Thursday, August 22, 2013

DIY Flower Arrangements

A fresh bouquet of flowers is always a delightful finishing touch to a home during any season. They not only look great, but smell fantastic too! There are two common styles of modern floral arrangements,  European mixed with New World and an Oriental style. It’s easy to distinguish one from the other because European and New World arrangements are more complicated and busy when compared to the simplicity of an Oriental style.

Creating your own floral arrangement can be a challenge since there are more than 270,000 species of flowers to choose from, but our simple steps will have you creating expert arrangements in no-time! Over the next few months we’ll be learning about several popular floral arrangements including mixed bouquets, one-color and greenery, but today we will focus on the basics.

  1. The foundation of a floral arrangement should be established using foliage. Select an asymmetrical shape with a set high point in back but one that also leans on the vases lip. Remember, you do not want the foundation to be too thick because you still need to add flowers!

  1. Now it’s time to select the flowers that will be used in the arrangement. Choose flowers with a large “face” and cut stems into varying lengths in order to create depth within the arrangements shape. The foliage created in step one will help keep flowers in place. Don’t be afraid to move things around until it looks just right.

  1. The finishing touch to our arrangement will be wispy pieces such as ferns, or flowery vines. They should be placed in three specific areas: in the middle, high on one side, and then a lower area so that they are allowed to spill out of the vase.