Whether as a gift for a birthday, a guest gift, or for your own kitchen table, a well-tied bouquet of flowers will delight people and make any room a little brighter. But not only trained florists from your local flower shop and online services like flowwow.com/en-en/london/ are able to tie first-class bouquets, you too can conjure up beautiful little masterpieces in a few simple styles.
Style 1: Simple Assorted Bouquet
For a simple bouquet, you will need about 15 flowers. The selection is particularly large in spring. It doesn’t matter much whether the flowers come from your own garden or from the shop. However, instead of choosing flowers that are already in bloom, it is better to choose those that are still in bud – that way the pleasure of the bouquet lasts longer.
Once you have made your choice, cut off the excess foliage and thorns with a knife and shorten all the stems to the same length with a sharp knife. Don’t forget to prepare a piece of ribbon to tie everything together at the end. When you have everything in front of you on the table, you can get started.
Choose a particularly large or beautiful flower that will later form the centre of the bouquet and hold it in your left hand. With your right hand, now add new flowers and filling foliage in turn. The left-hand holds the bouquet between the thumb and forefinger and changes its position as little as possible. Always place the new stems diagonally on top of the existing bouquet. It is important that all stems are placed at an angle in the same direction (from left to right).
While you are arranging your bouquet in a spiral, turn it back and forth in your left hand so that it looks good from all sides and not just from the front. Make sure that the centre is also the highest point of the bouquet.
When the bouquet feels ready, wrap the ribbon around the stems above your hand. Pull it tight and wrap it around about three more times until you feel it is holding the flowers tightly together, then knot the two ends together. And that is it, your simple bouquet is ready!
Style 2: Wild Beauty
When it comes to wildflowers, there are no limits to your imagination. Basically, whatever wild greenery and blooms you can find will go into your bouquet. Of course, there are also classic options, such as:
- Stems, herbs, etc.
Once you got your flowers, sort them by species. Make sure your tools are handy and start cutting the flowers to about the same length. If you like the bouquet to be very loose and wild, you can work very generously here. Remove all the flowers and leaves that will later be under the ribbon. Otherwise, it will mould in the flower water, which will also affect the durability of your bouquet.
Apart from the flowers you use, the rest of the process is pretty much like we described in Style 1.
Style 3: Bursting Summer Arrangement
Summer bouquets are made up of seasonal plants. They include peonies, poppies, sunflowers, daisies, hydrangeas, lavender, and others. Bright flowers create a carefree mood and fill the house with joy.
Here are a few tips for creating a bouquet with a real summer vibe:
- Keep it natural – no strict shapes or lengths, no artificial decorations or packaging;
- Fill a bouquet of flowers with greenery;
- Compose either monochrome compositions from one variety of plants or a mix of all kinds of flowers;
- Supplement a bouquet with summer natural decorations – twigs with berries, and slices of seasonal fruits on wooden sticks. Small and few paper decorations are also allowed, such as butterflies or hearts.
Some of the most popular flowers of summer are peonies. They bloom early in the season and have many varieties that differ in size, shape, shades of inflorescence, and duration of bloom. The traditional colours are white, soft pink, and bright maroon, but lilac, purple, magenta, and others can also be found. Peonies look great in monochrome and mixed compositions.
Style 4: Farm-Stand Flora
If you are fond of dried flowers, maple leaves, and blossoms then you will like farm-styled bouquets. A win-win option is to use classic fall combinations of orange and yellow in floral arrangements. These colours will be the real “stars” of the bouquet. Add to them a little white and green to make the range calmer.
Add sprigs of berries to the bouquet – rowan, cranberry, or any decorative plants from your garden. This will diversify the composition and give it an autumn «flavour». Fashionable shades of this season, such as dusty pink or brick red are great for making bouquets, as they look excellent in floral arrangements and go well with white.
Wine-red, plum, and reddish tones are perfect for a farm bouquet. Nature provides us with a mass of seasonal flowers from which you can compose such bouquets. Dahlias or asters can be diluted with white chrysanthemums and twigs with leaves in different shades from green to reddish pink.
Style 5: Vegetable Tablescape
If you want something really unusual and original, then the perfect solution would be a bouquet of vegetables. It is made very simply, and it can turn out really magnificent. Such a bouquet can be made in one colour, or show a bright colour combination. For example, to make an orange composition, you should stock up on fresh carrots, orange bell peppers, and tomatoes of the same colour. The bouquet can be not only orange but also red, green, or yellow. Matching vegetables can be selected for any of these colours.
If it is a winter bouquet, it can be diluted with a small amount of fruit. Small tangerines or kiwis look great in vegetable bouquets. In addition to a variety of vegetables and decorations like lettuce leaves, you need to use wooden skewers, as well as a knife, wrapping paper, and ribbon to decorate the composition.
It is recommended to plan what the vegetable combination will be, and in what colours and shades it will be made. Knowing exactly what the finished bouquet will look like will make it easier to choose the perfect components of the right colours.
- How Do You Make a Perfect Flower Arrangement?
If it is your first time creating a bouquet, don’t expect the perfect result. It will take a few tries to really nail it. Follow the tips and tricks we gave in this article and you are sure to master the craft in no time.
- What are the Methods of Flower Arrangement?
Among the most widely known methods of flower arrangement are elliptical, vertical, horizontal, triangular, s-shaped, and cascade.
- What are the 6 Principles of Floral Design?
The main principles are proportion, balance, dominance, rhythm, contrast, and unity.
- What are the 5 Basic Types of Flower Arrangement?
We already mentioned them above: elliptical, vertical, horizontal, triangular, and s-shaped.
- How Do You Make a Floral Arrangement Look, Fuller?
To make an arrangement look fuller, use filler flowers. Place them in gaps to create a more full look.