Floral Arranging 101

I had the pleasure of taking the first of 6 floral arranging classes last week. It was a blast! Each week we’ll be creating a new centerpiece. At the end of each class, we’re able to take the finished product home with us. It’s great to have fresh flowers in the house!

Here are a few photos of my first “creation”.

"Centerpiece Close"

"Centerpiece-Horizontal"

I thought that I’d share a few helpful tips that I picked up from our first lesson.

It’s important to keep your containers and tools clean. Our instructor highly recommended using Clorox with hot water. Clear, glass vases are the top choice so that you can see when the water is starting to get a little cloudy and needs changing.

Before placing your flowers in a vase you’ll want to follow these simple steps:

1) Remove any broken stems and/or petals.
2) Remove ferns that will fall below the water level of the vase.
3) Using pruning shears, cut the stems on an angle under warm water.
4) Add fresh flower food to your vase.

If you don’t have flower food, you can make a homemade batch like so:

– 1 teaspoon of sugar
– 1 teaspoon of vinegar
– 1 quart of water

5) Add your flowers to your vase.
6) Arrange as you like.

More tips and floral loveliness soon. Until next time, here’s a kiss and a smile!

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