How to Make Floral Arrangements (Part 1).
In our previous blogs, we gave you a brief history of floristry. Then we talked about the basics of floral arrangements, focusing on color and design. Now, we talk about making floral designs and arrangements.
With this series, we learn the do's and don'ts of flower design. First, we check out common designs for different containers. Then, we talk about styles used by florists for various occasions.
The first part focuses on common arrangements, like vase designs, corsages, and bouquets. We take you thru selecting flowers to making unique designs. We will help you learn common flower arrangements for different needs.
In part two, we learn how to create arrangements for specific occasions. From wedding decor to gift baskets, they are great for showing your creativity. Plus, nothing beats getting to help your customers with their floral needs!
If you want a formal track on designing floral arrangements, read ahead. Check out the American Institute of Floral Designers or the AIFD (www.aifd.org), and the Society of American Florists (www.safnow.org), among others.
Keep reading for detailed tutorials on basic flower arrangements. Release your artistic side and put a personal touch to every floral design you make!
Simple Assorted Container/Vase Arrangement.
Vase arrangements are more common than you think they are. Shallow bowls, square containers, or the odd bucket - you got it. From centerpieces to home décor, this traditional 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. Place a floral foam in the base for more efficient water absorption and sturdier arrangements.
Place 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 insert the smaller flowers and secure them in the foam. Keep the arrangement steady in form and color. Awesome!
Hand-tied bouquets have always been a success in the romance department. First 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 blossoms and delicate arrangement makes any bouquet unique for every recipient.
To create that perfect hand-tied bunch, follow these simple steps.
Select and prepare your flowers and foliage. Start your arrangement by laying out your flowers. Try to arrange them in differing sizes and lengths with 4-5 different types for the best results. Like we talked about in our last article, select your colors first to base your flowers and foliage off of. Cut the ends of the stems at a 45-degree angle. Then take out excess leaves and thorns for easy handling. Take a stem of foliage and place your main flower flush against it.
Place your accent flowers and angle them towards the center. Turn 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. Bind the top of the stems with string and ribbon. Snip the ends at the same length to let the bouquet stand on its own. Perfect!
Wrist Corsage or Boutonniere Set.
Creating corsages is an useful skill that helps you develop 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 prepare your flowers. Like any arrangement, keep your stems fresh and snip off the ends at a 45-degree angle at 2 inches long.
- Make a bundle in any style. Let your creative juices flow and create your own bunch.
- Secure the arrangement. Tie up your flower bunch with green floral tape and again with a ribbon around the stems.
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