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. With this series, we learn the do's and don'ts of flower design. First, we explore common designs for different containers. Then, we talk about 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 flower arrangements for different needs.

In part two, we learn how to make arrangements for specific occasions. From wedding decor to gift baskets, they are great for showing your creativity. Plus, nothing beats getting to help your customers 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, to name a few. Keep reading for detailed guides on basic flower arrangements. Unleash your artistic side and put in a personal touch to every floral design you make!

Simple Assorted Container/Vase Arrangement.

Vase arrangements are more common than you think they are. Shallow bowls, rectangular containers, or the odd bucket - you got it. From centerpieces to home d├ęcor, this timeless arrangement brings life to any space. Here's how to craft an elegant but simple 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. Put 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 wish. Place the accent flowers in. Turn the vase around as you insert the smaller flowers and secure them in the foam. Keep the arrangement levelled in form and color. Awesome!

Hand-Tied Bouquet.

Hand-tied bouquets have always been a success 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 create that perfect hand-tied bunch, follow these simple steps. Choose and prep your flowers and foliage. Start your arrangement by spreading 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. Snip the ends of the stems at a 45-degree angle. Then take out excess leaves and thorns for easy handling. Take a stem of foliage and place your main flower flush against it. Put in your accent flowers and angle them towards the center. Rotate the arrangement and repeat 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 a valuable 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 prep your flowers. Like any arrangement, keep your stems fresh and cut off the ends at a 45-degree angle at 2 inches long.
  • Make a bundle in any style. Let your creative juices flow and design your own bunch.
  • Secure the arrangement. Bind your flower bunch with green floral tape and again with a ribbon around the stems.


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