Category archives: Lessons in Flowers

Lessons in Flowers: Basic Arrangement

Yesterday we had a meeting with a special guy, and we really wanted to impress him. In true Kim Starr Wise Floral Events fashion, we brought him a beautiful and fragrant fresh floral arrangement that we knew would leave a lasting impression!

FLORAL ARRANGEMENT INGREDIENTS

Materials:

  • Three bunches of different flowers that will blend together in your arrangement:
    • one focal flower bunch
    • one foliage bunch to make it leafy
    • one intermediary flower bunch that dances the line between focal and leafy
  • Vessel
  • Floral cutters like these

STEP BY STEP DIY FLORAL ARRANGEMENT

Step by step:

  1. Cut the tips off of each of the stems that you’ll be working with.  (INSIDER TIP: Tulips grow even after cutting, so cut them a little shorter than you think you need to)
  2. Insert the base flower (your leafiest, in this case we used geranium), criss crossing the stems to create a sturdy base for the rest of your flowers.
  3. Add your intermediary flower (we used sedum) in the spaces left open by the angled base flowers.
  4. We thought our arrangement needed a bit more color, so we walked down the street and found some deeper red leaves to pull and inserted them in the arrangement.
  5. Time for your focal flower!  Since this is the piece de resistance, make sure to think about where you’re inserting these flowers, that they contribute to the full shape you are going for in your arrangement.  We used tulips because they have a great shape – we picked each tulip based on its stem and how it would curve to bring the eye to certain parts of the arrangement.
  6. Give a final zhuzh and voila!  Your arrangement is complete!

FRESH FLOWER ARRANGEMENT WITH GERANIUM, SEDUM AND TULIPS

Lessons in Flowers: Floral Pomander

Learn how to make a fresh floral pomander using Dendrobium orchids.

HOW TO MAKE A FLORAL POMANDER

Materials:

  • 3 boxes of boutonniere pins
  • 60 dyed blue stems of Dendrobium orchids
  • 4″ styrofoam ball
  • Glue dots
  • Water mister
  • Ribbon/pearl strand/mardi gras beads

Step by step:

1. Gather 6 orchid stems (approximately 6 stems per 4” styrofoam ball)

2. Deflower set orchids (remove the pretty developed blooms)

3. Remove the mini stem from each bloom

4. Attach a handle to your ball (we used pearl strands affixed with glue dots and pins)

5. Get many pins ready (boutonniere pins in your preferred color)

6. Pin each individual bloom through the back of the throat onto the ball

7. Puzzle piece your orchid blooms together, pinning each one, to cover the surface

8. Admire your flashy new pomander, and fill in any holes with extra blooms

9. Spray with crowning glory, or mist with water and enjoy!