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How to arrange flowers like a pro

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I'm Rebecca Cole for howdini.com, and I'm going to show you my absolute favorite way to make a flower arrangement, not using Oasis, no tape, no grid, no nothing, just all good natural stuff. Now, you want to have a flower arrangement with probably several different kinds of flowers, which is great. And what most people will do is they'll choose their flowers and then they put one rose in, one tulip, one calla lily and kind of jump all around and hope that they kind of fix it as they go. No, Layer, Layer, layer. And the first layer that we're going to put in to our arrangement is going to be our grid, what's going to actually help hold all those other beautiful flowers together. So in lieu of Oasis or tape or a flower frog or something, I'm going to show you how to make a natural one. So you take a leaf, any kind of leaf or woody-stemmed thing like this, and we'll use both. And we're going to find the little areas of the stem that are the "V", where the little tributaries happen. And just about a half an inch below that "V" I'm going to make a little cut. All the leaves that are going to go into the water we take off because those leaves actually rot the water a little bit and start to rot the leaves. Now, I'm going to take that "V", put it all the way to one side of my vase, and lean the flowers over the other side. Basically I'm criss-crossing my little tributaries, kind of like this, and sticking them in. And as I keep building that and doing it, it's going to make a tighter and tighter little area where later I'm going to put a bunch of flowers. So I have it pretty even. Now, I'm going to pick the flower, the biggest flower I have. Let's say we were going to use peonies or roses or dahlias or something with a nice big head like this, and I'm going to use these flowers next. Now, one rule of flower arranging is that you should use odd numbers of flowers. And I'm going to put them in such a way that they're not exactly the same distance apart from each other. So that they really kind of look like-- let's put seven in, seven of the same kind of flower. So you see that here they're very close, and I have a little bit of a space. And now, I do it again. OK. Now, the thing that's nice about this is that right now that could be enough. You might say, call it a day. Wow, does that look great, or now we're going to add another layer. And maybe the next layer is going to have a little bit different color to it. Let's say these hyacinths. That's really kind of fun. Right? Now I finished all my roses, and now I'm going to do all my hyacinths, rather than jump from hyacinth to calla lily to something else. This way you're going to be able to keep your arrangement nicely balanced. All right, and you see I have four right there. I don't know if you see the magic of adding the fifth one, and all of a sudden it becomes a much more balanced arrangement. Beautiful. I almost like it enough right there. Sometimes that's enough, but why not go a little further? So let's do, let's do some little nubby thing. I do love it when an arrangement doesn't just stay all sweet, sweet and it's all flowers. I like to get cool little nuts and berries and grasses, weedy things, because I think it adds some texture that's really nice. Same thing with a garden. When you plant a garden you want to have a little texture in your garden and not just all big showy flowers. And you'll see how adding these, this is crocosmia, and some of these things can really dance up above it, but you want to see the stem part is not all that attractive. So what we're really doing is getting it so that it's at this point is where we're going to put the arrangement in. That's what we're going to see. We're just going to see the best part of the flower. Now, I feel like it's getting a little dark. This is why the layering is so nice because you can kind of build it as you go. It's like painting. And maybe what you decided you wanted your arrangement to look like at the beginning is not necessarily what you're going to end up with. So I feel like I really need that color, and so I'm going to put that color in at least three places because I'm doing the odd numbers. There you go. A beautiful arrangement that's going to last you a good four, five days, even longer if you take this vase over to your sink. This is so you don't have to undo it and do it again. Take it over the sink. Sit it in the sink. Turn on the water. Let the water run all the way through, and the old water's going to pour out and now you have all new water, and you didn't have to touch it. Now it's going to last seven days.

Video Details

Duration: 5 minutes and 7 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Touchstorm, LLC
Director: Howdini
Views: 104
Posted by: howdini on Oct 3, 2011

You can make a beautiful, perfectly shaped flower arrangement without floral tape or foam. Designer Rebecca Cole shows how to make a grid using just the greens and flowers themselves to create a gorgeous natural arrangement.

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