Carnival and Ikebana for Children
In Spain Carnival takes place in late February or early March, usually in the week prior to Lent. It is a week of indulgence and fun before Lent, and at school the children celebrate by wearing fancy dress costumes. Although this year’s festivities are very much subdued, we decided to add some colour to our house by creating a Carnival inspired ikebana arrangement.
My youngest daughter created a colourful structure using coloured ice-cream sticks, joined together with colourful loom bands (the small rubber bands children use to make bracelets).
She placed the structures on inexpensive colourful glass vases, making sure to vary the space between the vases.
Finally, after much deliberation, she added two bright orange Gerbera flowers, using the structure to help balance the flowers in the vases.
Initially, she had also chosen Ruscus along with Gerberas, however, after taking a few steps back to view her arrangement she decided that the Gerberas were enough, and that the Ruscus would hide the structures.