Ikebana Style Blooms

We love the arts, attention to design and bright, tropical colors. One of the things we are most proud of is that our bottled teas come in recyclable glass bottles, but frequently we hear from YOU, our loyal customers, that the bottles are just “too pretty” to recycle and many of you have some pretty amazing collections lying around your hale (house). 

Don’t worry, we do, too! One of the ways we take to upcycling our bottles and making something pretty and useful out of them is using our empty Shaka Tea bottles as vases, giving them away as hostess gifts, to neighbors, our kids’ teachers, and to brighten up the office.

Being from Hawaiʻi means there is an amazing confluence of cultures from around the world, especially Asia and we have a strong Japanese history in the islands, celebrating many Japanese traditions. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging, which literally means to arrange plant materials and gathers inspiration from nature and simplicity, rather than overflowing with blooms and the arrangement symbolizes the heavens, humanity and the earth, each which is represented by different elements in the arrangement. There are many different styles of ikebana, but here is our take on a nageire -inspired arrangement, which are traditionally presented in tall vases, so our bottles are the perfect base! 

Becoming schooled in the art of ikebana takes years, so here is our ikebana-inspired take on a simple, floral arrangement done in our Pineapple Mint bottle:

Materials:

  • 2 branches of different lengths, one longer, one shorter, foraged from your yard, a hike, or on a neighborhood walk
  • 1 sprig of greenery, we like using a fern stem
  • 1 large blossom of your choice. In Hawaiʻi, we like to use an anthurium, ginger, or protea
  • 1 Shaka Tea bottle; we like Pineapple Mint and the green tones on the bottle for this simple, clean and nature-inspired arrangement!

 

Fill the empty bottle nearly to the neck with cool water. Add the branches in first and place in opposing directions. Then add sprig of greenery, arranged to complement the longest of the branches. Lastly, add your blossom, cut at a shorter height  to pop above the neck of the bottle by a few inches and relatively centered. 

Written by Bella Hughes