Create a Unique Look with a Preserved Flower Bouquet
- 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.
- Pick Your Vase
For a dried flower arrangement like this you need a particular vase - I have a specific vase in mind. It's pretty simple, and it's relatively straightforward; it's just white. Such a simple vase is ideal because we will let the flowers do the talking.
This combination of dried flowers makes a statement - it's quite bold. The combination of Eucalyptus, Delphinium, Gypsophila, Craspedia, Lagurus, Achillea, Helichrysum, with the other stems create an elegant, colourful and unique combination: if we put this bouquet a more elaborate vase, the combination of the two might be a bit overkill. That's why we're going for a white simplistic vase. Also, the neck of this vase is quite broad. A vase with a wide neck means creating a more expansive, fanned out the floral arrangement.
- Prepare the Flowers
Before composing your preserved bouquet, you will need to prepare all the stems. Firstly you should clean the stems. By cleaning the stems, I mean remove any foliage that is around where you intend tying the flowers together.
Once all your stems are ready, you can start tying them together. I typically start with the Eucalyptus stem. It's pretty big, pretty busy, it'll give an excellent backing to the entire bouquet, so I'm going to mix that in just to start, with some bleach Ruscus to provide it with more colour.
Watch this Preserved Bouquet Come to Life
To create a preserved flower bouquet we need to start by spiralling our stems now outwards. "Curving" the stems means that we will lay each branch on top of each other and keep turning the bouquet. This technique assures an even balance of all of the materials you're going to use. Then, once you decide which side you like best, you can start bringing in your taller stems. This will depend on where you intend positioning this luxury dried flower bouquet and from which angle it will be viewed most frequently in that environment - you'll need to arrange this reasonably early in creating your bouquet,
I like to go in first with the Delphinium right at the back of the bouquet. The dried flower bouquet 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. But, again, we've got quite a lot of Gyp, so we want to be sure we can see it from the back and that we carry it through to the front.
This Bouquet is An Eye-Catching Statement
In the next step to composing this preserved bouquet, I will be using the 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 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.
At this point we must carefully add to the bouquet some of the Delphinium, but just being cautious not to cover the Honesty because it's relatively focal. This Delphinium is one of my favourite dried flowers because of it's nice coloured how it dries out so beautifully.
Let's continue adding more stems - the Gypsophila is perfect to increase the volume of our bouquet.
Now, this is where you can see how the colours from the famous painting were inspirational in the design of this dried flower bouquet. The white reflects the moon, the yellow resembles the stars, and the blue represents the night sky.
So at this point I'm going to add the Lagurus, just to balance the blues, so we'll have blue on both sides 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. The navy blue colour of the Lagurus is a trendy colour with a look that people are going for: this stem will look nice in this elegant preserved bouquet and provide style to the room. For example, it can match the wall colours or the sofas, but it will also "pop" because you've got these bright yellow touches.
After adding the Lagurus, it's time to to add Thistle to break up the blue and yellow colours. Thistle adds a different texture to the bouquet.
Let's continue creating the bouquet by adding more movement and working tallest to shortest stems. By doing so we step everything down a notch, so all the stems are well in sight to show all their natural beauty.
What's nice about this preserved 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 art piece will look different from mine.
- Final Touches
Now it's time place the Helichrysum for the final touch. As I continue composing the bouquet, I notice how 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 pull it out, take off some of the leaves, so they're not at a critical point and just place the Helichrysum it in the front.
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.
- Bring the Stems Together
When you've finished creating your arrangement, it's time to tie the stems together and bring your bouquet to life! Prepare some sturdy string and lay the bouquet flat on the table. I recommend placing the the significant bit of Eucalyptus at the back. By doing so you protect all the flowers. It's best to go around your stems with your string quite a few times and finish off with a double knot it. Remember this is a bouquet meant to last years not days. Make sure you tie it as tight as possible without cracking anything, but at the same time you need to secure all the stems so none of them fall through the bouquet.
Now that you're finished and tied the bouquet, it's time to position it in your vase. Before positioning the bouquet in the vase you'll want to measure up your stems against the vase and trim the bouquet at the bottom to adjust the height and make it fit nicely in the vase.
If, on the other hand, the bouquet sinks too far into the vase, you can always push a bit of paper into the bottom of the vase to prop the bouquet and adjust the height.
With a narrow vase, you can cut the string and remove it so all the dried flowers in the bouquet will fan out and your arrangement will sit nicely against the neck of your vase.
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