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 went over 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 do n'ts of flower design. First, we look at common designs for different containers. Then, we talk about styles used by florists for various occasions. The first part focuses on simple arrangements, like vase designs, bouquets, and corsages. 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 create arrangements for specific occasions. From wedding decor to gift baskets, they are perfect 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. Look at the American Institute of Floral Designers or the AIFD, and the Society of American Florists, among others. Keep reading for detailed tutorials on basic flower arrangements. Free your artistic side and add 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 d├ęcor, this timeless arrangement brings life to any space. Here's how to create an elegant but simple 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. Place a floral foam in the base for more effective water absorption and sturdier arrangements. Put in 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 insert the smaller flowers and secure them in the foam. 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 achieve that perfect hand-tied bunch, follow these simple steps. Pick and prepare your flowers and foliage. Start 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, pick your colors first to base your flowers and foliage off of. Cut 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 place your main flower flush against it. Place your accent flowers and angle them towards the center. Turn the arrangement and repeat until all sides have accents. Add the other accents in according to their colors and types 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

Styling corsages is a valuable skill that helps you improve 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 crafting corsages:.

  • Select and prep 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 make your own bunch.
  • Secure the arrangement. Bind your flower bunch with green floral tape and again with a ribbon around the stems.


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