We hope you enjoy these free floristry lessons from our Floral Design School
EUROPEAN FLOWER ARRANGEMENT IN A FLAT CONTAINER
This European flower arrangement has three feature flowers and unusual accent materials arranged in a flat container and looks effective but is quick to create.
- 3 feature flowers of choice such as peonies Other suitable types are gerberas, and anthuriums.
- 8 large leaves such as caladium. Other suitable types are croton and laurel.
- Spear or bear grass.
- Line material. You can use fresh or dried flowers for this. In this design dried reed sprayed a copper colour has been used.
- Other suitable line materials are – Bells of Ireland and broom
- Secondary flowers such as dried brown rush grass. Other suitable types are bulrushes and sword shaped leaves such as gladioli leaves.
- 2 round lotus pods (sprayed copper). Other suitable materials are fungi (dried mushroom), clusters of berries or large flower heads such as hydrangea or chrysanthemums.
- OPTIONAL. 1 hanging string of pearls. (This grows in a pot plant).
- 1 flat container.
- Florist foam
- 22 gauge florist wire x 23cm (9″) long
1. Soak the florist foam in water and place it in the container. The foam can be held in place with a plastic grid which is often supplied with the container. Another method is to crisscross two pieces of florist pot tape or anchor tape over the top of the foam and down on to the sides of the container for about 5 cm (2″).
2. Choose the smallest feature flower (peony) for number one and cut the stem to the desired length and insert it in the top left hand side of the foam.
3. Cut number two feature flower stem to the desired length and insert it on an angle in the center of the foam having it extend slightly further towards you than the number one flower head
4. Cut number three feature flower to the desired length and insert it in the center front edge of the foam so it extends slightly further towards you than number two flower head.
5. The large leaves are now inserted in the foam. Insert some leaves to the front and some around the back to extend over the edges of the container.
6. Cut one stem of line material (copper reed) to the desired length and insert in the foam to stand upright to the left of the feature flowers.
7. Insert pieces of line material (copper reed) to the desired length and insert them between the leaves around the edges of the arrangement.
8. Cut stems of the rush grass to the desired length and insert them horizontally in to the centre of the right side of the foam to extend out horizontally as shown in the photo.
9. Cut several pieces of spear grass to the desired length and insert them in the center back of the foam to stand upright behind the feature flowers.
10. Cut one cluster of spear grass to the desired length and insert it horizontally in the center of the left side of the foam. Place other cluster just above, and another one just below, having these two clusters fanning out and slightly shorter than the center ones.
11. Insert two lotus pods on the right hand side of the foam having the back one one slightly higher. If they need wiring, insert the end of a 22 gauge florist wire through the base of the pod and push it through until there are equal lengths on either side. Bring the two wires down and wind the right wire twice around the left wire. Cut the wires to the desired length.
12. Cover any foam with moss or short pieces of foliage. Bare foam should not show in a completed floral arrangement.
13. Spray with water.
OPTIONAL - Cut a strand of pearls to measure the desired length. It will need wiring to support it. To do this, place the centre of an 18 gauge florist wire x 45cm (18″) long behind the end of the stem and wind the right hand wire twice around. Bring the two wire ends straight down together and cover with floral tape. Insert it in the back of the arrangement and secure it against the spear grass with a couple of twists of florist wire.
This lesson is briefly explained. In our Floristry Diploma Course you will learn about the many different types of flowers and foliages that are used in floristry and the basic principles of flower arranging. Each lesson is easy to follow, and explained step by step. The exact measurements are given on how long to cut each stem and exactly where to position each one, so every design will have that professional finish.