Gorgeous autumnal dried flowers bouquet inspired by the colours of the season
Hi my floral friends! My name is Maria, and I'm the head florist here at Amaranté London. Welcome to your dried flowers masterclass. In this masterclass, I'll show you how to tie this gorgeous autumnal arrangement of dried flowers inspired by all of the colours of the season.
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Creating your bespoke bouquet
Once your order of dried flowers arrives, unpack your box. Depending on the arrangement of flowers you ordered, will find a variety of flowers. For this bouquet, we have:
- mixed autumnal foliage;
- preserved red eucalyptus;
- three stems of pampas grass;
- red Broom;
- two stems of Carthamus;
- four helichrysum;
- seven stems of Lazarus;
- two Protea;
- three Craspedia;
- and finally, three achillea.
Preparing things: the vase
Before you start your vase arrangement, you will need a particular vase. For this bespoke bouquet I have a specific vase in mind - it is slightly shorter than usual with a height of about 20 centimetres. This vase is black in colour. I have chosen this vase because it will pop against the colours in this particular bouquet. The contrast in colours between the dried flowers and the vase will make the colours of the bouquet stand out. I also like this vase very much because of its thin neck. This is a particular feature we can take advantage of once we place the bouquet of flowers in the vase: once in, we can cut the string holding the flowers together and let the flowers really fan out nicely. To do this, you will need scissors and some string for your floral arrangement.
Preparing your Floral Arrangement
Before composing your floral arrangement, you will need to ensure that all of your flower stems are separated and have been adequately prepared. In practice, this means is that you should divide your stems. For example, it's a good idea to separate the Broom into smaller pieces.
With the foliage, you don't want any foliage or pieces of stem sticking out any lower than where you're going to place your flowers. When you hold the flowers, you want everything past what is defined as the "binding point" to be clear of any leaves or bits of stem that will cause congestion in your hand.
This is a front-facing floral arrangement
This bouquet is a front-facing arrangement. Front-facing means that I will start with the tallest stems and work my way down into the shorter stems at the front. Be careful because if you try and put a short stem of a flower towards the back of a bouquet, it will just get lost. I'm starting with a beautiful set of chestnut, and I'm just pairing that with the tallest stem of eucalyptus. This is where we're going to begin to create a spiral. The point of spiralling a bouquet is such that when you put it in your vase, it will sit at its best. The way that we do this is by crossing the stems over one other; merely laying them next to each other in your hand. The more flowers you add, the more you will understand and "get a feel" for this action: it will become a lot easier and clearer.
Create Spaces and Volume in your bouquet
I'm creating a bit of space and some volume which is an excellent base for us to start with. The next thing I'm going to do is create more height with the pampas. This comes in tall, you want to be able to see that as much as possible. The Pampas is currently in season and is being harvested now, which means it's really sustainable. We are moving away from intense farming and farming products that shouldn't be available this time of year, so now we've got it we should make use of it in this bespoke bouquet.
I place these to create space, so our dried flowers are not all squashed together. The technique is to keep turning your bouquet so you can see it from different angles to check that it looks perfect from every angle.
Inserting the tallest Broom
Next, I insert the stem of Broom (the tallest one available). I'm just starting to bring this in from the back of the arrangement so that it's visible and gives the bouquet a cohesive look. Bring in the flowers all the way from the back and follow them through to the front: again, I'll add more of that lovely autumnal foliage.
... and the achillea
Next up in the bespoke bouquet is the achillea. I'm using the smallest head that I've got to create something we call transition. You want your largest heads to be towards the front of the bouquet and in the lower focal area which we'll get to shortly. We are effectively creating space with the lovely coloured Broom.
Now, I'm going to insert the Carthamus in the bouquet, in front of the Broom. You'll notice, there's loads of space between all of these different flowers. I continue to turn my bouquet and keep that spiral movement going. I'm also going to start bringing in my Lazarus flowers.
Here, again, I'll place the taller stems at the back. I'm creating what we call an analogous colour scheme. It is one where all of the colours are sequential on the colour wheel, and they complement each other nicely.
At this point I'll bring in that Helichrysum to the front of the Pampas which is quite similar to the Carthamus in texture. I'm going to break it up with a bit of the achillea by placing the Broom flowers in the front just to bring my colour through. Now go back in with the Carthamus. This is actually one of the oldest crops.
The inspiration for this bespoke bouquet
So the inspiration for this bouquet was to create a really warm feeling arrangement that people could have in their homes. Such a bouquet is inspired by bonfire night colours, the warmth of the fire and fallen leaves in autumn. In this bouquet, I've used the most seasonal pieces that are available. I'm evenly distributing all of the stems of our bouquet, but you can group them if you like and create a striking effect. There are so many stems going into this bouquet - it's really lovely!
Now I'll introduce the Protea. The Protea flower is a fascinating one. All the flowers for this bouquet have a striking shape, texture and colour, so I want to keep them prominent.
And Finally …
To finish things off, I introduce the final pieces of eucalyptus. The eucalyptus will fit nicely on the edge of the vase. Now we've finished with our bespoke bouquet: all the stems are in spiral, and you can start manipulating things. For example, you can experiment with the different pieces of foliage to avoid creating a stark ending which I don't like. Move different elements of the bouquet around until you are happy with your arrangement.
Now you can lay the bouquet on the table and tie it together. Tie it as tightly as you can to stop everything from falling, then measure your stems against the vase and trim everything down.
Finally, you can pop the bouquet into your vase!
Amaranté London dried flowers will last up to three years. These bespoke bouquets are a fantastic alternative to fresh flowers as they as sustainable and ethically sourced. Try your hand at any other of our floral arrangements and buy a loved one a sustainable gift.