Have you ever heard of a metal flower frog? Or know how to use one in floral arrangements? They are interesting objects.

As a little girl, I saw these odd-looking objects in my grandmother’s closet. One day, I saw her using one to do a floral arrangement for her dining table. I was intrigued watching her.

My grandparents owned a florist. As a young girl, I spent hours hanging out to watch them make beautiful arrangements. I got to have the broken flowers that they tossed on the floor. My little hands would gather up the unwanted flowers. These flowers were treasure to me, and I carried as many in my arms to place in my bicycle basket.

I would gather up my flowers to style them an old spaghetti sauce jar in my play fort. Little girls love to playhouses and will even sweep the dirt floors in their little houses.

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A flower frog is a florist tool used to sit in dish or vessel filled with water. It is used in floral arranging. The flower frog frog helps you keep the stems of the flowers secure as you do a flower arrange in a dish or vessel. It helps to anchor the floral arrangement. Water proof molding clay or tape will keep the flower frog from moving around. You can design your flower arrangement easily.

Flower frogs comes in varies of forms from metal cages, metal with pins, glass and plastic with holes around the circle, etc. You can find vintage to brand new ones. Many of them are metal.

You may have seen them at yard sales, thrift or antique stores and pass them by. They really are unique little treasures.

Let me share some of the different flower frogs in my collection. They vary from vintage to new ones and come in assortment of styles.

These are vintage cage style flower frogs. A great item to add to your vintage collection.

These two vintage flower frogs above are my favorite. You may have seen where I use them to hold photos on a bookcase or under a cloche. The first flower frog pictured is a Metal Pin. The second one is called a Metal Hairpin Flower Frog.

You can find vintage flower frogs in glass. They are beautiful sitting out. Here an amber color flower frog holding pens on my desk.

This new flower frog that has spiky pins that come inside their own metal cup and is called a Metal Flower Frog Pin Cup Holder. It is a Black Aluminum 3′ Lip Water Holding Cup with 32mm Kenzan attached. You can make a beautiful small floral arrangement with one.

Several years ago, at Lucketts Spring Market, my mother purchased this Flower Frog Pin Cup Holder as a gift for me. What I love about it is that you add water in the cup and insert your flowers into the pins to create a small flower arrangement.

These types of Flower Frogs are perfect for the home, to use for showers and smaller scale flower arrangements. And, perfect for adding a simple arrangement into your bathroom or on a nightstand.

Fill your metal flower frog pin cup holder half way up with water.

Select your anchor flower. This flower should be tall. Next, add in some green leaves. Here I used two leaves pulled from a Geranium Plant in my garden.

Begin to layer your flowers. You can stack two in various heights.

Add plants for visual interest (small decorative cabbage and berries with greenery). When you use the flower frog, you only need a few flowers and some greens for your design.

During the Spring and Summer months, the metal flower frog pin cup holder is perfect to use with cut flowers from the garden.

Don’t you just love this small flower arrangement? So perfect for small spaces and packs a lot of punch of color.

You can make a darling arrangement in less than 10 minutes.

For this floral arrangement, I am using a vintage white ironstone casserole dish. Place your large flower frog in the bottom of the dish. You can use waterproof mounting putty or tape to secure it. The metal Flower Frog is heavy and will stay put.

Add enough water to cover the spikes on the Flower Frog.

Start with your anchor flower and place in the center.

Now add a focus flower. A focus flower is one that you want to display front and center. Next begin working in your greens as your fillers.

You can see that I added my greens low at an angle. The next step is to work in your feature flowers.

You will add your feature flowers. Next you will work in the smaller filler flowers and berries.

Stability: Metal flower frogs anchor stems securely, allowing for more creative freedom in placement and design.

Water Retention: Used in a shallow pool of water within a vase, metal flower frogs keep blooms hydrated for extended freshness.

Versatility: Metal flower frogs work well with a variety of flowers, from delicate stems to sturdier branches.

Here is the finished flower arrangement. It is perfect the counter. It is displayed on a riser and great for if you were having a brunch or shower. The food could be on the counter with your floral arrangement elevated.

I love the wispy look of the arrangement.

May you have a blessed day, sweet friend!

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  1. How fascinating! I’ve never seen the metals ones before. What I have are the glass ones with the holes to hold the flowers stems in place. Great post! ❤️

  2. Tammy this is a wonderful post! I’ve always used my frogs simply as decor. I’ll be using your tips to take advantage of the fresh blooms from my garden!

  3. Thank you for bringing this to my attention! I knew about them but not enough and now I see how they really could help me. Love the story about you gathering up the flowers off the ground from your family’s florist shop. What a wonderful memory!

  4. I knew what these were but I had no idea that’s what they were called. I must admit, I have never used them but your post has inspired me! Thanks for sharing!

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