A stroll through the garden will reap lots of flowers to make arrangements with.
If you don't have a garden spot, the local Farmer's Markets can supply you with flowers for very little money.
So many people tell me how intimidated they are about arranging flowers.
Knowing how to support and keep the stems in place will take the mystery out of flower arranging.
Once you know these different tricks, your creations will have that professional look you want.
Floral Foam (the wet kind!!!)
A flower frog is a glass or metal object with holes in it to hold and support flower stems. There are glass, metal and ceramic frogs. It is a good idea to watch for them at the thrift store or yard sales.
Sometimes I use these as pencil holders.
Tape Cross Hatch Grid
Me....not so much! I never have seen the point of this.
But......if you are one of the many Mason jar lovers.....you can buy this insert to create a grid for your flowers. Not a bad idea.
Chicken Wire or Rabbit Fencing
Using chicken wire is a cost effective alternative to floral foam. It is not as easy to work with, but it makes a strong support grid for stems.
Chicken wire is kind of "pokey" and you need a tin snips to cut your piece to size.
Using plastic "rabbit fencing" solves those problems. The plastic can be used over and over again.
You can buy the plastic mesh fencing at most garden stores. 25 feet is a lot...maybe you could split it with a friend or two.
Since we have rabbits eating our plants...we had this lying around here!
The flowers are easy to arrange using this grid support.
Foliage as Support
Sometimes you are working with a clear glass container. You don't want to see the floral foam or wire. Using sturdy leaves from your perennial plants is a way to provide support. This works especially well with shallow arrangements.
Pachysandra, Hosta, a Peony leaves are especially good choices.
Curly Willow or Grape Vine
A twist of curly willow or grapevine inside a clear vase makes an interesting and organic support.
I didn't have any example photos of my own.....so I went out and found these pretty ones. You do have to change the water often if you use this method because the willow or grape vine does "muddy" the water.
I hope these ideas are some you can use when you arranging your flowers.
Have A Wonderful Day!