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
- Sharp floral shears or a knife
- Large leaves
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.
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.
Tape the brim
To help all the flowers stay in position, create a grid of tape on top of the vase.
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.
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.
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.
Now you’ve got a beautiful arrangement that looks like it came straight from the florist!