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 discuss making floral designs and arrangements. In this series, we learn the do's and don'ts of flower design. First, we check out common designs for different containers. Then, we discuss styles used by florists for various occasions. The first part focuses on simple arrangements, like vase bouquets, designs, and corsages. We take you thru choosing flowers to making custom designs. We will help you learn common flower arrangements for different needs.
In part two, we learn how to design arrangements for specific occasions. From wedding decor to gift baskets, they are great for showing your creativity. Plus, nothing beats getting to help your patrons with their floral needs! Read ahead if you want a formal track on designing floral arrangements. Check out the American Institute of Floral Designers or the AIFD, and the Society of American Florists, among others. Keep reading for detailed guides on basic flower arrangements. Free your artistic side and add a personal touch to every floral design you create!
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 classic arrangement brings life to any space. Here's how to craft a simple but elegant arrangement in vases. Select and prepare your container, greens and flowers. Start off by cutting the ends of the stems at a 45-degree angle. Set 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 like. Place the accent flowers in. Turn the vase around as you place 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 hit 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 blossoms and delicate arrangement makes any bouquet unique for every recipient. To achieve that perfect hand-tied bunch, follow these simple steps. Choose and prep your flowers and foliage. Begin your arrangement by laying out your flowers. Try to arrange them in varying sizes and lengths with 4-5 various types for the best results. Like we discussed 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 away excess leaves and thorns for easy handling. Take a stem of foliage and put 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!
Styling corsages is an useful skill that helps you enhance your floristry skills. You can use it for baby showers, a mom-to-be, or your children' prom night! Here's a step by step guide to creating corsages:.
Read all about How to Make Floral Arrangements (Part 2) in our next article.