Hi, my floral friends, my name's Maria, I'm the head florist here at Amaranté London, and today I'll be showing you how to recreate our Pink Rebellion dried floral arrangement. It's essential to know how to tie these gorgeous eco flowers once you receive them at home. Rose gold and copper are both currently very trendy. These colours inspired the making of this unique and delicate dried flower arrangement.
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In this blog, based on my recent video, I show you how I created this look. You will learn how to make dried flower arrangements once you receive your order.
So when you open your box of dried flowers, you will find:
- Bleached Ruscus,
- Some Preserved Eucalyptus,
- Pink Helecho,
- Dried Amaranthus,
- Seven Pink Lagurus,
- Three Pink Helichrysum,
- One Dried Hydrangea,
- One Pink Mini Spear,
- One Copper Fan Palm.
Pick Your Vase
To create an incredible preserved flower bouquet with these dried flowers, you will need a medium vase. To make this arrangement I'm going to be using a white vase. My experience tells me it is the best indicated at about 20 centimetres tall and it fans out slightly at the neck. This vase is ideal because we're going to use the lovely big fan palm and we want something that will reflect this kind of shape. I've chosen to use this white vase because it's effortless and it will magnify the beauty of these flowers: let's let the flowers do the talking on their own! Before we start, you'll also need a pair of scissors and string.
Before starting with the creation of this preserved flower bouquet, you need to separate all stems. Separating stems is the procedure I use to cut the flowers down. For example, you can find shoots where it makes sense to cut them into separate parts. It's best to cut the stems from my experience at the very beginning to get two pieces from the original one. When it's time to tie the arrangement, you won't have a spare hand, and it will be complicated to cut your eco flowers to the right size.
The creation of dried flower arrangements requires preparation of all the stems. Stem preparation takes only a few minutes, but it is well worth the additional effort. All of the stems of the foliage should be clean. Cleaning stems will come in handy when you pick them up, and you're placing the stems in your hand: you don't want anything interfering with the binding process.
Organize the Stems
The best way for us to create dried floral arrangements is by organising stems in a spiral. Organising flowers in a spiral means that they all sit on top of each other, they lay next to each other and create a spiral shape which means you can easily pull things in and out. This will become a lot clearer when you start building your preserved flower bouquet.
Build the Arrangement
Start building your arrangement with the tallest stem. For my preserved flower bouquet, I'm using the bleached Ruscus. I choose to start with the Ruscus because it has the most height on it. I am creating a front-facing floral arrangement. When you make front-facing floral arrangements, you want all of your flowers visible from the back to the front. Mix with a little bit of this preserved Eucalyptus; to evenly distribute the colours throughout the posy. I find that colour distribution in dried floral arrangements significant, so that's something you'll want to keep in mind.
This level of attention and detail help us build an excellent backing for our floral arrangement. Now start with the Amaranthus. The Amaranthus flower is a natural choice because it is one of the taller stems we'll use today. I placed it a lot higher than the foliage. As lovely as the foliage is, you do want to see your flowers over the foliage. I'm just placing it all to one side and just making it look like it's kind of trailing off. I'm also using little bits of foliage to create space, so that the Amaranthus isn't all stuck together.
The inspiration for this collection comes from my love of the 1920s and pinks and velvets. I wanted to celebrate my passion for both with this range of flowers. The 1920s trend has had a massive resurgence. The roaring 20s mid-century theme is becoming very popular in people's homes, so I was interested in looking at the different textures between the shiny rose gold that is in great demand at the moment, against the soft pink surfaces.
Follow me and turn the bouquet, just so that you can get an even view on all the flowers. When you look at the colour wheel, pinks and purples are all lined up next to each other, so they complement each other nicely.
Next, place the Lagurus, otherwise known as bunny tails. The Lagurus will bring in that velvet inspiration which I have for this preserved flower bouquet. They're quite tall - use them to balance the Amaranthus. Use foliage to create space.
Trail the flowers down, starting at the back to be slightly lower than the Amaranthus. Ensure that when you look at the dried floral arrangements from the side, you're able to see all of the flowers moving forward. Now add the Helichrysum, which is a pretty pink colour. It also comes in a dark maroon kind of shade, but I wanted to keep this quite girly and bright, so I chose this flower.
Finally add the dried Hydrangea. You'll like to know that this Hydrangea is one of the eco flowers produced directly by us. They're straightforward to dry, if you look outside at the moment, they're currently drying on the stems in people's gardens, so they're effortless to dry if you wanted to. Simply cut a few, hang them upside down and you can dry them in your own home. I'll place the Hydrangea to the side, just to create a bit of depth and another area of interest.
Now let's offset this to confer more balanced with a little mini spear into the side, just to frame the edge. You can follow my suggestions but be creative, and when you're happy with your arrangement, you can turn it to the back and just place in the copper leaf.
You'll notice how the copper palm has created a different dimension to this range of florals. You've got different shapes with these spiky edges of the palm that you can see poking out either side, but it will be predominantly visible to this side of your preserved flower bouquet, if you create it the same way that I have done.
If you have followed me step-by-step, all of your stems are now in the bunch. You can start manipulating them, so if you want things more visible. For example, you might want to feature the Amaranthus and make a bit higher: you can just pull them up.
Choose the Display
So, when you're happy with your dried flower bouquet, you can lay it on the table and tie it. Because we've placed the copper leaf at the back, it will protect all of your stems so don't worry about laying it flat on the table. I'm going around the stems a few times and making sure I tie as tightly as possible. I'm just going to double knot it here.
Once you've tied your collection of flowers, get your vase. Take your hand-tied floral arrangement and measure it against the vase. Cut it down where you see fit. If you are using a wide neck vase, you'll see it is wide for this arrangement. That's nothing to worry about; you can lift the bouquet out, cut the string, and then place it back in the vase. By cutting the string you create a lot more space and the stems all fan out, but it stayed in the same arrangement that I've left it in.
So this is the finished look for today, don't forget these flowers will last up to three years, so they're a fantastic alternative to fresh flowers. Don't forget you can easily swap some of these stems. For example, you could remove the foliage but keep the rose gold elements, just to create a lovely Christmas bouquet.
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