Simple flower arranging can add instant style to your home or any occasion. Whether your floral arrangements are large or small, artificial or dried, for the table or for a wedding, these tips will help you create stunning, modern sprays of colour.
The first step to making stunning floral arrangements is to make sure you choose the right flowers and plants that will suit the space or event your floral masterpiece is intended for. A good flower arrangement should feature a variety of plants including greenery, delicate stems and the stars of the show; beautiful blooms.
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Tools and workspace
You should ideally use a table as a workspace. Sitting and working on your arrangement is much easier than bending over and also allows you to have an eye level view of the arrangement. Make sure you have some sharp scissors and (if you’re using a wide flat vase) something to create a grid to hold the flowers in place. Chicken wire works well as does tape at the top of the vase. You should also have a jug of water and some plant food.
The right vase for you
The type of vase you use will determine how your bouquet is going to look. Opaque vases are better as they will hide the stems and anything you use to hold the flowers in place. Conversely glass vases are very on trend. For the beginner, longer thinner vases are advisable as they provide a lot more support to your arrangement.
Create a masterpiece
Once you’ve got all your materials it’s time to start arranging! Make sure stems are cut diagonally and that the lower stems are stripped of leaves and put water and plant food in your vase. A general rule of thumb is to start with greenery (Sword Fern leaves always work well) and the 'support' flora that will act as a background to your main blooms.
Add in feature blooms
Once you built an attractive arrangement of green, add your feature blooms arranging them so they’re not too crowded so they have a chance to stand out. Finish your arrangement with some delicate stems to provide an accent to the feature flowers and create a spray like effect. In no time you’ll have an eye-catching arrangement that’s bound to impress.