When it came to creating a bagnin floral arrangement for any of my parties, I was, in the famous words of Cher Horowitz “totally clueless”. I was so bad in fact, I began to outsource the task and eventually ended up wasting hundreds of dollars on arrangements that looked like I’d put together myself, and seriously, who wants to waste a ton of money on arrangement’s when there are like much more important, pressing things you could be putting that money toward(HELLO COCKTAILS!)?
Thank God for good friends who are also creative and patient because upon hearing that I wanted to learn the art of floral arranging my friend Joel over at Blooms Brother’s Floral Designs offered to teach me the tricks of his trade.
With the help of Joel, I’ve narrowed down 7 easy steps to assist even the most clueless florists among us in attaining the perfectly curated arrangement. It’ll have you yelling “AS IF” to overpriced florists everywhere!
Joel is a frequent visitor of the Los Angeles Flower Market and usually heads there when he has a big job to do so I tagged along with him to learn what I could. What I learned is that I was totally overwhelmed with all of the choices. Having Joel there to explain the best vendors to buy from and the best flowers to choose made the process that much easier.
The trick is to choose 75% statement flowers and 25% filler flowers. It’s important to take your time and look at the coloring of each flower, examine the edges to make sure they aren’t wilted and close to dying. Haggle with the vendors as well because if you’re going to be buying in bulk they may give you a discounted price.
After choosing our flowers it was time to put together our arrangements.
We chose an open space where we could move around pretty freely and we had about 5 paint buckets on hand filled with water to hold our flowers for easy access when placing the arrangements. We also set up a swivel tray so that we could place the flowers at varying angles in our vase.
Trash bag for excess stems
Step 1: Because of the type of vase we used to create the arrangement, we covered the bottom portion in cellophane. We used scissors to cut the excess away. To prevent leakage we placed the plastic tray that came with the vase on top of the cellophane.
Step 2: We used clear tape to create grids in the vase
Step 3: Begin placing your first statement flower at the edges of your vase. Follow that by placing a filler flower close to it.
Step 4: Create a pattern of statement flowers and filler flowers around your arrangement paying close attention to the even and consistent placement of these flowers around your vase. Don’t be afraid to turn your arrangement as you place your flowers using your swivel tray.
Step 5: For flowers or plants without sturdy stems, wrap chicken wire around longest stem and secure with tape masking tape.
Step 6: Continue process 3 -4 until the arrangement is filled to your liking.
Step 7: Sit back and adore your beautiful new arrangement…
I’ve learned that everyone is a little different and there’s multiple ways to approach flower arranging. Do you have any fail safe tips when creating your own floral arrangements? I’d love to know in the comments below!