This tall, full arrangement is great for a table, in a foyer, or as a buffet centerpiece. When making your arrangement, first decide where the arrangement will be placed, since this will alter the container and the flowers that you choose. Then choose you color palette and types of flowers.
What’s the difference between stems and bushes? What is a face, linear, or filler flower? See my notes on getting started here.
Supplies & Tools:
- 1–2 bushes face flowers
- 3–4 stems linear flowers
- Filler flowers
- Spanish moss
- Dry floral foam
- Wire cutters
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
- Bow (instructions here)
- Select a container for floral arrangement.
- Select flowers and greens for arrangement.
- Choose a style of arrangement. This will alter the types of flowers used.
- Choose flowers. Be sure to include some linear, face, and filler flowers and greenery. I really love eucalyptus, so I chose several stems of red and gold seeded eucalyptus and gold poinsettias. Eucalyptus acts as both linear (giving height) and filler flowers.
- Place a piece of floral foam into container. Foam should be at least 1” above the container. Cut foam as needed.
Note: Add some rocks/pebbles in the bottom of the container. This will prevent the arrangement from being top-heavy and tipping over. Add floral foam as usual.
- Secure foam in place. There are a variety of ways to secure foam in the container:
- Cut wedges from foam and push pack into container on either side of the foam.
- Crumple up newspaper and pack around the foam until it holds to foam firmly in place.
- Lightly cover the foam with Spanish moss. Only a little bit of moss is needed since the majority of the foam will be hidden by the flowers. No need to glue the moss, once flowers are stuck into the foam, they will hold the moss in place.
- Begin arrangement by placing the tall/linear flowers in first. Stick the first linear flower in the center, standing straight up. Then stick the other linear flowers near the center, but slightly facing outward. Use wire cutters to cut the stems as needed.
Note: Oftentimes it is good to work with color groups. Put all the red flowers in first, followed by all the gold flowers, and so on. This helps you to see if the colors are traveling nicely throughout the arrangement (evenly distributed).
- Here I added all the red flowers/greenery first, followed by the gold.
- Next, add in the face flowers. (Cut stems as needed with wire cutters.)
Note: Add flowers to arrangement in a zigzag pattern (or a triangle pattern)
- Fill in with greenery/flowers as desired.
- Tie a bow (click here for instructions).
- Wrap the wire of the ribbon around a stick and add to arrangement.