You’ve picked your posies, selected your party style and chosen a container. But how do you turn those fresh-cut flowers into a professional looking floral arrangement? Here’s your playbook on how to become a budding genius.
a guide to flower arranging
1. tools of the trade
Gather your gear before you start: floral shears, floral tape, flower frogs and flower food.
2. just add water
Prepare the perfect environment for your flowers by adding a packet of plant food to a container of tepid water.
3. first cuts
Before arranging, use floral scissors to cut an inch off the steps at a 45 degree angle (the fresh cut will help the stems assort water better) and remove any foliage that would fall below the waterline.
4. foam foundation
Use florist’s foam to keep your blooms in place and keep them constantly hydrated so they’ll last longer. Another expert tip: soak foam for 15 minutes before cutting to fir the container. Afterward, water the foam every other day.
5. start big
Add the large, heavy flowers first. Turn the arrangement as you go to create an even placement on all sides. Next, fill in with the smaller blooms, leaving enough space between the stems to pose those posies in their most flattering light and to leave room for each flower to open fully. Finally, drape some of the greenery over the container’s rim for the perfect finish. Every hostess should keep a stash of floral foam on hand so you can quickly transform any container into a clever flower vase.
Every hostess should keep a stash of floral foam on hand so you can quickly transform any container into a clever flower vase.