This weekend I went to a beautiful, local, eco-friendly floral shop called, Pollen, and learned how to create a flower arrangement. What I thought would be an overwhelming experience was actually very fun and easy! I love flowers. I believe they brighten up any space and bring life to your home.
Practicing the five steps below will have you refining a new skill that maybe seemed like something that was out of your realm before. Use your skills when you host your next dinner party, need flowers to cheer a friend up, or even better, throw a flower arranging party for you and the gals.
It’s always best to shop locally for florals and this time of year, you should be picking up fresh flowers from your local farmers market. When it’s not farmers market season, you can always stop by your local flower shop or go to the grocery store.
Once you have the flowers you’d like to assemble, cut all of the stems. This will vary based on the size of your vase. Along with cutting the stems, you will want to remove any foliage that will fall below the water line. Any leaves in the water will create bacteria and will, in turn, affect the flowers.
Create a base. In my arrangement, I used white hydrangeas as the base which made for a great blank canvas. You can use a green foliage or whatever else you’d like as your base.
Add your big blooms! These will serve as the focal point of your arrangement. I used four in my arrangement. Avoid having empty spaces or adding too many flowers.
Complete the bouquet by adding your smaller, accent flowers. Some people like to have symmetry with their accents while others prefer odd numbers. That is all preference and part of the fun of making the arrangement your own.
I learned about a technique called shadowing, which means placing an accent flower below and the another above of one of your big focal point flowers. The varyings heights add a shadow effect to one of your big blooms, adding a more dimensional look to the bouquet.
For a longer lasting floral arrangement, cut the stems every other days and add fresh water to your vase.