In today’s post you’ll learn some simple floral arranging tips. Create an easy yet beautiful gradient flower centerpiece, even if you’ve never arranged flowers before!
Who doesn’t love flowers and despite the beauty that they bring, arranging them should never be stressful! Disclaimer that I’m not a trained florist. However, there are a few tricks that I’ve learned with years of putting countless bouquets together. Today I’m sharing an idea that came to me when I was at the grocery store. There were gobs and oodles of pink flowers available and it got me thinking. How about a gradient arrangement in shades of pink! It seriously only took me 20 minutes to create this plan.
SIMPLE FLORAL ARRANGING TIPS – GRADIENT BOUQUET
- Lay out the flowers on a flat surface and separate by color. Since this was going to be a gradient floral arrangement I set them out from light to dark.
- Grab your container and cut a length of chicken wire that you’ll roll into a ball. I used white coated chicken wire that you can find inexpensively here.
- You will want to use some waterproof floral tape to secure the chicken wire so it stays in place. That’s all…easy, fast!
I talked about that this method in this post and it was interesting to read that it’s used more by real pros these days. More of that at the bottom of this page!
Next you’ll want to start on one side of the pot with either your darkest or lightest color. I planned on using just a couple of sparse pieces of greenery in this arrangement, so was going to add those accents last.
Turn your flowers upside down (one by one) when trying to determine how much stem to cut off. This helps visual the correct height, especially when you’re not a pro!
Fill to almost the top with water. Begin inserting the the flowers into the chicken wire, starting on one side and then moving across the pot. In most arrangements you’d work your way outside in, but since this is gradient I approached it differently. The great thing about chicken wire is that it’s easy to make adjustments, whereas with floral foam it’s not as easy.
Just keep working by filling in as much of the color on the side as it takes to cover the chicken wire. A good trick is to manipulate some of the flower petals to make the flower look fuller. Keep going towards the other side of the pot with lighter color flowers. Be sure to keep turning your arrangement so that it looks good from all side. That is, unless you’ll be placing it where you don’t see the back!
Once you’re satisfied with the look, add in a few accents of greenery.
Push a flower or two and some greenery down to hang over the sides. Do this artistically and randomly and with the chicken wire, it’s easy!
The other side of this pretty arrangement.
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There you have it, but along with these simple floral arranging tips I have a GIVEAWAY that I think you’ll LOVE! My friend Erin of Floret Flowers has just written another book! I received my advance copy last week and could not put it down. If you don’t know who Erin is, she and her husband own a working flower farm in Washington State. I had the chance to meet her several years ago at the Better Homes & Gardens Stylemaker event in NYC. She was just the sweetest person to chat with and I knew that big things were on the horizon for her! She has arrived and you can find her website at Floret Flowers and on Instagram at Floret Flower. Erin would like to give TWO of my readers a chance to win an autographed copy of her new book, A Year In Flowers. You seriously will not be able to put this book down if you love flowers like I do! Simply LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST for a chance to win. We will draw 2 winners at random soon and be notified ON THIS POST! That’s it…I hope that you enter.
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