Tips For How To Arrange Flowers For Maximum Lasting Power
The Basic Rules Of Flower Arranging
To make every arrangement your best ever
If you’re looking to show off your flower arranging skills, or just want your cut flowers to look as good as the ones you see in the store, then you’ve come to the right place!
Start Every Flower Arrangement With A Good Foundation
Start With A Clean Vase
The foundation to any good flower arrangement is a clean vase. The vase needs more than a quick rinse before you begin.
One of the most common mistakes people make when arranging flowers is using a dirty vase. Not only does this make your flowers look less than fresh, but it can also make them wilt faster (because you transfer bacteria from one bouquet to the next).
So make sure you give your vase a good wash before adding any new flowers.
The Best Flowers For Your Arrangement
Most cut flowers last 4-7 days on average. Here are some above average varieties that help your flower arrangements last longer:
Chrysanthemums – up to 14 days
Carnations – up to 10 days
Alstroemeria – up to 8 days
Gerbera Daisies – up to 7 days
When you choose flowers with Longer Lasting Power your creation won’t wilt before it’s time and your efforts won’t be wasted.
Add Foliage & Decorations
Foliage and Decorations Adding foliage and decorations is a great way to give your flower arrangement an extra special touch.
Foliage like ivy, ferns, or eucalyptus can add texture and depth to your arrangement, while decorations like ribbons, beads, or stones can really make it stand out.
Just make sure you don‘t go overboard, as too many decorations can take away from the beauty of the flowers.
Now it’s time to start arranging your flowers. These are the 5 essential elements of design that will make your flower arrangement look balanced and professional:
Color is an essential design element in flower arranging. Different colors can evoke different moods and can be used to create a desired effect. Color often has Unconscious meanings. To read more about flower colors and their meanings, follow our blog post here.
How To Arrange Flowers In A Vase
Balance is important in flower arrangements to create a sense of harmony. This can be achieved by using elements of different sizes and colors in a symmetrical or asymmetrical fashion. Here you can see the the longer, larger leaves are balancing each other so the vase looks well balanced and comfortable to look at.
Balance is an extremely important element to how to arrange flowers in a vase. Imagine how unsettled you would feel looking at a vase that you felt was going to tip over at any second.
Texture is an important design element in flower arranging. Different textures, such as smooth or rough, can be used to create contrast and interest.
Texture should be a visible element that makes you want to reach in and touch it. Its a form of living art that draws people in and makes them connect with what they are seeing.
Proportion is the relationship between the size of the elements used in a flower arrangement. The proportions should be balanced and harmonious.
A focal point is the main element in a flower arrangement that draws the eye. This can be achieved by using a larger or more vibrant flower as the centerpiece of the arrangement.
In this example the size of the yellow flower makes it the focal point, drawing in your eyes. The orange flowers, while taller, serve a supporting role to the bright yellow center providing harmony and balance to the design.
Where To Start
Begin by placing the tallest flowers in the back and working your way forward. You can also add in some of the foliage and filler to fill in any gaps.
Secure the Arrangement
To keep your arrangement from tipping over, you can use floral foam or a plastic grid (available at your local hobby shop). Place the foam or grid in the vase and then insert the stems. This will help keep your arrangement in place and make a more professional look.
Finish with Decorations
Once your arrangement is complete, you can add a few decorations. This can include ribbons, bows, stones, or even candles. Just be sure to keep the decorations away from the water so they don’t contaminate it.
Arranging cut flowers can be a fun and creative way to add a touch of beauty to any room. Just remember to follow these tips and you‘ll be creating beautiful flower arrangements in no time. Have fun and good luck!
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