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How to Make Floral Arrangements (Part 1)

Flower Ornaments For Any Occasion

In our previous blogs, we gave you a short history on floristry. Then we talked about the basics of floral arrangements, focusing on design and color. Now, we talk about making floral designs and arrangements. For this series, we learn the do's and do n'ts of flower design. First, we look into common designs for different containers. Then, we discuss styles used by florists for various occasions. The first part focuses on basic arrangements, like vase bouquets, designs, and corsages. We take you thru choosing flowers to making unique designs. We will help you learn common floral arrangements for different needs.

In part two, we learn how to design arrangements for specific occasions. From wedding decor to gift baskets, they are excellent for showing your creativity. Plus, nothing beats getting to help your patrons with their floral needs! Read ahead if you want a formal course on designing floral arrangements. Check out the American Institute of Floral Designers or the AIFD, and the Society of American Florists, among others. Keep reading for detailed tutorials on basic flower arrangements. Release your artistic side and put in a personal touch to every floral design you create!

Simple Assorted Container/Vase Arrangement

Vase arrangements are more common than you think they are. Shallow bowls, square containers, or the odd bucket - you got it. From centerpieces to home d├ęcor, this classic arrangement brings life to any space. Here's how to craft a simple but elegant arrangement in vases. Select and prepare your container, greens and flowers. Start off by cutting the ends of the stems at a 45-degree angle. Place a floral foam in the base for more effective water absorption and sturdier arrangements. Place the foliage and main flowers. Secure them in the floral foam and repeat 2-3 times as you like. Place the accent flowers in. Turn the vase around as you insert the smaller flowers and secure them in the foam as well. Keep the arrangement balanced in form and color. Awesome!

Hand-Tied Bouquet

Hand-tied bouquets have always been a hit in the romance department. First dates? Anniversaries? Wedding proposals? The inevitable "I'm Sorry" bouquets? Whatever it is, you won't go wrong with a hand-tied bouquet. Its hand-picked blooms and delicate arrangement makes any bouquet precious for every recipient. To achieve that perfect hand-tied bunch, follow these simple steps. Select and prepare your flowers and foliage. Begin your arrangement by laying out your flowers. Try to arrange them in differing sizes and lengths with 4-5 various types for the best results. Like we talked about in our last article, pick your colors first to base your flowers and foliage off of. Trim the ends of the stems at a 45-degree angle. Then take away excess leaves and thorns for easy handling. Take a stem of foliage and place your main flower flush against it. Place your accent flowers and angle them towards the center. Rotate the arrangement and continue until all sides have accents. Add the other accents in according to their types and colors and balance out as needed. Tie the top of the stems with string and ribbon. Trim the ends at the same length to let the bouquet stand on its own. Perfect!

Wrist Corsage or Boutonniere Set

Designing corsages is an useful skill that helps you improve your floristry skills. You can use it for baby showers, a mom-to-be, or your kids' prom night! Here's a step by step guide to making corsages:.

  • Select and ready your flowers. Like any arrangement, keep your stems fresh and snip off the ends at a 45-degree angle at 2 inches long.
  • Make a bunch in any style. Let your creative juices flow and make your own bunch.
  • Secure the arrangement. Tie up your flower bunch with green floral tape and again with a ribbon around the stems.


Read all about Plants and Gift Baskets in our next article.