Flower Arranging Basics Flower Arranging Basics

Flower arranging may seem simple to put together but more is involved than just making them look pretty.

Vases

If you don't get the proper size of vase, your work could be time consuming and irritating. Make sure it is the height you want it and make sure the mouth of the vase is big enough to fit as many flowers as you'd like in it. The width of the mouth is more important than the height because you can cut stems if the flowers are too long or add rocks or crystals to the bottom of the vase if stems are too short. You don't want the flowers to be smashed together, though, so make sure the vase is wide enough.

Stationary Flowers

If you are wanting your flowers to remain in a stationary position, use some floral foam at the bottom of the vase or container. Mix water and floral food and let the brick of foam soak. This makes it easier to cut to size and provides flowers with much needed sustanance. After it is soaked, it is very easy to stick the stems of your flowers in, but make sure you leave enough room in the container for adamant water.

Flower Types

Line flowers are the tallest flowers in an arrangement. These are important since they will be one of the first types noticeable to the on-looker. This would include flowers like snapdragons or curly willow branches. Mass flowers are generally the highlight of an arrangement. If your arrangement were to be weighed, these wold weigh the most, giving them their title as mass flowers. These would be flowers like roses, carnations zinneas. Filler flowers give character to your arrangement and are there to fill up the space between line and mass flowers, giving the arrangement a more full look. Baby's breath are the most popular filler flowers, especially in rose arrangements, but you can also use flowers such as feverfew, aster or ferns.

Colors

This is one of the most important and simple parts of flower arranging. You have a lot of options with arranging colors of flowers. For a darker arrangement, you can use colors such as black (or some dark color that resembles it like a dark purple or dark brown), white and gray/silver. For a bright arrangement, try mixing red, blue, purple, pink and white. You will notice that red and blue are the primary colors and the rest are mixes of those. This is typical of flower arranging. You can also go with an arrangement that sticks with one color, such as a green arrangement or a pink arrangement. Don't be afraid to try new color choices out.

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