Natural Centerpieces

Trends come and go in the floral industry, but some basic principles stay the same. One of those principles is to have an appreciation for nature and the colorful and fragrant beauty that it produces. With the arrival of spring right around the corner, there’ll be an abundance of organic materials that can be combined to make the ideal natural centerpiece. It’s important to keep the outdoors in mind when selecting everything you intend to use, from the flowers, foliage, and container.

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Let’s start from the bottom-up. When you’re brainstorming your design, start by contemplating what you would like to achieve. The type and size of container you choose will help determine how the rest of the piece will be structured. For obvious reasons, a variety wooden containers are the most commonly used for natural arrangements, but don’t be discouraged to use a metal, glass, or ceramic vase. Rustic and galvanized metal containers are quality choices for a natural arrangement. Now that you have your vase picked out, it’s time to build your design.

Natural floral arrangements are designed look as if the flowers were freshly picked from the fields. Most natural centerpieces include flowers that are considered garden flowers such as roses and tulips or wild flowers like daisies, asters, and feverfew. Although the flower selection can be important, there’s no set structure for a natural arrangement. It can be any shape or size that you’d like. Start with wet floral foam to hold and hydrate your flowers then start inserting the flowers to create your scenery. Try not to overcrowd it with flowers because these types of designs call for a larger amount of greenery and fillers than everyday arrangements.

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The essence of natural centerpieces is to keep it as wild and organic as possible. Which means your design will need it’s fair share of greenery such as boxwood and eucalyptus. Wild flowers like wax flower and queen Anne’s lace would fit right in with your theme and is a appropriate substitute for gypsophilia (baby’s breath). You can incorporate more wood into your arrangement with the addition of curly willow or tree bark. If you have any open area around the base of your flowers add sheet or reindeer moss to simulate the wild. Stones and bark would be a nice touch as well.

Just like in the wild, the different elements in your design are what makes it whole. Bring the scenery that we so much overlook to the spotlight with a wonderful natural centerpiece. Not only are these arrangements adaptable to any season of the year, but they combine all of the finest aspects of wild right in your living room.

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Create a Flower Crown in a Few Easy Steps!

Whether you are a bride to be, a music festival goer,a fashion lover, or maybe you want to give a nice decorative crown for a little girls birthday. Flower crowns are becoming increasingly popular. They can be expensive to purchase from a florist. These crowns are relatively easy to make and don’t require too much time or supplies, so instead of paying someone to do it, do it yourself!

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First, take your floral wire and wrap it around your head to establish the size you will need when creating your flower crown. Head bands can also be used to hold the greenery and flowers together. Once you have measured your head, take some greenery and leaves and wrap them around the base of the wire or hot glue them onto your head band. This will cover up any wire/ elastic that is showing and give a base layer to your crown. The greenery you use, should be Hold the greenery and leaves close to the wire of the crown and slowly start to wrap in floral tape.

Once the greenery is set up you can start getting creative and adding fresh or silk flowers. Attaching the flowers is just as easy as attaching the greenery. You will just want to tightly wrap using floral tape and wire to secure the flowers into place. You do not need to go all the way around with flowers. Also, you can use a hot glue gun to glue your flowers onto the elastic band. You can leave some of the crown just green for the back and create more of a statement in the front with the flowers. In order to cut the flowers and greenery, it might be a good idea to get a sharp pair of pruning shears.