Flower Arranging with Fresh Flower "Holding Fresh Flowers in Place"
Flower arrangement by Ron Morgan from In the Company of Flowers
Designing with Fresh Flowers/ Holding Cut Flowers In Place
Waterproof tape. Flowers casually placed in a clear
glass vase have been a popular style for many years. To create a more
elaborate, formal arrangement, make a grid at the top of the container out
of waterproof tape. The clear tape grid pattern is an excellent method
used by professionals.
Floral Netting or Chicken wire can also be used to hold stems in place. Bend the edges
of the wire over and into the foam inside the vase. If you aren’t using
foam, bend the chicken wire to the inside lip of the vase.
Crumpled chicken wire and a pin holder (kenzans)
provide a good grid for
small stem fresh flowers. Slip the flower stems in place through the wire.
Lead crossbar slings can be purchased at florist supply
stores. They are placed on the top of the container and held in place with
lightweight florist wire. Flowers stay upright and in place when they are
placed in-between the bars.
Floral foam sticks can be stuffed into vases and used to
support flower stems and hold arrangements in place. (Scraps from larger
pieces of foam can be utilized the same way.) Choose an opaque vase when
using foam sticks.
Anchor pins (plastic foam prongs or kenzans) are used to secure floral foam
to the bottom of the vase. Affix the pin with hot glue, waterproof clay, or
double faced mounting tape. Secure the foam by pressing the dry or saturated
floral foam onto the pins. Secure a candle to your arrangement by gluing two
anchor pins together, base to base. Insert one set of prongs into the foam
and the other set of prongs into the candle.
Foam anchor. A foam anchor has a heavy metal base with long widely
spaced pins and is similar in function to anchor pins. Secure it to the
bottom of the vase with waterproof clay or hot glue. If you plan to combine
fresh and silk flowers, press a piece of foam onto the pins. This
provides a place to insert the silk flowers.
A well pinholder can
be made by placing a pin frog in a small
container. Use it in small vases for miniature or
Candle cups are used for holding taper candles in floral foam when making centerpieces. Use floral clay at the bottom of your candle when placing in the candle cup to assure it stands straight.