If you’ve ever considered yourself a connoisseur of flowers, there’s no doubt that you’ve thought about how much easier it would be if there were a school for flower arranging. You’d learn not only how to arrange flowers but also how to maintain them so they last as long as possible. Thankfully, we have such a school! And today, I’m going to show you some easy tips for making sure that your arrangements stay fresh for weeks.
Step 1: Take a picture of your flowers.
- Take a picture of the flowers in their natural habitat
Take a picture of your flowers as they are growing and blooming, so you can see what they look like before you pick them. This is helpful when deciding which flowers to use in your arrangements, so you don’t pick ones that aren’t in bloom or look good together.
Step 2: Study the picture.
Now that you’ve picked out your flowers, take a moment to study the picture. Look at the colors and how they are arranged. Determine what’s in the focal point of the arrangement and how it is positioned. Study how the background is arranged, including whether there is any greenery or additional flowers behind it.
After studying a few arrangements like this, you’ll start getting a feel for what makes an arrangement aesthetically pleasing—and by paying attention to these details as you make your next flower arrangement, you’re well on your way toward creating beautiful arrangements yourself!
Step 3: Use the right tools.
- Vases come in a variety of sizes and shapes, so take a moment to consider what you’re trying to achieve. If your goal is to show off the flowers as much as possible, then you’ll want a tall vase. The taller the vase, the more flowers that can be displayed on top of it. Many flower arrangements are created with this idea in mind: towering bouquets placed on high pedestals or tables make for beautiful displays!
However, if your goal is for a low-profile arrangement that’s easy to move around and put anywhere (a bedside table or desk, for example), then choose something shorter but still substantial enough not to tip over when filled with water and plant matter.
- When choosing containers for your arrangements—or any container full stop—it helps if they are wide enough so that you can fit all the elements into them without having too much empty space at either end; this way when finished everything looks nice and full! Additionally though try not too go overboard because there will inevitably be some excess plastic left over after finding out just how tight those pesky buds weaved themselves together during trial runs before finally deciding upon which ones would work best together…
Step 4: Gather your flowers for your flower arrangement.
When choosing your flowers, it’s important to consider whether they are in season. You may want to choose flowers that will last for longer than one or two days if you’re planning on keeping them for a long time.
You’ll also want to think about where the flowers are grown and how easy they are to find. If you can’t find the exact kind of flower you want at your local grocery store, try asking around until someone knows where they grow in your area! Maybe look into growing them yourself too!
Next up: how easy transportation is. Try not to pick anything too fragile because we don’t want any broken stems by accident (or worse – on purpose).
Step 5: Choose your vase for your flower arrangement.
It is important to choose a vase that is the right size for your arrangement. A good rule of thumb is that the flowers should take up about two-thirds of the volume of the container. If you want to add more water, do so sparingly; too much water can cause wilted petals and stems in your arrangements by drowning them out.
Choose a color scheme for each flower arrangement you create. This will help ensure that all elements work together to create a cohesive design. For example, if you have chosen pink roses as one element of your design, try pairing them with dark green leaves or foliage instead of yellow or orange ones; this helps balance out the look and give it some visual interest.
Choose shapes carefully as well: round vases tend to make circles look larger than they actually are; conversely straight lines appear smaller than they are when displayed in square containers (they’ll look better when placed on slant). When choosing glassware make sure there aren’t any bubbles or imperfections in its surface because these will show up through any paint/glaze applied over top (this applies similarly if using resin).
Step 6: Fill the vase with water, add flower food and soak the flowers.
Now that you have your flower arrangement, it’s time to add water and flower food.
- Fill the vase with lukewarm water and add a pinch of flower food such as ProFlowers® Floral Essentials™ Liquid Plant Food (this is my favorite).
- Gently place your flowers in the vase and allow them to soak for 10 minutes or so, preferably while they are still on their stems so they don’t get damaged from being handled too much during this process.
Step 7: Prep the flowers for arranging in their vase by cutting the stems at an angle, removing leaves from the lower part of the stem, and pruning thorns from roses so that they don’t tear up your fingers when you’re arranging them.
- Cutting the stems at an angle is helpful because it allows more water to reach the bottom of the stem, which will help keep your arrangement fresh and hydrated.
- If there are leaves at the bottom of your flower stems, you can remove them by pinching them off with your fingers or snipping them with sharp scissors.
- Thorns on roses can be removed with pruning shears or a pair of kitchen tongs wrapped around each individual thorn to pull it out from its base.
Step 8: Choose a single focal point for your arrangement. This is what you’ll design around, like one large flower or a piece of fruit that you want to draw people’s attention to. This will be in the center of the arrangement and might be a tall flower or a number of flowers of different heights that add up to one tall area in the center.
- Choose a single focal point for your arrangement. This is what you’ll design around, like one large flower or a piece of fruit that you want to draw people’s attention to. This will be in the center of the arrangement and might be a tall flower or a number of flowers of different heights that add up to one tall area in the center.
- Try using one large flower instead of several small ones as your centerpiece, as this will help create an airier look for your design, which can make it stand out more than if it were full and dense with smaller flowers all over.
Step 9: Add complementary colours to your arrangement, like red next to yellow or blue-green next to orange. These colors are located directly opposite each other on the color wheel and balance each other visually. Using these colors together creates drama and depth within a floral arrangement.
Add complementary colours to your arrangement, like red next to yellow or blue-green next to orange. These colors are located directly opposite each other on the color wheel and balance each other visually. Using these colors together creates drama and depth within a floral arrangement.
As an example, let’s say you’re arranging flowers for an event with a fall theme. You have chosen burgundy and gold as your main flower colors for this event because they correspond with fall’s warm browns, oranges and reds. To complement these tones, try using green or blue flowers from the same palette in small amounts throughout the arrangement (like under leaves).
Now, you’ve got all the basics for making durable flower arrangements. You can follow these steps to make any type of arrangement you want and it will last longer than if you just threw flowers in a vase without any thought!