During my senior year of college, I took Introduction to Floral Design…I needed an elective and it was this versus or another dry lecture type class…you already know the winner.
I’ll tell you right now, this course was a lot more complex than you might think. I know, I know, how hard could flower arranging be? The act of arranging wasn’t too strenuous, but the memorization of all of the flowers we used (scientific and common names) as well as the proper techniques was quite burdensome while juggling 5 other classes, as well.
But as it turns out, this class was one of the most ‘practical’ I took! For an aspiring hostess, creating a nice arrangement is quite important…perhaps superior to,say, Nature of Politics?
This is a tutorial for an arrangement containing 3 varieties of flowers. My mom purchased these flowers at a local grocery store- 3/$10.00. She chose colors complimenting each other to create an autumn feel. An alternative is to make your arrangement monochromatic (i.e:all flowers in an arrangement having tints, shades and tones of a single hue.).
Both are great, and allow a lot of variation.
Step 1: Prep your flowers. Clean the bottom of stems by pulling off extra leaves. Choose a vase, and cut the stem to a size that compliments the height of the vase (repeat with rest of flowers). A floral knife (yes, I had one) is best, but scissors will work just fine in a pinch if you don’t have a sharp knife.
Step 2: Choose the largest, most perfect flower, and that will be your central focal point.
Step 3: Take a different type of flower, visualize placing flowers in points of a triangle around the center flower and place 1 flower in each space.
Step 4: Keep visualizing the triangle, and now, place one new stem in between each “point” made by flower #2.
Step 5: Repeat the process with the remainder of Flowers 1,2 &3…Filling in the spaces. Once you try it, you will see what I mean.
Step 6: Place in the chosen vase and spread the flowers around to your liking.
If you’re interested in more information about floral design, here is the old web page for the class.
Grab some flowers and try! I promise you, it will look beautiful and make your house even more of a home.