DIY | Alternative to Floral Foam – Spring Arrangement with Clay

Today I show you how to create a spring-like arrangement with tulips, roses, ranunculus, freesia, larch branches and lichen in a wooden box. I use clay as the sticking base for this. This is a natural, more environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative to traditional floral foam. I have answered general and frequently asked questions about floral foam in a floral foam FAQ on sustainability, disposal, microplastics, etc.


Here you can see what tools I used for the spring arrangement. You need a pair of household scissors, gardening shears, gardening pruners and disposable gloves.

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Gardening pruners*
I use the Japanese gardening pruners Okatsune 103*
Gardening shears*
I use the Japanese gardening shears Okatsune 304*
Disposable gloves*


These are the materials I used for the flower arrangement: A wooden box, clay as floral foam alternative, foil to line the wooden box, Icelandic moss lichen, larch branches and the following spring flowers: pink tulips, pink ranunculus, white freesia and also white roses.

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Wooden box*
Transparent foil*
Icelandic moss lichen*
Larch branches*
Tulips (pink)*
Ranunculus (pink)*
Freesias (white)*
Roses (white)*


Step 1: Lining wooden box with foil

The first step is to line the wooden box with the transparent foil. I do this to protect the wooden box. Moreover, I can get the clay out better after the lifespan of the flower arrangement.

Cut the foil to fit your wooden box with household scissors and then place it inside.

Step 2: Fill wooden box with clay

The second step is to put the clay in the lined wooden box. I use potter’s clay, as this clay is very soft and the flowers are easy to put in.

Put on gloves if necessary and press the clay to the bottom.

Step 3: Cut flowers

Now I prepare the fresh flowers for the arrangement. To do this, I remove all the leaves and cut the flower stems with the gardening shears to about five centimeters

Step 4: Cut larch branches

I use the shears to cut the larch branches. I want to put the branches later wild into the clay and leave them a little longer than the flower stems.

Step 5: Fill clay

Now you can put the floral elements into the clay.

First, I lay a larch branch across the wooden box.

Then the white roses are inserted.

Next are the pink ranunculus.

Now I put the pink tulips in the clay.

Then follow the white freesias.

In the next step, I put the larch branches between the early bloomers.

In the last step, I cover all the gaps that are still visible with the lichen. This protects the clay from air and ensures that it does not harden as quickly. I also add a little water to the clay every day so that the surface stays soft and the flowers are taken care of. Thus, the arrangement remains fresh for a few days.

I hope you enjoy the sight of the spring arrangement with clay!



Hi, I'm Jenny! I love flowers and easy DIY ideas. If you like my DIYs, have a look at my pins on Pinterest!

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