First and foremost you may be wondering; what’s the difference between creating an artificial flower arrangement and a real flower arrangement?
Honestly, nada, but flower arranging is an art in itself and good arranging can be the different between your bouquet looking cute, or it looking spectacular.
Before we go ahead with all the tips to create a stunning arrangement though, the first thing you’re going to need is the right vase. Truthfully, the shape or colour of the vase is entirely up to you, but depending on the size of your bouquet you will need to ensure you choose the right sized vase, as well as the right weight.
If you choose a vase too big, your flowers will end up looking a bit lost whereas if you choose one too small they’re going to look cramped, and you also run the risk of your vase toppling over. Eek.
Choose your flowers
Firstly, you need to choose the right flowers. You want to look for some feature flowers, some smaller ones that will compliment them and then lots of leaves or foliage.
The trick here is to resist buying too many different feature flowers. Realistically, just having one feature flower, whether that’s artificial lilies, peonies, or orchids, works best as that way your chosen flower really stands out.
Use different shapes
In order for your display to stand out you want to use a range of different shaped flowers and foliage, but make sure the shapes match to some degree.
For example, tropical shaped foliage isn’t going to look too good with roses or peonies, however eucalyptus leaves and wild foliage will be the perfect match.
Maximise your foliage
Foliage really is the humble superstar in your bouquet and in our opinion you can rarely have too much. A lot of foliage with just a few flowers can work really well and keeps the cost of your arrangement down, especially if you’re going for a big display.
When arranging we always start with our foliage first, creating a border for your flowers. Once we know where we are positioning the foliage we start adding the flowers. As well as having your leaves as a border, once you have your flowers in place you will want to start adding some leaves in between, filling in the gaps to join it all up and filling in any gaps.
Get creative with colour
Without a doubt, our favourite bouquets are the ones that use the most striking colours. This doesn’t necessarily mean choosing the brightest colours available, but more working with colours to create eye-catching contrasts.
If playing with colour isn’t your strongest skill, you can always trust the colour wheel, but remember when it comes to flower arranging the ‘rules’ don’t always apply. For example, when it comes to colour theory having a pink and an orange together is a huge no-no, but as we know from nature, pink and yellow flowers can look gorgeous together. We still like to use the same shades where possible though, or use contrasting colours to really create an eye-catching display. Mixing oranges and blues is our favourite contrasting pair, but yellow and purple can look stunning too.
Use different lengths
Once you have all of your chosen flowers you’ll want to start snipping them to different lengths. We like to keep our feature flowers taller and shorten our border foliage. It’s good to keep some foliage the same length as your feature flowers though, as these can be weaved in around the centre.
Having really tall flowers are great for centre pieces, or for arrangements that will live on the floor – just make sure you’re the display is large enough to be on the floor, otherwise it will end up looking like a vase that is waiting to be positioned somewhere.
Tweak Tweak Tweak
When you’ve carried out all of the above, it’s time to proceed with the fun part; the actual arranging. This is the time to really play around with the flowers and position them in different places to see where they look best. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so you really can’t go wrong her, just tweak them as much as possible until they’re in a position that you love.
Later down the line you can rearrange them again to create a display that will look completely new – without the cost of buying new flowers!
Some extra tips when arranging artificial flowers:
- Unlike real flowers, artificial ones are much sturdier and can therefore be more difficult to cut. Make sure you have a sharp pair of plyers on hand.
- Due to their weight, they can also be harder to keep in place, so use whatever is easiest to tie them in place to begin with and then replace this with some nicer looking string or green tape when you’re happy with your arrangement.
- If you’re using a glass vase, add water to it. Artificial flowers are absolutely fine being placed in water and this way they will really look real.
We hope this post has given you inspo to create something special and truly unique. We would love to see your designs and feature them on our website, so once you’ve had a go send them your pics over to firstname.lastname@example.org