Composing your bespoke dried flower bouquet, let the flowers do the talking!
Hi, my floral friends, my name's Maria, I'm the head florist here at Amaranté London, and today I'm going to be showing you how to tie this dried flower arrangement. The inspiration for the creation of this bouquet is the famous Starry Night painting by Vincent Van Gogh. All of our dried flowers are eco-friendly. In fact, with every purchase dried flowers you neutralise our carbon foot print and create more O2 than CO2! As always, it's the grower who picks your flowers. We take pride in providing you with the most sustainable product on the market to create your bespoke piece of art.
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- several Eucalyptus;
- one stem of Lunaria;
- one stem of Ruscus;
- three stems of Delphinium;
- two stems of Gypsophila;
- one stem of Helecho;
- three Craspedia;
- three Helichrysum;
- two Eryngium Thistles;
- two Achillea;
- six Lagurus.
For dried flower arrangements like these, you need a particular vase - I have a specific vase in mind. It's quite simple, and it's relatively straightforward; it's just white. Such a simple vase is the ideal choice because we will let the dried flowers do the talking. This bouquet is quite bold, a bright combination of flowers: if you're going to put it in quite a loud vase it might just be a bit overkill, and this is why we're going for a vase that is a bit simpler. The neck of this vase is quite broad. A vase with a broad neck means creating a more expansive, fanned out floral arrangement.
Before you tie the flowers together, you will need to prepare your stems. Cleaning the stems means you'll need to clean off any foliage that will come into your tying point and separate the stem. Here, where you see that the stem separates, just trim those off and now you can work with a few more stems.
Now all your stems are prepared, you can start tying it, so I'm starting with this stem of Eucalyptus. It's quite big, it's quite busy, it'll give an excellent backing for the bouquet, so I'm going to mix that in just to start, with some bleach Ruscus to provide it with more colour.
As you can see we're going to start spiralling our stems now. Curving the stems means that we will lay each stem on top of each other and keep turning the bouquet. That means that you will be able to get an even balance of all of the materials you're going to use. Once you decide which side you like best, you can arrange this fairly early on in the bouquet, you can start to bring in your taller stems.
I go in first with the Delphinium right at the back of the bouquet. The dried flower arrangement of today offers many Delphinium stems, so it's nice to keep it consistent by starting right from the back and bringing the Delphinium towards the front of the arrangement. I'm also going to mix this in with some of this tall Gypsophila. Again, we've got quite a lot of Gyp, so we want to be certain we can see it from the back, and that we carry it through to the front.
In the next step to compose this dried flower bouquet, I will be using this Lunaria. The Lunaria is such a fascinating flower, it's quite a focal part of the arrangement, so I've kept it quite tall, so that it makes a statement. I've also managed to get two pieces out of my stem, which is nice.
Now I'll add foliage to the bottom to give it volume and to further spread out the stems. This dried flower is more commonly known as Honesty, but the name Lunaria comes from the Latin word "moon-shaped" which refers to the leaves' shape. I thought it tied in nicely, and I think it's charming.
So I'm just still working in some of that Delphinium, but just being cautious not to cover the Honesty because it's relatively focal. This Delphinium is one of my favourite flowers, and it's got such a nice colour, it dries out so beautifully. I'm just mixing in some of this Gypsophila still, just to create additional volume.
Now this is where you can see how the colours from the famous painting were inspirational. You can see the white reflects the moon, the yellow resembles the stars, and the blue represents the night sky. Now I'm going to go in with this Lagurus, just to balance the blues, so we'll have blue on one side reflected on this side of the bouquet.
I've left a few stems of the Delphinium, the shorter ones, just so we can come back to them, only to finish the bouquet around this side. This navy blue colour is a lovely new modern look that people are going for: people are going for a lot more decadence within their homes and blues are a massive trend, so this will look nice and provide style to the room. It will match with the wall colours or the sofas you've got, but will also pop because you've got these bright yellow touches.
I'm also starting to add my Thistle to break up the blue and yellow colours to add a different texture to the bouquet.
I'm just working tallest to shortest, just stepping everything down, so it's visible. What's nice about this bouquet is the variety of materials, colours, and textures for you to consider and from which to choose. The beauty of dried flowers is that they don't all look the same; they're a natural product so your piece of art will look different to mine.
As you can see, I've just placed that Helichrysum in for a final floral touch. I'm going to remove this bit of Eucalyptus that doesn't allow me to see all of the flowers. Because this is the bouquet's focal area, I'm going to pull it out, take off some of the leaves, so they're not in a critical point and just place it in the front.
We protect our softer stem, so the stem on this Eucalyptus is a lot woodier than the stem on the Lagurus and the Helichrysum and this fragile Delphinium, so they will protect your stems here as well when you cover them with this last bit of foliage.
So now that your bouquet is all spiralled and organised precisely the way that you want it to be, you can start manipulating some of the stems. Just pulling them out and slipping them back in, placing them exactly where you want them.
When you've finished your arrangement, just grab your string. You can lay it flat on the table because we use this large bit of Eucalyptus at the back, it means that all the flowers are protected and when you apply it flat, nothing's going to happen to them. It's best to go around your stems quite a few times and just double knot it. Just make sure you tie it as tight as possible without cracking anything, but you need to know that nothing will fall through the bouquet.
Now you've finished and tied your arrangement you can grab your vase and what you want to do is just measure up your stems against the vase so that you can see here, I roughly want to cut it around there so that it fits nicely.
So if you find that your flowers are sinking too much into the vase, you can always push a bit of brown paper into the bottom of the vase, this will just prop them up, so they don't look so sinking. Also, if you have placed your flowers into a narrower vase, you can always cut the string just here, and it will fan your arrangement out and make it sit nicely against the neck of your vase.