Floral Maker Tips
The Art of Floral Arranging with Michaels Makers
ROMA & CHRISTIAN
Meet Creative Project Designers Roma and Christian, who have over 30 years of combined experience in creating faux and fabulous floral arrangements. Roma’s approach is inspired by nature and favors asymmetrical designs, while Christian’s aesthetic is crisp, lush and polished. We’ve distilled some of their expertise into handy advice, just for you.
HERE’S WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY:
GET INSPIRED, MAKE YOUR PLAN
A great idea can come from just about anywhere. As you comb through Instagram, Pinterest, and your favorite magazines for inspiration, consider:
- Your personal aesthetic and style
- The space your final creation will occupy
- Your color palette
Christian notes, “If the space is monochromatic, ask yourself if this is your chance to breathe color into the space.”
Centerpiece, wreath, bouquet, side table arrangement – no matter what you’re making, having a good idea of the space it will live in will help to ground your creativity and ensure the outcome matches your vision.
Roma says, “Designing floral is 3D art. If you can see depth and build art, it’s just another medium!”
START WITH THE BASICS
You’re probably eager to start gathering bunches of blooms, but we recommend making a few key decisions before you do:
- What are you making? An arrangement? A wreath? A bouquet?
- Will you need a container? Think outside the vase – mason jars, vintage glassware or even upcycled bottles or cans enhance the DIY factor for a look that’s totally you!
- Is your project front-facing, or will it be visible 360 degrees?
- What else will you need? You may wish to have wire cutters, hot glue and floral foam on hard. Plus, a nice selection of moss and ribbon can help you put the finishing touches on your project.
A friendly reminder from Christian: “Don’t forget to double check your space. In general, your arrangement should be one-and-a-half times the size of your container.”
PICK YOUR FLOWERS
By now, your vision should be pretty clear. As you’re shopping for floral, keep in mind that you’ll need:
- Focal blooms – These are your big statement blooms. Buy them in odd numbers (3, 5, 7 …) based on the size of your arrangement.
- Filler flowers
“I like to select floral bushes that contain multiple heads, so I can cut them apart and use them throughout my arrangements. Remember to get extra so you don’t have to stop in the middle of arranging to buy more!” says Roma.
LET THE ARRANGING BEGIN!
- Your focal blooms determine the overall shape of your project. Try placing them at different heights and depths for visual interest.
- Filler flowers should be placed in between the focal blooms. The great thing about faux floral is that you can bend and shape your filler flowers until you get the look you want.
- Add greenery and other embellishments.
- Don’t. Glue. Anything. (Yet.)
“This is the best part of working with floral. You can manipulate it to do exactly what you want it to do,” Roma notes. “Nothing is permanent, and you can always pull it apart and redo it if you’re not happy!”
- Take a break and step away from your project for a moment.
- Come back to it, and take a photo.
- Look at the photo and determine if there are any changes you want to make. Are there any gaps? Are any areas too dense? Adjust as needed.
Christian suggests, “Let it live in the space for a minute, then come back to it and you’ll understand if you made the right choices.”
Once you’re happy, glue in place, snap a pic and show us what you made!