While at SNAP last week, we attended a flower arranging workshop presented by our friend Brittany from One Charming Party. I can count on one hand the number of flower arrangements that I’ve done, and Aimée had zero experience. To be sure this was both of our first attempts at a “real” arrangement that involved more than one type of flower. The class was taught by the darling Megan Dunford of Persimmon Floral — love her!
Megan began by teaching us six basic design forms in flowers: Focal, Form, Mass, Line, Filler and Greens. She arranged these inspiring buckets of blooms, the varieties she chose were both hearty and inexpensive (good for beginners!). I love the little signs she made telling us how many of each flower type to grab. These numbers were for a one-sided arrangement, so if you want to make an arrangment that has no front or back you’ll need to double up on the Focal and Form flowers.
Interestingly without any consultation Aimée and I picked out the EXACT same flowers — right down to two pink carnations and one coral — you know what they say about great minds!
The flowers we chose (from left to right): Misty Blue (Filler), Bear Grass (Line), Football Mum (Focal), Lemon Leaf (Greens), Button Mum (Mass), and Carnations (Form)
Those darling little Button Mums were my favorite.
The big secret we learned from Megan was to use clear floral tape to make a grid on the top of your vase. This little tip truly made arranging the flowers easy since it helped hold the blooms right where you placed them. It also provided a great organizing framework.
We first placed our focal flower at an angle in the vase — it could NOT be right in the center. We then built around the focal flower adding groupings of odd numbered stems. Another designer secret we learned was to clump like flowers together.
Megan had loads of ideas for fun containers — tin can, soda bottle, goldfish bowl, mason jar. She emphasized that using something unique will automatically give your arrangement a more designed and professional feel. We used square glass vases, but added extra polish by wrapping them in strips of scrapbooking paper.
I secured the paper on my vase (below left) with an orange rubber band that complimented the orange stripes in my paper — totally cute, right?
This flower arranging class was one of our favorites at SNAP, and Megan’s darling display was a big part of why — Aimée and I are real suckers for pretty arranged tables. Plus how creative is that business card garland Megan made for the front of her table? I think we were probably the teacher’s pet.1