How to Make Floral Arrangements (Part 1)

Flower Ornaments For Any Occasion

In our previous blogs, we gave you a short history on floristry. Then we went over the basics of floral arrangements, focusing on design and color. Now, we talk about making floral designs and arrangements. For 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 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 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 customers with their floral needs! Read ahead if you want a formal course on designing floral arrangements. Look into 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. Release your artistic side and put a personal touch to every floral design you create!

Simple Assorted Container/Vase Arrangement

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 d├ęcor, this timeless 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 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 wish. Place the accent flowers in. Turn the vase around as you insert the smaller flowers and secure them in the foam as well. Keep the arrangement balanced in form and color. Awesome!

Hand-Tied Bouquet

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 flowers and delicate arrangement makes any bouquet special for every recipient. To get that perfect hand-tied bunch, follow these simple steps. Pick and prepare your flowers and foliage. Start your arrangement by spreading 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, pick 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 put your main flower flush against it. Insert your accent flowers and angle them towards the center. Rotate 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. Tie 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

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 creating corsages:.

  • Select and prep your flowers. Like any arrangement, keep your stems fresh and cut off the ends at a 45-degree angle at 2 inches long.
  • Make a bunch in any style. Let your creative juices flow and design 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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