four pieces on the tray and then assemble it where it will be used As with all flowers, rooms that are slightly cooler will help the flowers to last longer. Have the parts at the ready after laying down a big piece of plastic (even a garbage bag will do) Grab your shears and flowers Take flowers out of plastic Start cutting away, for the medium, I make my stems about 4-5″ and for large a little larger Ready? Add fresh cold water to each section Fill until just full Start adding the flowers till your hearts content! Part of the fun is playing around with the color combinations Moving onto second tier Almost done Added fresh boxwood for a little contrast, then step back and admire:) Moving along to tulipiere #2 Ta dah! All done…..adds instant spring cheer to my kitchen island:) I experimented with them on my hallway chest too and added my gorgeous blue and white bunnies….instant spring happiness! _________________________________________________ And there you have a tutorial on how to make your tulipieres come to life, such fun and no combination is off the table. Here’s a look at some previously done tulipieres….see any color combination is possible! Spring flowers cannot come soon enough:) _________________________________________________ Have a case of tulip fever? Yep, me too…you are not alone:) I just love my tulipieres, and love how easily you can change the look depending on the season, colors and flowers available.There are endless possibilities and I am having loads of fun playing with them and reinventing new looks every time:). If there are any questions I did not address feel free to ask them in the comment section. Thanks for stopping in, wishing you a great evening as we near the end of the week. Until next time……… PS Second day of the fabulous silver sale is on! So many gorgeous pieces, click here to see the sale.