Floral Design 101

My friends and family know that I love flowers. As of last year, I’m certified in floral design. I wanted to share some tips that I have learned throughout my classes.

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Beautiful finished product.
  1. Keep the flowers in water as you are working.

    The flowers will suck up air when they are out of water. This will create an air bubble in the stem, that will cause the flower to wilt.
    The flowers will suck up air when they are out of water. This will create an air bubble in the stem that will cause the flower to wilt.
  2. Keep everything clean.

    Clean your tools with alcohol before you begin. Make sure the containers are clean because any bacteria will cause the flowers to die faster. I suggest rinsing the containers out with a small amount of bleach before filling them.
    Clean your tools with alcohol before you begin. Make sure the containers are clean because any bacteria will cause the flowers to fade faster. I suggest rinsing the containers out with a small amount of bleach before filling them with water.
  3. Process all flowers before starting to arrange.

    Processing consist of taking any leaves of thorns off the stems. It is okay to leave a few leaves close to the top on the flowers, but anything besides that will just take water away from the flowers.
    Processing consists of taking any leaves or thorns off the stems. It is okay to leave a few leaves close to the top of the stem, but anything besides that will just take water away from the flowers.
  4. Cut the flowers at a sharp angle.

    Since the flowers come with very long stems you will almost certainly cut off any air bubbles that may have formed. The flower needs a nice shape cut to help it drink the water.
    Since the flowers come with very long stems you will almost certainly cut off any air bubbles that may have formed. The flower needs a nice shape cut to help it drink the water. Floral knifes work best, but pruning sheers are okay if you just arrange on special occasions. Scissors tend to smash the stems and make it difficult for the flowers to drink.
  5. Place the money flowers first.

    Always start with the most important flowers. Flowers are not cheap or expensive, some are just more
    Always start with the most important flowers. Flowers are not cheap or expensive, some are just more “prestigious” than others.
  6. Leave the buds on the stem.

    The buds tell the complete story of the flower. Plus, sometimes they bloom a few days later.
    The buds tell the complete story of the flower. Plus, sometimes they bloom a few days later.
  7. Make sure every stem is in water.

    Be very careful. It is easy to make this mistake, and these flowers will fade rapidly.
    Be very careful. It is easy to make this mistake, and these flowers will fade rapidly.
  8. Refill water/Spray flowers daily.

    If you really want to ensure the longevity of your flowers, I highly recommend this product. It is used after the arrangement is complete. However, it is just as important to spray the flowers daily as it is to make sure the water is full. Flowers drink just as most from the top as they do from the bottom. After a few days it is a good idea to change the water as it starts to get cloudy.
    If you really want to ensure the longevity of your flowers, I highly recommend this product. It is used after the arrangement is complete. However, it is just as important to spray the flowers daily as it is to make sure the water is full. Flowers drink just as much from the top as they do from the bottom. After a few days it is a good idea to change the water as it starts to get cloudy.
  9. It’s okay if you don’t use everything.

    It's more important for your arrangement to look nice, than to use every last flower. With left overs make small srangments to go in bathrooms or by the kitchen sink.
    It’s more important for your arrangement to look nice, than to use every last flower. With any left overs make small arrangements to go in bathrooms or by the kitchen sink. All photos taken be me!

If you have any specific questions, don’t hesitate to ask! For inspiration on how to design an arrangement, look at teleflora to get some great ideas!

Good luck!

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2 thoughts on “Floral Design 101

    1. Aren’t they? I absolutely love lisianthus! I actually have great luck with hydrangeas when I’m feeling lazy I do a vase of only hydrangeas. I think a good sharp cut, a very clean container, and spray them at least once a day with a spray bottle of water! I’ve had some last up to 4 weeks!

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