Free Floristry Lesson

Modern Floral Arrangement

This modern flower arrangement has three feature flowers positioned in a slim zigzag shape. Dried plant material has been sprayed copper and used as accent material.


3 feature flowers of choice such as peonies – other suitable flowers are roses, gerberas, and anthuriums.

Line material – in this design dried flowers sprayed a copper colour has been used. Fresh flowers can be used instead of dried. Other suitable line materials are – molucca balm (Bells of Ireland) and thryptomene.

Secondary flowers such as dried brown rush grass. Other suitable materials are waxflower and statice.

2 round lotus pods (sprayed copper). Other suitable materials are fungi (dried mushroom), clusters of berries or flower heads such as hydrangea.

8 large leaves such as caladium. Other suitable types are croton and laurel.

Spear grass

Optional. 1 hanging string of pearls. (This grows in a pot plant).

1 flat container. Florist foam and 22 gauge florist wire.

modern floral design free lesson


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 over the top of the foam and down on to the sides of the container for about 5cm.

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 side of the foam.

3. Cut number two feature flower stem to the desired length and insert it on an angle in the centre of the foam having it extend slightly further towards you than number one flower head.

4. Cut number three feature flower to the desired length and insert it in the centre front edge of the foam so it extends slightly further towards you than number two flower head.

5. Insert the large leaves around the edges of the foam. Insert some leaves to the front and some around the back to extend down 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 the line material (copper reed) cutting them 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 into 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 centre 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 centre 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 centre ones.

11. Insert two lotus pods on the right hand side of the foam having the back 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.

13. Spray lightly with water.

Optional – Cut a strand of pearls to measure the desired length. Place the centre of an 18 gauge florist wire x 45cm long behind the end of the stem and wind one wire twice around. Bring the two wire ends straight down together and cover them with floral tape. Insert it in the back of the arrangement and secure it against the spear grass with a couple of twists of fine 26 gauge florist wire.

This lesson is briefly explained. In the Floral Art School of Australia and International floral Design School Advanced Certificate of Floristry Course each practical lesson is fully explained in detail with measurements on how long to cut the stems and exactly where to position them with diagrams and a colour photo of each design.  There is an online step by step video showing you how to make each lesson so you can soon be creating stunning floral designs.  

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