A dummies guide to flower arrangements video

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Take the guesswork out of arranging flowers by following these florist-approved tips.

Filling your home with fresh flowers always seems like a great idea. A fresh bouquet can bring life to your home during the dreary winter months and can fill a room with fragrance. 

To learn how to give homemade arrangements a more professional edge, we headed along to a beginners' vase arrangement class at Vida Flores' flower school for some hands-on instruction.

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Take the guesswork out of arranging flowers by following these florist-approved tips.
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Take the guesswork out of arranging flowers by following these florist-approved tips.

NUMBER OF FLOWERS

In the floristry world, there is an unwritten law that you should only use an odd number of flowers in your arrangements.

Davina Prankerd of Vida Flores said you don't have to rigidly stick to this rule. 

"If two or four stems of the same type of flower looks beautiful in your arrangement, then go with it," Prankerd said. "Remember to do what works best for you."

FORAGE FOR FOLIAGE 

"Look around you and forage for foliage in your backyard with various colours and textures rather than creating an arrangement of just flowers," Prankerd said. "Don't count out foliage as it can make an arrangement look nice and interesting and can be a godsend in the winter months when flowers are more expensive."

Davina Prankerd teaches a beginners flower arrangement class.
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Davina Prankerd teaches a beginners flower arrangement class.

CUT YOUR STEMS

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Before you start on your arrangement, cut the stems of your flowers at a 45-degree angle. This will increase the surface area of the stem for water intake and will keep your flowers hydrated for longer. 

You should also remove any foliage that will fall below the water line as the damp greenery can lead to the creation of bacteria and will shorten the lifespan of your flowers.

Look beyond flowers and forage for foliage to add to your arrangement.
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Look beyond flowers and forage for foliage to add to your arrangement.

THE SPIRAL TECHNIQUE

Your arrangement doesn't necessarily have to be made in the vase. Creating an arrangement in your hand using the "spiral technique" allows you to refine your flower placement and create a neat final product before committing to the final cut. 

By turning the bunch slightly in the same direction every time you add a flower or a foliage stem, you create a neat spiral of stems that will make the bottom of your arrangement look just as beautiful as the top. 

Calla lilies in a fish bowl vase.
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Calla lilies in a fish bowl vase.

THE TAPE TRICK

A simple trick to arrange your flowers simply and give the arrangement a full, lush look is by creating a grid across the top of the vase using transparent tape and filling in the holes with your flowers and foliage. 

Note: Ensure you wipe down the vase before applying the tape as this will ensure it holds in place. 

Create a grid using tape to assist you in keeping your flowers in place.
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Create a grid using tape to assist you in keeping your flowers in place.

SPIN YOUR VASE

Prankerd said it is easy to become attached to one side of an arrangement. Ensure you don't have a one-sided arrangement by spinning the vase as you go and filling any holes you come across. 

CHANGE YOUR WATER REGULARLY

Spin your vase as you go to ensure you don't create a one-sided arrangement.
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Spin your vase as you go to ensure you don't create a one-sided arrangement.

Prankerd said the best way to ensure the longevity of your arrangement is to change the water they are sitting in regularly and by recutting the stems to allow them to soak up more water. 

 - Homed

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