DIY FLORAL ARRANGEMENT

    Most people appreciate decorating their houses/spaces with flowers and this coming up with an appropriate floral arrangement can be intimidating. Well, fret no more. Below are some basic steps to create your flower centerpiece like a professional.

Things you need:

  • Glass vase
  • Tape
  • Lemon
  • Bleach
  • Sharp floral shears or a knife
  • Stapler
  • Flowers
  • Large leaves
  • Water

 

Monochrome flowers

  The magic of perfect floral arranging happens before flowers even go into the vase. Start by selecting the right amount of flowers. The trick is to look at the opening of your vase, and then purchase enough blooms to make up four times the surface area of that opening. Many people also are uncertain about how to mix and match colors. The simplest solution is to go monochromatic. Just select three to five flower types in the same color family.8f1cd4767e21939cf0d101268d086d52.jpg

 Create a suitable environment

The ideal water environment for cut flowers has some acid to help move water up the stems, sugar to feed the flowers and an antibacterial agent. Lemon juice  contains both the acid and sugar while household bleach is a good bacteria killer. Fill a clean vase about three quarters of the way with one part lemon juice and three parts water and add one teaspoon of bleach per quarter of water.

Hide the stems

Most florist-created arrangements do not show the flower stems. Opaque ceramic vases hide the stems, but glass vases do not. Therefore, lining a glass vase with leaves gives the arrangement a professional touch. Use large flat leaves. The water in the vase amplifies the leaves like a magnifying glass for a beautiful effect.b9b7ad6694499bcbd856b98bcc80a6ab

Tape the brim

To help all the flowers stay in position, create a grid of tape on top of the vase.6bc440713eed7bea2ff16045b080bf91

 Cut the stems

Using sharp floral shears, cut the stems at a diagonal so there is more surface area for water to travel up the stems. Do not use household scissors, which will crush the stems. Ensure to cut the stems under running water or a basin of water to prevent air from going into the stems as the air will block water absorption.846A6644-2206-4511-B31A-87782E4BA8A7

Section the flower groups in the vase

  The secret to a professional-looking arrangement is to group the same type of flowers together rather than mixing them up. Assign certain sections on the tape grid for each flower type and place the flowers within those sections. Work from one side of the vase to the other, filling in sections of the tape grid as you go. The flowers that are around the perimeter of the vase should be cut shorter to cover the rim, while the middle flowers should be taller. This creates a dome shape in which the stems are not visible.6bc440713eed7bea2ff16045b080bf91

  Filling the gaps

The final touch to a professional arrangement is a unifying element that ties it all together while filling in any empty spaces. Using tiny blossoms in the same color family punctuates the arrangement in various spots. Even though the flowers have been separated by type, the blossoms blur the boundaries for cohesive arrangement.0fe7ac59913e967695964672b474a091

Now you’ve got a beautiful arrangement that looks like it came straight from the florist!

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