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. With this series, we learn the do's and don'ts of flower design. First, we look into 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, corsages, and designs. We take you thru picking flowers to making custom 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 customers with their floral needs! If you want a formal course on designing floral arrangements, read ahead. Look at the American Institute of Floral Designers or the AIFD, and the Society of American Florists, and many more. Keep reading for detailed guides on basic flower arrangements. Unleash your artistic side and put in a personal touch to every floral design you create!
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 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. Set 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 put in 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 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 blooms and delicate arrangement makes any bouquet unique for every recipient. To get that perfect hand-tied bunch, follow these simple steps. Choose and prepare your flowers and foliage. Begin 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 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 away excess leaves and thorns for easy handling. Take a stem of foliage and place your main flower flush against it. Insert 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 types and colors and balance out as needed. Bind the top of the stems with string and ribbon. Cut the ends at the same length to let the bouquet stand on its own. Perfect!
These are pairs of colors right across from each other on the color wheel. Examples include red and green, yellow and violet, and blue and orange. They create an intriguing palette because of their clear contrast to each other. This is perfect for designing intense or vivid floral arrangements!
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 creating 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 bunch in any style. Let your creative juices flow and make your own bunch. Secure the arrangement. Tie your flower bunch with green floral tape and again with a ribbon around the stems.
Read all about Floral Ornaments for Plants and Gift Baskets in our next article.