For an art event, I was asked to make a couple of floral table pieces. It was the first time I ever tried to arrange flowers, but I immediately accepted the challenge. When you love flowers, it’s a project worth trying out.
For inspiration I searched on Pinterest: there are a lot of beautiful examples to be found. Then I figured out what kind of bouquet I wanted to make. Traditional? Romantic? Modern? Since the purpose for the flowers was an art event, in this case I looked for geometric pots to give the table pieces a modern but playful feel. An eclectic mix of different flowers complement this “modern yet playful” idea.
Early in the morning I picked out flowers at the local market. All in different shapes and ‘Laura-Ashley-ish’ colours. Of each flower I took at least six pieces (depending on the number of table pieces you’ve planned to make – in my case six). Tip: pick flowers in bloom.
Since it’s still peony season (even though late in the season), I chose the peony to be the central flower. Around the peonies other flowers will be arranged. Unfortunately, I forgot all the names of the other flowers, except for the thistle and the rose. Next time I’ll be paying better attention when the florist explains the types to me. I’ll promise!
1) Lay out the flowers by sort. Look if the colours complement each other.
2) Put a little floral foam oasis on the bottom of the pot and make it slightly wet.
3) Cut the stems in the length you like and strip all the leaves that will be hanging in the water.
4) Add your ‘central’ flower first: it’s easiest to start with the larger, more dominant flowers. Work with a single sort of flower at a time.
5) Arrange the other flowers around the central flowers, starting with the largest in width and ending with the smaller and longer ones. Try to vary in shape and colour when making an eclectical piece. Add the other flowers one by one and create layers.
6) Work in a circle and turn the pots around while adding new layers of flowers.
7) Add airy sprigs to play with texture.
8) Water the plants thoroughly.