Simple Guide to Making Floral Arrangements

Simple Guide to Making Floral Arrangements

Though a good florist can make floral arrangements look effortless, designing your own bouquets and vase arrangements for an at-home event can seem quite daunting. Following a few basic guidelines as you create your bouquet can help you avoid common problems like lopsidedness or holes in the crown.

Choose appropriate flowers for the occasion.

A festive dinner or celebration calls for lots of color. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your bouquet, use fun shapes and colors and mix with interesting accent greens as flowers such as yellow craspedia or curly willow. Oranges, reds, and yellows mixed with purples and blues are great for celebratory events like banquets and parties. On the other hand, if you’re planning a more down-tempo affair, or attempting to create a sympathy bouquet stick with elegant tones of white, cream and blue, perhaps mixed with some greens like bear grass or ti leaves.

Pick a vase and form your “base”.

Now you’ll have to make some decisions about the dimensions of your arrangement. How high do you want it to be? Should it be wide or compact? Take the location of the arrangement into consideration when you make these decisions; this will help you pick the right sized vase. The greens and foliage will be the foundation of your bouquet and help to shape the entire arrangement as you add flowers. It’s important to spend a little extra time and care on this step. Build a foundation that is higher towards the back and allow the foliage to rest easily on the edge of your vase. You can decide whether to make this base of green asymmetrical (for a more modern look) or symmetrical (more traditional).

Add your “face” flowers.

Weave the larger “face” flowers – such as roses, peonies, anything with a large, open head – into your foliage, trimming the stems at different lengths so that they don’t form a bulky line of blooms, that’s a sure way to ruin the aesthetic of your bouquet. The stems of the foliage should form a kind or netting or web that will hold the face flowers in place. Play around with the arrangement of the flowers until you find a design that’s pleasing to you. It doesn’t have to be symmetrical, but watch out for lopsidedness or drooping.

Add smaller blooms and accents.

Now to complete your bouquet, add your accent flowers and greens or vines, such as curly willow or forsythia branches. Make sure to add these at every level of the bouquet and fill in any holes. Flower arranging is an art, not an exact science. Find a shape and organization that works for you and if anything doesn’t look right move things around. You want to end up with a cohesive shape where flowers are not so loose that they fall out or droop, and so tight that it looks overly manicured. You’ll know when you’re done.