This past Saturday, I joined 6 other beautiful women who gathered together at Me & Mrs. Jones to learn how to make a DIY floral arrangement with the talented Kristen Wolter-Canfield of Everbloom Design. I've been an admirer of her work for quite some time and also have longed to learn how to make my very own arrangements as centerpieces or special gifts like Mother's Day. Allow me to help you out if you haven't gotten mom a gift and make her proud because you're still learning. Here's an easy and thoughtful Mother's Day Floral Arrangement.
4 OR MORE VARITIES OF BLOOMS
THINK ABOUT THE FOUR F's
+ FOLIAGE ( 2 bunches or lots of clippings from your yard)
+ FILLER ( 1 to 2 varieties)
+ FOCAL FLOWER ( one variety)
+ FINISHING FLOWER ( 1-2 varieties)
It is usually a good idea to stick to a simple color palette of all the same tones. Variations of all pink, or all white. You can be bold and do lots of color if you want though!
Your FOLIAGE can come from the store but Kristin recommends going out into your yard and gathering interesting foliage from there. Hosta leaves, ferns, cuttings from trees and bushes. This is the key to making your arrangement unique. Be sure and bring enough foliage. Remember more than you think.
There are two types of FILLER flowers. The first are blooms in a cluster like a hydrangea or have many blooms on one stem like spray roses, mums, wax flower, alstromeria, carnations. Get a few varieties of this type. Other fillers that help create the shape of your arrangement are reaching fillers. These are blooms that have several blooms along the stem like stock and snapdragons.
FOCAL flowers are the stars of the show. These are your larger more expensive blooms like roses, peonies, dahlias, large mums. Steer clear of lilies, they are too large for the container we are going to be using. If you get Sunflowers, stick to the small sized ones.
NOW LET'S BEGIN.... Start by taping your vase with oasis floral tape in a grid then add your greenery. Try to keep the same lengths symmetrical and balanced. So, if you add a long stem keep them balanced by adding all long stems on one side then move around the vase clockwise adding medium then short stems.
Fillers are next! There isn't a magical science to placement. Kristin's professional advice is to create dimension and levels placing in 3's and 5's. So if you place 3 hydrangeas in--place 3. SIMPLE!
The very last step in your DIY arrangement is adding the focal flower, the star of the show. Place your focal flower at the eye's focal point. As someone is admiring the flower their eyes should draw in to the focal flower. I love Kristin's tip of making sure you place one at the top center. I didn't think about it but people love taking photos at birds eye view so make sure the focal can be seen in front, top and the back.
A beautiful and relaxing day spent outside with creative women & mother and daughter pair learning how to make floral arrangements was a Sunday well spent. I really enjoyed learning something new and gifting myself with a floral arrangement to enjoy for Mother's Day.
Thank you again to Kristin for sharing and teaching all of us. Be sure to stay connected with Kristin and treat yourself to a floral workshop. They sell out really fast.