How to Make Floral Arrangements (Part 1)

Flower Ornaments For Any Occasion

In our previous blogs, we gave you a short history on floristry. Then we went over the basics of floral arrangements, focusing on color and design. Now, we discuss making floral designs and arrangements. With this series, we learn the do's and do n'ts of flower design. First, we explore common designs for different containers. Then, we discuss styles used by florists for various occasions. The first part focuses on simple arrangements, like vase bouquets, designs, and corsages. We take you thru selecting flowers to making custom designs. We will help you learn common floral arrangements for different needs.

In part two, we learn how to make arrangements for specific occasions. From wedding decor to gift baskets, they are perfect for showing your creativity. Plus, nothing beats getting to help your clients with their floral needs! If you want a formal course on designing floral arrangements, read ahead. Check out the American Institute of Floral Designers or the AIFD, and the Society of American Florists, among others. Keep reading for detailed tutorials on basic flower arrangements. Release your artistic side and add a personal touch to every floral design you create!

Simple Assorted Container/Vase Arrangement.

Vase arrangements are more common than you think they are. Shallow bowls, rectangular containers, or the odd bucket - you got it. From centerpieces to home d├ęcor, this classic arrangement brings life to any space. Here's how to make a simple but elegant arrangement in vases. Select and prepare your container, greens and flowers. Start off by cutting the ends of the stems at a 45-degree angle. Set a floral foam in the base for more effective water absorption and sturdier arrangements. Put in the foliage and main flowers. Secure them in the floral foam and repeat 2-3 times as you want. Place the accent flowers in. Turn the vase around as you put in the smaller flowers and secure them in the foam as well. Keep the arrangement balanced in form and color. Awesome!

Hand-Tied Bouquet.

Hand-tied bouquets have always been a hit in the romance department. Dates? Anniversaries? Wedding proposals? The inevitable "I'm Sorry" bouquets? Whatever it is, you won't go wrong with a hand-tied bouquet. Its hand-picked blooms and delicate arrangement makes any bouquet special for every recipient. To create that perfect hand-tied bunch, follow these simple steps. Pick and prep your flowers and foliage. Begin your arrangement by spreading out your flowers. Try to arrange them in varying sizes and lengths with 4-5 various types for the best results. Like we discussed in our last article, select your colors first to base your flowers and foliage off of. Trim the ends of the stems at a 45-degree angle. Then take out excess leaves and thorns for easy handling. Take a stem of foliage and put your main flower flush against it. Put in your accent flowers and angle them towards the center. Rotate the arrangement and repeat until all sides have accents. Add the other accents in according to their types and colors and balance out as needed. Bind the top of the stems with string and ribbon. Trim the ends at the same length to let the bouquet stand on its own. Perfect!

Wrist Corsage or Boutonniere Set.

Designing corsages is a valuable skill that helps you enhance your floristry skills. You can use it for baby showers, a mom-to-be, or your children' prom night! Here's a step by step guide to designing corsages:.

  • Select and prep your flowers. Like any arrangement, keep your stems fresh and snip off the ends at a 45-degree angle at 2 inches long.
  • Make a bunch in any style. Let your creative juices flow and design your own bunch.
  • Secure the arrangement. Tie up your flower bunch with green floral tape and again with a ribbon around the stems.


Read all about Floral Ornaments in our next article.