Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Flower Arranging
Flowers are such a magical creation that can brighten up anyone’s day. A beautiful arrangement can transform a room and be an eye-catching, jaw-dropping piece. If you’ve always wondered how to arrange flowers but don’t know where to begin, don’t worry — we can help. The wonderful ladies of Farmgirl Flowers have created a 25-minute beginner Flower Arranging 101 class, which will teach you all you need to know about flowers and arranging. For now, we’ll walk you through the steps to create a gorgeous wild arrangement that will turn heads.
<br/>– various flowers
– one block of oasis
– floral shears
Types of flowers
3. Dusty miller
5. More roses!
7. Wax flower
8. Flowering quince
When you’re choosing flowers for your arrangement, you’ll need to pick greens for the base, focal flowers, secondary flowers and fillers.
We used dusty miller and flowering quince as our base.
Our focal flowers were roses and peonies. These blooms are a bit larger than the others, so keep that in mind when you pick your focal flowers.
We have a lot of secondary flowers!
And some lovely little fillers.
Before you start arranging your flowers, you’ll need to prepare your vase. Soak the oasis in water until it is fully saturated. Then cut it to size with your knife. It’s okay if it doesn’t completely cover the bottom of the vase. Now fill your vase about halfway with water.
Next, you need to process your blooms. Remove the leaves and cut the stem at an angle. If you’re cutting a branch, you can make a snip in the stem to help it absorb water.
One technique to make your arrangement wild is to add branches. We went with flowering quince, which blooms in late winter. The branches are different lengths and are set in the oasis at different angles. This part is really important, as you are creating the structure for your arrangement. Pay attention to the placement of each branch. The story you are telling with these flowers starts now.
Next we added dusty miller. We placed the leaves in the oasis at different angles and created a shelf that will support the rest of our blooms.
Time to add your focal flowers. These are the blooms that will stand out and be the most eye-catching in the group. Look at the shape of the flower and add it to the arrangement in a way that highlights its beauty and enhances the overall shape of the arrangement.
Our second focal flower is a peony. It’s always a good idea to group your flowers. Rather than creating a polka-dotted look, put multiple flowers of the same type in a little pod. As you can see, we have three peonies together as a little team.
Now add your secondary flowers. Again, making small pods will keep your arrangement from looking spotted. Another tip for the wild look is to pull your flowers slightly away from one another. When all of the flowers are at the same level, you start getting that rounded look, which isn’t a bad thing, but it’s not going to result in an organic shape.
Looking good so far!
Finally, it’s time for the fillers. Check your arrangement for holes and fill them with your small, wispy blooms. This is also an opportunity to add to the wild look. Allow the flowers to flow in their natural direction and then place them where they fit the shape of your arrangement. Jasmine provides a great example. If you hold up a piece, you’ll see that the vine twists and turns in all directions. Don’t fight the natural curves. Use them to your benefit and place them where they will create some interest in your floral work of art.
Don’t forget to pull the blooms out just a hair so there is breathing room around each one. Allow a few to be substantially longer or shorter, to pop out rather than sinking into the arrangement. Create flow and don’t be afraid to let your flowers fall over the edge of the vase.
The beauty of flower arranging is that you can easily try again if you’re not happy with the shape at the end. Better yet, if you’re just learning, you could make an arrangement and then make a new one the next day with the same flowers. Keep practicing and enjoy your flowers!
These flowers are so gorgeous!
What are your favorite flowers? And who is your favorite floral designer? Share with us in the comments below.