Flowers are always a fun addition to any party, but you don’t always have to go overboard to make a statement. In this flower tutorial I’ll show you how to make some simple summer flower centerpieces using only three stems of flowers. The key is to use focal flowers (e.g., gerbera daisies, sunflowers, peonies, dahlias). I’m using white spider mums because they are inexpensive and readily available. They also stay fresh for days, so you can make your arrangement well in advance.
You will need the following tools:
· Simple opaque container (the container shown here is approximately 4” in diameter)
· Wet floral foam (more about this below)
· Greening pins (shown later)
· Something to cut with (floral knife, scissors, clippers)
Step One: Cut, soak, and place the floral foam
Floral foam is the beginning floral designer’s best friend. It creates a water source for your flowers and allows you to put flowers exactly where you want them which eliminates a lot of frustration. A couple notes about floral foam. One, when you purchase it make sure you are buying the wet foam. There is also a dry foam which is used for silk flower arranging. Second, when you soak the foam, fill up a container with water and set the foam on top and let it sink naturally. Don’t push it down because the foam won’t absorb the water properly. Check out this video for other tips on working with floral foam.
Measure your foam to your container and cut accordingly. You want the foam to fit snugly in your container. You can also secure the foam with pot tape, but it isn’t necessary for a simple centerpiece.
Step Two: Arrange flowers in floral foam
Once the foam is in place, start adding your flowers. The first spider mum should be placed at an angle and cut short to face the the front as shown. The second spider mum should be cut slightly longer than the first and positioned facing up like it was growing. The third is similar to the second just cut even longer than the second. The three stems should form a sort of triangle.
Step Three: Cover floral foam
After you are satisfied with the position of your flowers, you can cover the floral foam with moss. You can use a variety of things to cover the foam (greenery, colored moss, etc.). Spanish moss is a great thing to have on had though and it covers things quickly and aesthetically. To secure the moss we are using floral greening pins. These are available at most craft stores or from your local floral shop. If you can’t find greening pins, you can also use small pieces of wire bent into the shape of a staple.
Step Four: Embellish
Now you have a lovely little arrangement. You can leave it as is or add a fun little message! For the embellishment you will need scissors, pretty paper, a stripey-straw, pen, and glue.
Using your best penmanship, write a little message like “hello” or “thanks for coming” and glue the message to a piece of pretty paper. Then glue the message to a a fun stripey straw.
Place the straw in the floral foam and you’ve got a cute arrangement to use on a welcome table or as a centerpiece. This would also be a darling favor or hostess gift.
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