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Flower Arranging Tutorial

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For the last few years I’ve done a lot of flower arranging.  Flowers for gifts, flowers for church, flowers for weddings.  Lots of flowers!  Since I get a lot of requests from people asking for some tips, I figured I’d put up a little flower ‘follow along’ tutorial.  Here are a few basic tips I have when making a flower arrangement.

  1. Have a good variety of stems.  You’ll want at least one focal flower, something on the larger size.  Dahlias, garden roses, peonies, all good options.  For your filler flowers, try and get a good variety, three to five types are great, all different shapes and sizes.  Think, celosia, snap dragons, zinnias, scabiosa, the options for filler flowers are endless.
  2. For greens, try and get some ‘statement stems’.  Stems that hold their shape well, like tree branches for example.  Olive branch is easily my favorite to work with, it makes a great frame to build off from with the flowers.
  3. Stock your flower toolkit with a few key items.  Good clippers, Oasis green waterproof florist tape, and occasionally I like to bust out my flower frogs.  Other than that, it doesn’t take much.
  4. If you see a flower in some ones yard that you have to have, go offer to pay them a couple of bucks for a few stems.  Flower arrangements really start to stand out once you get a good variety of stems, and foraging out of other peoples yards helps a lot especially if your garden is lacking a bit.

1. Set your vase up.  Fill it with water and attach either a Holly Chapple Egg mold with tape(shown below), or tape a grid across the top with the waterproof floral tape.  The grid holes should be at least 1.5″ .  Add a piece of support tape all the way around the vase edge to keep your grid reinforced.

Empty flower vase with egg flower basket on top

2. Start with the greens, mark out the shape you want your arrangement to take by using the greens as the framework.  You’ll be tucking the flowers in following the lines you create here.vase with greens

3.  Next, add the focal flowers.  The large flowers are great to use along the edge of a vase, or sticking straight out of the center of the vase, where they will be really stable with all the other flowers supporting them.  Again, keep in mind the shape you want your arrangement to take.

Flowers in white vase

4. Start filling in the gaps with all of your great filler flowers.  Save the dainty stems for lasts.   There are certain stems that break easily, and they should be added at the very end to minimize the chance that they’ll break.

5.  Finish the arrangement off with those fragile stems, and tuck in a little more greenery where needed to fill any holes you have leftover.  Make sure to walk all the way around your arrangement so you don’t have any major gaps in the design.

Flowers in white vase

Just follow those few steps to create some fun bouquets to have in your house or give to a friend.  Remember to add water after you’ve finished arranging, fresh cut flowers drink a lot of water!

Flowers in white vase

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