Today, our florist is going to be showing you how to tie this luxury dried flower bouquet. Rustic Meadow features dried flowers with the natural colours and textures you can see during autumn/winter.
Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Dried Flower Arrangements
All our dried flower arrangements come from Fairtrade farms. All our bouquets of forever flowers are made in the UK. The stems have been picked by the grower, so you know you're getting the most sustainable product to create your bespoke bouquet of flowers.
The box containing the stems for your bouquet of dried flowers includes:
- Bleached Ruscus
- One stem of Pampas
- Two Miscanthus
- Some Bleached Helecho
- Five stems of Lagurus
- One stem of Cardus Thistle
- A stem of Broom
- One stem of Gypsophila
- Three stems of Wheat
- One medium Fan Palm
The only tools you'll need to assemble your bouquet are a pair of scissors and some string.
Choose the right vase
Choosing the right vase will make or break the presentation of this luxury bouquet.
To create this bouquet, I'll work with a slightly shorter vase. The vase I have chose is the one win the previous images after creating the bouquet. The height of his vase is 20 centimetres. I have have chosen this shorter vase because the stems in this bouquet are relatively short, so we want to keep everything in proportion.
The stems that we're using today are a neutral colour scheme, so feel free to use any kind of bright or colourful vase that you have at home; it will look great! I'm thinking of a floral composition that will make a statement and contrast the neutral tones of stems so I'll be using a black vase.
Before you tie your dried flowers, you will need to prepare the stems. This means that you should separate everything.
For example, in this rustic meadow bouquet, we deliver one piece of Ruscus. To make the most of it, simply cut it in the middle; this way you'll have two stems. You won't be able to do this once you start tying your arrangement because you won't have a spare hand, and it's just not practical, which is why it's best to do this first.
Make sure to remove the foliage on the stems
All the foliage on the stems should be clean. When you're holding the stems, you don't want any leaves below a certain point to avoid a congested look. Like any tied bouquet, you'll be spiralling your stems. Spiraling stems means that when you put them in a vase, they'll sit best in it.
Start spiralling the stems by using the tallest ones first. You can also obtain a visual effect by finding the right place for every stem in the bouquet or merely placing them slightly higher or slightly lower in your hand. Simply put, you're going to lay the stems next to each other and continuously turn the bouquet. This technique will guarantee that your bouquet will be well balanced.
I'm creating this bouquet front-facing. When you have chosen your favourite angle, you can start working on it looking at that face on, just so you can see precisely where your flowers will be placed once you put them in the vase.
The first central flower that I'll use is the Pampas. The Pampas gives us most of the height in the bouquet. Just place it in the centre because it's quite a focal feature. The Pampas is harvested in autumn when we produce this bouquet, so it's super sustainable because it's in season. It will look lovely in your home.
There's not much of a formula to this bouquet. I'm generally just working tallest to shortest stems, front to back, and keeping everything within the bouquet balanced and well distributed.
Now I'm going place the broom to create a bit of volume and add a bit of depth with this darker colour. Don't forget to keep spiralling the stems and keep turning them; just get many different angles, see precisely where you want the flowers to be placed.
I use the Helecho to create some volume and, again, just to add a different texture. You can be very creative with this bouquet. The inspiration behind it was that all of these flowers are currently being harvested. I want this bouquet to look like a bouquet that had just been picked from a meadow.
A vegetative arrangement in floristry is where you create a bouquet as it would grow in nature. This means that you'd have the Pampas at the top because it's the tallest in the fields. Then you would follow with the Wheat and then with Thistle. Still, like I said, this isn't a strict vegetative arrangement. You can ultimately make it your own; it's entirely up to you how you use these materials.
The colours that I've used in this arrangement are inspired by the recycling trend, re-upholstering your furniture, revamping things using recycled items to create something beautiful.
This can also be applied to flowers. By purchasing one of our dried flower arrangements, you're buying a completely sustainable alternative to fresh flowers. We've revamped the fresh-flower market. Moving into dried flowers means that everything is a lot more ethical and more sustainable, and ultimately better for the planet.
Make sure to carefully fit all the stems into an organic composition. The last stems are for a final touch of texture. I'll use the Fan Palm to offset all the busy surfaces in the arrangement's centre. Chis way we'll balance the bouquet. We can create a different shape and texture to make it a bit more interesting!
Stop and look at your bouquet
I'm looking at mine now. It seems like, although we want it to be a little bit wild, the pampas is sticking out too much! I'm going to slip it down a little bit. Check yours and make sure all your flowers are in the right place. Now that all your items are in a spiral, you can easily manipulate them and re-position to achieve the perfect balance.
When you're happy with your arrangement, you can lay it flat on the table so none of your flowers will be damaged.
Now take your string and go around the bouquet a couple of times, tie it as tightly as you can.
Now that you have finished your arrangement, you can cut the stems. Measure them against your vase. Cut the stems so they're even and in proportion.
As you can see, I have a vase with a thin neck, which means that it will support everything really nicely when you place your bouquet. Get the bouquet balanced and have it sit precisely the way that you want it.
In this bouquet, the eye moves right from the tip of the Pampas to the Thistle. If you stop for a moment to observe your bouquet, you'll notice the texture and the colour of the thistle and the fan palm. Notice how the eye moves following the shape of your floral arrangement.
You've created a piece of art all by yourself!
We're finished with this rustic meadow dried flower bouquet for today.
Don't forget, your bouquet will last up to three years.
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