A knapsack full of wildflowers

Packing a knapsack immediately makes you think of summer. Then, with a few simple tools – and a myriad of summer flowers – you can make one in minutes! And another one…and another one…

Step 1:
Your knapsack starts out with a blue chequered tea towel (an inexpensive item at discount stores). Lay it out flat and place a shallow stainless-steel bowl on top of it. Fill the bowl with a large block of floral foam. Make sure that the top surface of the floral foam does not stick out above the top of the bowl; otherwise, your tea towel will get wet.

Step 2:
Tie a piece of twine onto the four corners of the tea towel. You might want to use a sheet bend for this (this and other handy knots can be found at https://www.animatedknots.com/)

Step 3:
Secure the floral foam with adhesive (or other) tape to keep it in place

Step 4:
Insert a slender cane into the floral foam and attach the four pieces of twine to it with adhesive tape. This will keep the pieces of twine up (and they won’t disappear among the flowers later).

Step 5:
Insert the flowers into the floral foam. Blue flowers will provide a real summery effect.

Step 6:
Create a tripod out of three branches or sturdy canes. Untie the pieces of twine from the central cane (this cane can also be removed now) and attach the pieces of rope to a snap hook. Use this snap hook to hang the knapsack from a sturdy rope that you have already secured to the tripod.


Nice weather coming up? Launch the picnic season with a filled knapsack in front of your shop. The knapsack would also be great for garden parties, outdoor weddings and mid-summer parties. Make several and arrange them in a row. How about along the driveway or at the party venue itself? It doesn’t get more summery!

Flower list:

  • Agapanthus
  • Ageratum
  • Grasses
  • Larkspur (Delphinium)
  • Scabiosa
  • Triteleia

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