Composing the Rustic Meadow Dried Flower Bouquet
Hello floral friends, my name's Maria; I'm the head florist here at Amaranté London. Today I'm going to be showing you how to tie this gorgeous arrangement of dried flowers. The Rustic Meadow dried flower bouquet was inspired by all the natural colours and textures you can see during autumn/winter.
All our dried flower arrangements come from Fairtrade farms. As always, your flowers have been picked by the grower, so you know you're getting the most sustainable product to create your bespoke bouquet of flowers - a piece of art. Don't forget to subscribe, follow us on Instagram and keep watching to see how I made this look.
The box containing the dried flowers for this bouquet 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 dried flower bouquet are a pair of scissors and some string. Choose the right vase to feature the beauty of this autumn bespoke bouquet.
Today I'll be working with a slightly shorter vase. This one is around 20 centimetres because the stems in this bouquet are relatively short, so we just want to keep it all 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! To style the room, I'll be using a black vase.
Before you start to 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 all the foliage on the stems is clean.
All the foliage on the stems should be clean, so when you're holding it, 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, which 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 arrangement will be well balanced.
In this video, I'll be 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 be going in with is 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 wanted it 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 this big 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.
I'm just adding these last bits in for a final touch of texture and then using the fan palm to offset all the busy surfaces in the arrangement's centre. Giving the bouquet a bit of balance, we can create a different shape and texture, making it a bit more interesting.
Now take a moment to 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 just 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 manipulate them all.
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. You can gently push it in. 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 this 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 bouquet. 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, these dried flowers will last up to three years, and they are an excellent, sustainable alternative to fresh flowers. To try your hand at any other of our dried flower arrangements or to buy your loved one an exceptional gift, click the link below to shop now.