Flower arrangements vary in shape, size and every other visual aspect. When selecting the right one, you will need to consider your needs. Listed below are some easy steps to making different types of flower arrangements. All you need to do is order some fresh flowers from your florist, stock up on the necessary tools and get creative!
As the name suggests, horizontal arrangements consist of the main focal flowers located in the middle of the bouquet with foliage and filler flowers spreading out on either side. These arrangements are perfect for decorating a rectangular dinner table and even buffet tables too! They are often used on the main bridal table at wedding receptions
Simply place your soaked floral foam on a plastic tray and start by arranging your line flowers. These are the flowers that will stretch out to the left and right of the arrangement. Once you have these in place, it’s time to place your focal flowers in position. They will be in the centre of the bouquet and this will also be the tallest point of the bouquet. Fill your arrangement up with foliage, mass flowers and filler flowers so that none of the floral foam or plastic container is visible.
These arrangements are so simple to make! Of course, just because it’s easy does not mean that they are any less elegant! These bouquets are often sent for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, to welcome a new baby and many other occasions throughout the year.
If you are worried about your flowers moving around while you are trying to create the perfect bouquet, you can place some floral foam in the vase to hold each stem in place. Of course, this won’t look great if you’re using a clear vase and should only be done if your vase is NOT transparent. Allow the floral foam to soak up some water and add feel free to add a bit of extra water but do not overfill the vase. Your tallest flowers will be placed in the center and, since they will be surrounded by other shorter stems, their stems can be as much as three times longer than the vase. Around these focal flowers, you should place your mass flowers and a bit of greenery in between. These flowers and foliage should be cut slightly shorter than the stems of the focal flowers so that they are all visible. Continue adding more mass, fillers and foliage in stages and cut them shorter and shorter as you go. The stems in the front should be the shortest and those of the focal flowers will be the longest. This gives a lovely staggered look and your bouquet will not look top heavy as it would if you were to leave all of the stems long.
These arrangements are much like vertical bouquets but they include some horizontal aspects as well. You will normally place these arrangements in floral foam so that the vase doesn’t affect the shape of the design.
Secure your wet floral foam in place and then place your tallest flower in place along with two smaller flowers on either side of it. This will allow you to determine the highest point as well as the width of the bouquet. The larger focal flowers should be placed in the middle of the bouquet and slightly lower than the tallest stems in order to create a fine balance. Add foliage and filler flowers but don’t forget to preserve the triangular shape! You can use foliage to create a more defined base and to help conceal the floral foam and plastic tray.
This style is as simple as it is beautiful. It is the ideal choice for decorating a small table and they are often used to brighten up guest tables at events like weddings and large birthday celebrations. They add colour without taking up too much space and are very easy to create.
You will need to place your floral foam on a plastic tray before inserting your line flowers. These line flowers will determine the height of the arrangement. Lighter coloured flowers and foliage should be placed around the bouquet’s edge while darker, more prominent blooms should occupy the middle. Add filler flowers and foliage to complete your arrangement.