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How to Make a Floral Arrangement

Just like my wreaths, I have made many floral arrangements, but have never sold them or really paid attention to technique.   I kind of just, made them.  When I started my wreath business, I began to really pay attention to the Do's and Don'ts of design and color theory.  My wreath business just celebrated its' three year anniversary of opening this past January and now I have begun selling floral arrangements.

There are so many amazing books I have read that have helped me to learn more of the "technical side" of creating floral arrangements.  My first favorite book is Floret Farm's A Year in Flowers.  I first learned of this farm when I visited the New York Botanical Gardens last year and purchased Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden.  I created my first, REAL cut flower garden last year and this book was beyond helpful.  My second favorite book for creating floral arrangements is Flower Color Theory   Both of these books cover plant types, color combinations, vessels, how to secure the flowers, and different styles for different occasions/areas/looks.

For the floral arrangement above, I mixed in different greenery and angled one side up and the other down.  This gives it more of a dramatic, show stopper look.  Then I incorporated all different kinds of flowers, some tall, some short, some large, some small.  If you look closely at the flowers you will see some light green in the middle of the peony and some white throughout the ranunculus.  Can you see how the flowers connect to each other from a color standpoint?

Now for this floral arrangement above, I went for a very simple look.  I used a bunch of pink hydrangeas, bent the stems, and placed them in this vase.  This is very easy to do and does not require much technique at all unlike the bright pink one.  And to give you a tip, I bent the stems so that if I ever wanted to use the hydrangeas for a taller centerpiece I could because the stems were still intact.  

Another design I want to share does require some technique, but less than the first.  This is a small purple floral centerpiece.  I used a wood box planter that measures 4x4x4 inches.  This requires technique pertaining to color theory.  There are many different shades of purple that are all connecting to create this piece.  I also added some light colored eucalyptus.  Now what happens if you are not good with color technique yet?  I have a little secret to tell you.  Many craft/floral stores have pre-made bouquets that you can purchase.  The work of color theory is already done for you.  If you also notice there are no high or low points for this arrangement.  Everything is basically the same height and close together, which is much easier than high and low arrangements like the first one.

Adding flower arrangements to your decor is a simple and fun way to change seasons, add some color, and give your space a personal touch.  

Make sure to follow me here so you can see some of my videos on how I made these arrangements and much more by clicking.  My Esty shop is also in this link where you can see what arrangements, bows, and wreaths I have available to purchase.  

Hope you enjoyed and were inspired to make a beautiful arrangement for yourself!



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