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The Art of floral arranging is one of pride in oneself, and the happiness it brings others.


Tip: when planning your arrangement, imagine the look of flowers in their natural state, the highs, the lows, the mediums and the width. SILK: Basic Rules of design:

It takes time to get used to all the possibilities and limitations when using silk florals. They are similar in use, but, artificial flowers are a different art form. The line, focal, filler technique is an excellent way to design artificial and dried flower arrangements.

For Horizonal arrangements:

-Using a relatively shallow container, anchor foam with a lot of glue or use anchor pins, and position sprays of line flowers to establish the shape of the design.

-Insert focal flowers in the middle so they gently droop over the lip of the container on both sides, reach towards the line material and extend on either side of the middle. Leave room for filler flowers.

-Fill in and around focal area with filler flowers and foliage. For Horizonal arrangements: -Wedge or secure foam in a vase with hot glue. Cut the stems of the tallest flowers or leaves to reach three or four times the height of the vase.

-Place the focal flowers vertically within the diameter of the vase. -Fill in the areas as needed with filler flowers. For Triangular arrangements: Secure floral foam. Determine the vertical height and horizontal width with the smallest line flowers and/or leaves. Make the height higher than the width.

-Position the largest focal flowers in the heart of the arrangement and slightly lower to give weight and balance. -Fill in with the filler flowers and foliage keeping within the triangular shape. For Oval arrangements: -Secure the floral foam. Determine the height with line flowers, then frame in the outer edges of the oval shape with light colored flowers and foliage.

-Place the largest, strongest or brightest flowers in the focal area. -Fill in around the larger flowers and leaves with the filler flowers. For Free Standing arrangements: -Fill a shallow container with foam that extends one inch over the top. Secure the foam with hot glue, floral clay or floral tape. Define the shape of the design with the line flowers and leaves. - Place the focal flowers and leaves, turning the vase as you go so all the sides are even - Add filler flowers to integrate the design. FRESH CUT FLOWERS: Arranging cut flowers in a Vase: Fill the vase with cool tap water (Warm water can force unopened buds to bloom too quickly) . Measure the flower against the height of the vase and decide where to snip. Lay stems on a cutting board and, with a kitchen knife, cut on an angle, which exposes the stem to more water. If you prefer, use floral shears instead of a knife. Bind the flowers with a clear-colored elastic and trim any too-long stems. Finally, place the flowers in the vase. For longevity & freshness, an aspirin is not the flowers best friend, nor is Listerine antiseptic, but one teaspoon of sugar does duplicate the sugar rush that occurs during photosynthesis. It can, however, promote bacterial growth. yet the results are good. The best bet though, is to use flower food that comes in small packets, which is readily available at any florist shop. It always works.

Supermarket arrangements: If you purchase your cut-flowers from the supermarket, they are usually a thrown casually together in a mixed bouquet, consisting of carnations, chrysanthemums, lilies, roses, golden solidagos, and a few stems of greeneries thrown in. In their defense, they simply cannot afford to put out an elegant arrangement. Most people who love fresh flower arrangements in their home, prefer to take apart the markets bouquet and make a statement with their own talent. 1. Never mix more than two contrasting colors in the same vase, although there are some exceptions. 2. Assorted flowers of different sizes and shapes can be mixed when they're all in the same color family, such as reds and pinks, yellows and oranges, or reds and purples. 3. When pairing two dissimilar flowers, choose varieties with distinctly different textures and shapes. 4. Practice makes perfect in detail.

One More Time

  1. Think about the size of the space in which your arrangement will be placed, and choose the size of your container and flowers accordingly. A big vase and lots of flowers will look overcrowded on a small side table. A small vase and few flowers would look lost in a larger display area.

  2. When using open flowers, such as roses, daffodils or gerbera daisies, try to turn some of them at different angles to show different shape. Try not to arrange your flowers all facing in the same direction if the arrangement can be viewed from various angles. Do consider that flowers usually open to the sun, so go for a natural look, but the arrangments can face different directions.

  3. Try to allow some space between the flowers to prevent a crowded effect.

  4. Make sure that your vase is leak proof and that it has a neck which is big enough for the flowers to fit comfortably.

  5. If the flowers sometimes don't stand up straight it could be that your vase is too short for the flowers, or that the flowers are too tall for the vase. A good way to check if the vase you would like to use is of an appropriate height, is too see if the vase is at least half as tall as the flowers.

  6. If you cut your flowers too short, don't think that it is all for loss! Either put pebbles or marbles at the bottom of your vase for shorter flowers to stand on. You could also simply cut the head off of the flower and float it in a decorative dish, along with candles.

  7. You can use filler flowers in a sparse looking arrangement to give it a much fuller appearance. Some good examples of filler flowers include, feverfew, ferns, Queen Anne's lace, baby's breath, heather, statice, and aster.

  8. To give your arrangement more dimension cut the flowers at various lengths. Place the longest stems in the center of your bouquet.

TIP: For an Instant floral vase holder in your bathroom: Use the cup hole in your toothbrush holder for a pint size fresh and fragrant arrangement. Lastly, - Don't buy fresh flowers, unless you're rushing right home, otherwise, they will wilt. -Use clean vases and tools. Mold speeds up the decaying process in flowers. (Make sure everything is well rinsed, too, since soap changes the pH of the water.) - Remove leaves that will be below the waterline. They promote bacteria growth that hinders circulation. - Don't bother cutting stems underwater. Just have your vase ready. The difference in life span is inconsequential. - Use a small hammer to smash the woody stems of flowers such as hydrangeas and lilacs so they can absorb water more easily. - Flowers from bulbs do better in cold water. - Don't mix daffodils with other flowers. They produce a sap that gums up other stems. (Soak daffodils for a few hours in a separate vase first if you plan to include them.) - Force unopened flowers to bloom in minutes by putting them in very warm tap water. - Wilted flowers, especially roses, can be revived by submerging them in cool water for a few hours. - Flowers will look fresher longer if they're kept off TVs, appliances, and heating or cooling units, which give off heat that wilts them. Also keep them out of direct sunlight and away from hot or cold drafts.

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