How to Make Floral Arrangements (Part 1).

Flower Ornaments For Any Occasion.

In our previous blogs, we gave you a brief 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 look at common designs for different containers. Then, we discuss styles used by florists for various occasions.
The first part focuses on common arrangements, like vase bouquets, corsages, and designs. We take you thru choosing flowers to making personalized designs. We will help you learn common floral arrangements for different needs.

In part two, we learn how to make arrangements for specific occasions. From wedding decor to gift baskets, they are excellent for showing your creativity. Plus, nothing beats getting to help your patrons with their floral needs!

If you want a formal track on designing floral arrangements, read ahead. Look into the American Institute of Floral Designers or the AIFD (www.aifd.org), and the Society of American Florists (www.safnow.org), and many more.

Keep reading for detailed guides 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 timeless arrangement brings life to any space. Here’s how to craft an elegant but simple arrangement in vases.

  1. 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 efficient water absorption and sturdier arrangements.
  2. Insert the foliage and main flowers. Secure them in the floral foam and repeat 2-3 times as you like.
  3. Place the accent flowers in. Turn the vase around as you place the smaller flowers and secure them in the foam as well. Keep the arrangement steady in form and color. Awesome!

Hand-Tied Bouquet.

Hand-tied bouquets have always been a winner 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.

  1. Pick and prep your flowers and foliage. Start your arrangement by laying out your flowers. Try to arrange them in differing sizes and lengths with 4-5 various types for the best results. Like we discussed in our last article, choose your colors first to base your flowers and foliage off of. Trim the ends of the stems at a 45-degree angle. Then take out excess leaves and thorns for easy handling.
  2. Take a stem of foliage and place your main flower flush against it.
  3. Put in 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.
  4. Bind 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.
Designing 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 designing corsages:.

  1. Select and ready your flowers. Like any arrangement, keep your stems fresh and snip off the ends at a 45-degree angle at 2 inches long.
  2. Make a bunch in any style. Let your creative juices flow and make your own bunch.
  3. Secure the arrangement. Tie up your flower bunch with green floral tape and again with a ribbon around the stems.

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