How to Make Floral Arrangements (Part 1).
Flower Ornaments For Any Occasion.
In our previous blogs, we gave you a short history on floristry. Then we talked about the basics of floral arrangements, focusing on color and design. Now, we talk about making floral designs and arrangements.
In this series, we learn the do's and don'ts of flower design. First, we explore common designs for different containers. Then, we discuss styles used by florists for various occasions. The first part focuses on basic arrangements, like vase bouquets, corsages, and designs. We take you thru picking flowers to making unique designs. We will help you learn common flower arrangements for different needs.
In part two, we learn how to make arrangements for specific occasions. From wedding decor to gift baskets, they are great for showing your creativity. Plus, nothing beats getting to help your clients with their floral needs!
Read ahead if you want a formal track on designing floral arrangements. Look at the American Institute of Floral Designers or the AIFD (www.aifd.org), and the Society of American Florists (www.safnow.org), to name a few. Keep reading for detailed guides on basic flower arrangements. Release your artistic side and add a personal touch to every floral design you create!
Simple Assorted Container/Vase Arrangement.
Vase arrangements are more common than you think they are. Shallow bowls, rectangular containers, or the odd bucket - you got it.
From centerpieces to home décor, this classic arrangement brings life to any space. Here's how to create a simple but elegant arrangement in vases.
Select and prepare your container, flowers and greens. Start off by cutting the ends of the stems at a 45-degree angle. Put a floral foam in the base for more effective water absorption and sturdier arrangements. Insert the foliage and main flowers. Secure them in the floral foam and repeat 2-3 times as you wish.
Place the accent flowers in. Turn the vase around as you place the smaller flowers and secure them in the foam. Keep the arrangement balanced in form and color. Awesome!
Hand-tied bouquets have always been a winner in the romance department. Dates? Anniversaries? Wedding proposals? The inevitable "I'm Sorry" bouquets? Whatever it is, you won't go wrong with a hand-tied bouquet. Its hand-picked flowers and delicate arrangement makes any bouquet precious for every recipient.
To achieve that perfect hand-tied bunch, follow these simple steps.
- Select and prepare your flowers and foliage. Begin your arrangement by laying out your flowers. Try to arrange them in varying sizes and lengths with 4-5 different types for the best results. Like we talked about in our last article, pick your colors first to base your flowers and foliage off of. Trim the ends of the stems at a 45-degree angle. Then remove excess leaves and thorns for easy handling.
- Take a stem of foliage and set your main flower flush against it.
- Insert your accent flowers and angle them towards the center. Rotate the arrangement and continue until all sides have accents. Add the other accents in according to their types and colors and balance out as needed.
- Tie the top of the stems with string and ribbon. Trim the ends at the same length to let the bouquet stand on its own. Perfect!
Wrist Corsage or Boutonniere Set.
Creating corsages is a valuable skill that helps you enhance your floristry skills. You can use it for baby showers, a mom-to-be, or your kids' prom night!
Here's a step by step guide to making corsages:.
- Select and prep your flowers. Like any arrangement, keep your stems fresh and cut off the ends at a 45-degree angle at 2 inches long.
- Make a bunch in any style. Let your creative juices flow and design your own bunch.
- Secure the arrangement. Tie your flower bunch with green floral tape and again with a ribbon around the stems.
How to Make Floral Arrangements (Part 2).