Flower arranging guide: tips on how to arrange flowers
Take the time to learn the art of flower arrangement and you can add beauty to your home and the lives of those you love for years to come!
Tips on how to arrange flowers
Few things can brighten up a room or cheer up a person as much as a beautiful bouquet can. When you buy flowers from the florist, don’t just come home and dunk the flowers in a vase! Take some time to arrange them prettily so that you can enjoy them even more. Similarly, if you’re gifting flowers to a dear friend or a loved one, don’t just tell the florist to throw something together and wrap it up: spend some time on the design and arrangement and the recipient will love you all the more for the gesture and effort.
Create the feeling of celebration
Few things decorate your celebration as beautifully and spectacularly as flowers. Their sweet-smelling aroma, their beautiful natural looks are naturally adapted to fit the normal human likes and tastes.
When it comes down to celebrations you need to make it grandeur and large in scale.
Purchase big flowers
If they are not big, take them in large numbers and arrange spectacular compositions for your celebration.
You can be certain that flowers will deliver a much more pleasant and powerful effect than any other type of decoration. Flowers are capable of seating all the five senses at the same time and no other decoration is capable of such a feat. As if their advantages and qualities are not enough, flowers do not leave any sort of mess and they are extremely easy to be cleaned. Usually, most floral arrangements preferred by people for their homes are made of clematis or tendrils. The reason for this is their cheap price, their beautiful looks and their balanced aroma-not too heavy and not too light. They are perfect if you want to make your guests feel like they are in a garden park while they are actually sitting in your living room.
Preparing the decorative flowers yourself
It is always easy to go to the shop and simply purchase the flowers you need. But what if you happen to pick some up during a trip or from your garden. How can you make them ready to decorate your home and a bit more beautiful? The process is neither short nor simple but there is nothing difficult about it so if you follow the next short guidelines you will become a lot wiser in future when it comes down to the flowers in your home.
First, in order to create a proper flower arrangement, you need to pick up the flowers and leave their stems connected in a long two meter network. You can connect all the flowers in various ways-through wire, through wool or simply by tying their stems together which would look infinitely better but you might risk damaging the flowers themselves.
Second, if you want to make a good looking vase full of flowers, you shouldn’t just take a vase and put flowers and water inside. You must place a lot of flowers in a vase as small as possible, and you need to secure the flowers for the bottom of the vase in a stable enough way which will make it impossible for them to flip the vase over.
Third, if you want to make a good-looking bouquet you must make it as unique as possible but your priority remains its proper looks. You need to pick an extraordinary flower or an extraordinary mix of flowers for them. General concept of a nice bouquet involves a balance between:
Go to a florist if you are unsure of a proper combination or keep reading below;
Achieving balance in floral arrangements
A very important thing you need to accomplish in any set of decoration throughout your home is to achieve the so-called balance. For instance, imagine a ring of flowers. If it is gigantic it is only natural that its odour is a bit stronger because it is bigger. But the odour must depend on the color and the type of the flower. If the flower is a rose then the smell of the composition should be potent.
If it is a less popular and more modest flower that composes your arrangement the smell should be calmer and not as strong.
To arrange the perfect bouquet, always begin with a colour scheme in mind. You can pick an obvious colour scheme: for instance, choosing a single colour family and sticking to shades within it or choosing a specific palette or combination to work with. If you want a brighter bouquet, pick a wider range of colours to work with.
If your flower arrangement is going to be consistent with a lot of flowers, then be careful with the types of flowers you choose. The smell might end up being too strong.
Arranging flowers in a vase
One of the most important decisions to make when arranging a bouquet is choosing the right kind of container.
Martini tall glass vase
If you have “tall” flowers with long stems, a high, ‘’martini” like crystal vase will look wonderful. Place the flowers in the vase, add adequate water and spread the flowers out.
You can start placing them in small circles, starting with a layer at the centre, then another layer surrounding it and so on, with the final layer spilling over the edges of the vase.
Square vase or short vase arrangements
For shorter flowers, you can go in for smaller vases in chunkier designs and interesting shapes and angles. Let the focus be on the blooms themselves and minimize the visibility of the stems, stalks and foliage.
Insert any kinds of decorations that will fill up the short vase, id square in order to focus the flower arrangement to the blooms.
In either case, make sure that the flowers fit into the container compactly.
Each flower should have enough space of its own without being crushed by the others, but at the same time, no flower should droop or fall over the edges. A sparse flower arrangement looks even worse than an overcrowded one!
Arranging flowers in a basket
As mentioned later on in this article, there is always the need to have an idea of what and for what occasion you will be doing the arrangements. It is always easy to buy the flowers, get your basket and proceed with the arrangements. You should always have:
Plastic bags to wrap the foam in them;
Then, you insert the wrapped foam on the basket. You add greenery and attach it to the basket in order to hide the flower foam. Since you have done this, then it is time to arrange the flowers; You can choose to start from small to big or big to small blooms inserted in the foam.
Flower arrangements in a bouquet
If you wish to make your own flower arrangements, then you must consider several things prior to making the flower arrangement in a bouquet. Having a garden full of flowers that have already bloomed is the perfect start or you can simply buy different flowers and make your own. Handing in flower arrangement in a bouquet is the perfect gesture of love, respect and kindness and better, when made with attention to detail and by yourself.
What to consider prior to making your flower arrangement in a bouquet?
What types of flowers are you going to mix?
What type and color of flower paper are you going to wrap your flower into?
Are you going to add a small flower foam so the flowers last longer?
Would you want to add a vase instead?
The answers of these questions will take the lead and help you into your efforts of making a flower arrangement in a bouquet. Make the best of what you can and hand in your flower bouquet with a nice card or set of chocolates. Make sure to mention that you have made the flower arrangements in the bouquet.
Funeral flower arrangements
Funeral flower arrangements can be done by professionalists. Usually, most people buy a funeral wreath, made in a specific way with the help of a metal frame and flower foam. As mentioned above, you should keep in mind to achieve flower and color balance. Usually, on such occasions it is better to talk to a flower arrangement company.
If you still want to make your own funeral flower wreath then:
Buy a metal frame;
Get the flower foams;
Buy 3 types of flowers;
Start arranging; You put the foam (already wet) on the frame. Then you usually cut the floral stems to be enough to get into the foam. Add greenery, black ribbon and you have it.
Special care tip: To keep the flower foam of dripping water - wrap it into any kind of plastic that will prevent the water dropping. Then make little holes or use wire that you will attach to the stable and wrap the wire around it.
If you love order and patterns, you can arrange flowers according to any design you like! For instance, if you’re arranging them in a circular pattern, create a “colour wheel” where you place one flower of each colour before repeating the cycle again. Or you could arrange the bigger flowers at the heart of the bouquet and the smaller flowers on the outside. You can even try an “ombre” arrangement and place the flowers in a colour gradient scheme, ranging from light to dark.
The actual trick to arranging a beautiful bouquet is in understanding balance. Balancing colours, heights, flower sizes and foliage is important because a bouquet should look perfect as a whole, and not like a random collection of perfect individual elements.
Once you’re satisfied with how the bouquet looks, trim the stalks at an angle, snip away any excess foliage and place the flowers in a vase with water and flower food. If you’re taking the flowers as a gift to someone, you can either place them in a flower or tie them into a proper bouquet using twine, ribbons and transparent wrapping.