Written by Shirley T
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 00:00
Essential Flower Arranging Supplies in Floral Arrangements To get started on floral arrangements is simple. In fact anyone can do it because floral arrangement is as an artistic subject and you can create something entirely unique of your own, be it a Christmas floral arrangements, funeral floral arrangements or silk floral arrangements. To design an appealing fresh floral arrangements however you need to know learn some basic tools and flower arranging supplies.
1. Oasis or fresh flower foam.
When I had just started my floral arrangements course, I didn't even know how to handle flower foam. To learn how to use oasis in a right manner, read about the flower foam tips. The oasis has to be entirely wet, hence it is better to dip in a bucket of water overnight. If not, you will regret seeing your beautiful floral arrangements design perish in such a short period. A well-wet oasis may take your designs to last at least a week on average. Never ever leave this piece of vital stuff out in your fresh flower arrangements. Note that dry and wet oasis are totally made of different material, thus they are not interchangeable. Make sure you purchase the right one for your purpose.
2. A pair of flower shears or secateurs.
Get one because a pair of typical scissors are not likely going to do a great job on trimming the stems. Moreover, your fingers will soon feel uncomfortable to shear the woody stems. Especially for tough stems like roses, a blunt cut prevents good water absorption from flower foam thus your fresh flower arrangements are likely to last shorter that expected. If you are on tight budget, check out Dollar Tree or Big Lots, sometimes you are lucky that they carry some gardening tools. If you can't find them, check out on flower arranging supplies directory. Read more on smart tips here.
3. Sharp knife.
I use it a lot to chop the flower foams, making them in various sizes to be fitted into the containers or jars used to hold my floral arrangements. Occasionally, I also use to make slanting diagonal cut on the tough-to-handle stems.
Keep fresh flowers and foliage hydrated with right flower arranging supplies4. Bucket.
Fill up some water and sink the tips of your fresh flowers' stems as soon as you reach home. If you decide to postpone your floral arrangements, it is wise to chop an inch from the end of stems to promote better absorption in case the capillaries are broken during handling and transportation. Remember to change the water in the bucket on daily basis.
5. Spraying water bottle.
If you have one for your indoor plants, borrow that will do. Whether your flowers are placed in the bucket or beautifully arranged in the jars, they need water to survive. Spray at least a couple times a day onto the flowers and leaves to get them stay hydrated like us!
6. Container, vase, jug or jar.
Whatever you call it, this is the place where all your fresh flowers are held together, showcasing your creative flower arrangements designs. To start frugally, access any containers that you have at home. It can be an empty tomato puree can, sugar bowl, milk pitcher, rattan basket or even a cleaned coconut shell. But I always make sure that these stuff will never be used to supply food anymore in the future. Despite I use a layer of plastic to separate the container's base from the flower foam, I still feel uncomfortable mixing them.
7. Plastic gift wrap (Optional).
This is an option if you happen to use a container that can't hold water such as a rattan basket. To make sure the oasis stay hydrated, lay a layer of plastic gift wrap. Transparent one is good enough. I always get them from gift stores, that are sold in various designs and colors. You may get them from Dollar Store or Party City.
Fresh Flower Arrangements8. Of course fresh flowers, foliage, berries, fruits and vegetables!
Depending on your floral arrangements or edible arrangements design, at least a couple of them are a must. Otherwise you are absolutely hitting on the wrong turf! Everything we have discussed above is preparing you on how to make floral arrangements! Get them from florists, nurseries or wholesalers. From my past experience, if you know the local wholesalers, they are usually the best places for the cost effective price. If you are not sure, refer to either online or offline directory, also okay to ask those guys in flower arranging supplies stores since they have a network. The last choice, you still can cut beautifully planted flowers from your gardens. I did that too for my creative floral arrangements! To get more on flower arrangement ideas, make sure you hit the one button page for step by step tutorials that are presented with floral arrangements pictures!
Did not find what you are looking for? Do a search...
(Type what you are looking for in the textbox below)
Flower Arrangement Series
Like flowers, want to get creative? Step by step with images on how to design what you always wanted.
Need itinerary of a week? Attractions in Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Floating Market, Kanchanaburi...
Big Bend US National Park (Texas)
From canyons, rivers, basins to mountains, a journey into wilderness!
Spring in Tokyo
Hanami and Sakura at Ueno, Akibahara, Imperial Palace, Sensoji Temple, Ameyoko Shopping Street...
The Best of Taipei
Our stories at Yangmingshan, Yehliu, Keelung, Jinshan, Danshui, Taipei...
Live, Do, Eat, Sleep in Texas
4 Seasons experience in The Lone Star state; hopping Austin, Blanco, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fredericksberg, Houston, New Braunfels, San Antonio, Terlingua, Vanderpool, Waco & more