Building a larger scale floral arrangement can be very intimidating, but don’t let it be. By keeping a few simple steps in mind, you will be well on your way to floral mastery and impressing all of your friends and family.
Step 1 Build a Strong Base: The last thing you want to happen is to be halfway into placing your flowers and the whole thing falls apart. Or worse, the stems will not stay where you need them to. For most pieces, I use oasis that has been fully soaked in water for 10-15 minutes in warm water as the base. Because this is a larger piece, I also used chicken wire secured with metal clamps to hold everything in the container. This container is going to be dropped into a large urn so the edges don’t have to be pretty.
Step 2 Think About the Vantage Points: It is important to think about the different angles people will be viewing a floral arrangement. Will they be sitting, walking, or looking down at your flowers? Be careful to cover holes and mediocre sides. This arrangement was going into an urn where the top of would be close to eye level, an unused Christmas wreath covered the edges.
Step 3 Base Flowers: Flowers and greenery that are going to comprise the largest portion of the arrangement go in first. For this arrangement, it was white hydrangeas and Christmas greens. You want to place what you think will the your tallest center flowers first and them begin to fill outward. Remember that sometimes the first time you place a flower it might not be perfect, but just move it around until you are happy.
Step 4 Finishing Touches: This is the most fun part. After the base flower are where you like them, begin to fill in holes and focal points with the remainder of the flowers you will be using. In this case red roses, white lillys, and red hypericum berries were the pop of color that was added into the green and white. This is where you would start to place in flowers that might have been a bit higher in cost or size and are needed to be used more sparingly.
Sometimes a large scale piece can be very intimidating to start for the first time so grab a friend and do it together. As you can see in the pictures, sometimes four hands are better than two.