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Floral Art: Create Your Own Corsage or Boutonniere

Kelli Dianthus, Horticulturalist and lover of plants

Floral Art: Create Your Own Corsage or Boutonniere

Kelli Dianthus, Horticulturalist and lover of plants

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10 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. Floral Art Class Introduction

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. Color Schemes

    • 4. Principles of Design

    • 5. Planning Your Design

    • 6. Flowers: Buy Fresh

    • 7. Be Prepared: Supplies and Preparing Flowers

    • 8. It's Bow Time

    • 9. Flowers...Assemble

    • 10. Conclusion

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About This Class

In this class, you’ll learn how to make a pin-on corsage or boutonniere with fresh flowers. You’ll learn what supplies are needed and how to select quality flowers. I’ll teach you basic design principles and color theory, as well as practical tips like how to make a bow and how to safely cut flowers. After this class, you will be able to make beautiful wearable flowers!

This class is for beginners and teaches foundational skills that are useful for any floral design.

Materials needed:
- Cut flowers and foliage (This class is intended for fresh flowers, but silk flowers can also be used)
- Floral wire
- Floral tape
- Wire cutters
- Floral knife (or any small, sharp, knife without serration)
- Ribbon, if desired
- Corsage pins

I’ll show you how the best way to cut stems with a knife, but if you’re uncomfortable doing so, garden or kitchen shears will also work.

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Kelli Dianthus

Horticulturalist and lover of plants


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1. Floral Art Class Introduction: Hello and welcome to my class. I am Kelly Dianthus, a lover plants with the horticulture degree, emphasis and floral design. Today I'm going to be teaching you how to make Chris Sasha's and 1,000,000,000 years thes air fun little projects that you can use for a wide variety of things. They're great for Mother's Day, prom weddings and just for fun. So we're gonna teach you skills that will be useful for not just Chris Hodges and boot in years, but for a wide range of for a project. So you can take these skills to apply them to other things. So let's have some fun. 2. Class Project: Theo. The product of this class is, as you can probably guess, making your own Chris Archer brewing here. This is a Superfund little cost. Small project. Just to get you going into floral design, you practice a lot of skills that can be used with a wide variety of other for projects. I encourage you to upload your in progress shots and ask any questions, and I look forward to seeing your finished work as well. 3. Color Schemes: e have a color wheel, which is a good tool for figuring out your color schemes and seeing the relationships between different colors. Now there are several different color schemes that you can use the ones I'm going to talk about our monochromatic, analogous, complimentary split, complementary and try attic. So let's start with monochromatic morning commanded Collisions are one. What's where you just use one color and any neutrals. For example, If I were doing a red monochromatic arrangement, I would use just read and could also use white. Black metallics are often considered neutrals, and I would also use green Green for specifically for floral design is considered a neutral because it's just gonna be in your plants. You don't have to incorporate it specifically as part of your color scheme. Now the next college scheme is analogous. That's when you use multiple colors that are usually two or three that are on that are next to each other on the color wheel. So if I were using red than I could use, also use orange or orange and yellow or going the other way, it could use red, purple and blue, or just red and purple analogous colors go well together because they're already going together. Orange has read in it, and it has yellow in it. So all three colors go well together, so you can do some fun things with that. And if you want a softer looking arrangement, that doesn't necessarily mean it can't be dramatic. Like, for example, if used all the warm colors red, orange and yellow that be very fiery cooled arrangement. And on the other side here we have the cool colors blue, purple and green, which just have a different feel. To him. You could do different fun things with it. Purples. Interesting is in that it can be. You can feel like a warm color or like a cool color, depending on what else is with it. Next up, we have my favorite color scheme, which is complementary for that. Then you have to colors that are opposite each other on the co will. For example, read your sorry orange and blue, red and green, purple and yellow. Those are complementary, complementary colors. When they're next to each other, they make each other pop, so they're the highest contrast color scheme you can use, which I think is really fun now. You may find it interesting that I said that red and green are complementary. When earlier I said that green is a neutral, it is a neutral unless you're using it very deliberately, you can have green act as a color, but as I said, you have to do it deliberately. But one from thinking that you could do, say, if I were making that red monochromatic arrangement and used Green, then I would be doing kind of monochromatic and complementary at the same time. And I would be getting the the benefit of having these two colors together make them pop. But it would still be considered Monta Panic. So I think that's fun. The next coach game that we have is split complimentary. It's a bit softer than a true complimentary. So instead of doing, say, orange and blue, then I would do orange and blue, green or orange and blue purple. You want the colors that are on either side of the true compliment, not far enough to make them different colors the purple and green. But just I can't really show you what this color wheel it's too little basic, but just instead of doing the true compliment. Do the ones on either side. The last color scheme is try attic. That one is a bit more difficult for that one than you use colors that are equal distant on the color wheel so you would use red, yellow and blue or you a Jew's purple, orange and green. These can be easy to make them clash, which is why this color scheme is a bit more difficult. So if you are unsure in your color matching abilities, I would room it. Recommend avoiding try Attic. Now that we've discussed the color schemes, then you'll want to consider what kind of look and feel you're going for your Chris Archer . But near, Do you want it to be dramatic? Your soft, simple complex? What kind of feel are you going for? Pick a color scheme. If you could inspired by something else later, you can change it next. Let's talk about the principles of design 4. Principles of Design: one of the most important things to remember with design is that odd numbers look better than even numbers. If you have three of something, just generally looks better than having two of something. So you want to try and have your elements, have them in threes, fives or sevens after eight in the ice stops counting, so it's less important after that. So the principles of design our balance, proportion and scale, rhythm, unity and harmony, texture and focal point for balance. You can have the things be either symmetrical or asymmetrical. So here is an example of symmetrical. If they were, there is an imaginary line down the middle, and it is the same on both sides of the line. And you can do asymmetrical something like this little stair step thing going on, or something like this, where they are different on both sides of this imaginary line. But if you comptel where this inner balance for this would be, it is still centered. The design doesn't look like it's gonna fall over. That is something that you really want to avoid. If your design looks like it's gonna fall over, were fall apart. That's going to make people uncomfortable, so you want to avoid that, Say, if I had this flower going off in Neverland, then that could make the whole design look unstable. So you would want to avoid that. And keep in mind the visual weight of the designs. Just take a step back and see how the peace seems to be coming together. And next, we have proportionate scale. That's the idea that you want things to make sense in relation to each other and in relation to the environment for Chris options and boot nears, then you would want the peace to be in proportion to the person you wouldn't want to have a teeny little two year old with an enormous Kearsarge. It could pull it close. Funny, it be uncomfortable. Generally you'd want to avoid it. And you also wouldn't have the big, burly guy with the teeny little design. That would look funny, too. So you want things to be in proportion to their display environment. You also want things to be in proportion to the other elements of the peace. If I had a vase arrangement with tons of red tulips and I had just a very thins mattering of these blue flowers. It could work. Or it could look like Why did you even include these? That doesn't make sense. Wire these here. You wouldn't want it to be so little that it doesn't make sense. That doesn't mean that you have to have the same amount. You can have more of the red than the blue, but you have to make sure that it looks deliberate. The most important thing with these designs is to make things look deliberate. So next we have rhythm. So for that, you want to think about how the I will move over the peace. If you look at a piece of artwork, if it's a landscape, then there's a good chance that your eyes going to be moving horizontally with the landscape or a waterfall going down than your I will follow the water, fall down something like that. The same thing happens with floral designs, so you want the I toe have a direction to go. You don't want it to be looking over here, but then it jumps over here and something's going on over here, and you don't even know what's going on. Your eye doesn't know where to look, so pay attention that were, is the I supposed to go next up? We have unity and harmony for that. Then you want things to look like they're going together. One way to do this is to have the things, albeit same, like these red tulips. But that can be pretty and simple. You could also be boring. Let's try something else, saying I wanted to use these yellows. I could do all the same kind of yellow flower. Or I could change things up so you would have thes. But unity and variety is where something is unified and something is varied. So you'd have say all yellow flowers. But you would have different kinds of flowers, you see, with all these different kinds of yellow flowers. Then you get some interesting things going on with texture and with shape. But they're still Oh, yellow, so they all look like they're there for a reason. They all make sense. Think of ah girl band. You might have the girl's on the album cover, all wearing a blue dress, but they will probably all be wearing a different blue dress. This is unity and variety. Next up we have texture, and you can see some texture from this yellow. Since these different flowers have different textures, you've got these more pointy shapes from the Gerber's. You've got these more round shapes you've got. The bud is a tighter, more solid shape, but foliage is also a fun way to play with texture. So you've got say this real fine foliage very fine texture from this asparagus fern, and you've got this big, bold texture from this manually leaf. And you can also get different textures from grasses from fleshly things, from glossy things from pokey things like Hollies, all different kinds of textures. So consider in your arrangement what kind of feel you're going for there. Do you want big and bold? Do you want fine texture? Glossy, rough, pokey soft? Think of the kind of feel, and this could be fairly literal, the kind of feel that you're going for. Lastly, we have focal point. Not every arrangement needs to have a focal point, but it is a good thing to consider. So say, for this arrangement, you could say that this center is a focal point, but it's no terribly distinct. If I wanted a more dramatic one than, say, I would have this be a different color or something. This is pretty similar all the way around. You see it is symmetrical. It's medical. If the lines here, here, here, wherever it's symmetrical all the way around. So you can have something with a minor focal point like this or something more dramatic. As I said, if this was a different color or you wanted to have you found a really pretty butterfly pendant and you stuck that in there, that would be the focal point. So just considered again, where you want the I to go, what do you want? The most focus to be on and then you would design your thing with that in mind, have the pieces supporting your vision. Next up, we will talk about brainstorming. 5. Planning Your Design: Now that you have a basic idea of what color do you want to use and the 90 of the principles of design, it is time to start planning your massage orbit near now. The basic difference between the Chris Ajina Budimir is at a boot near, since it's for men is less frilly and is usually smaller. So you may use less ribbon, maybe just loops of ribbon instead of an actual bo, maybe fewer flowers. For example. Here's a massage that I made out of silk flowers. So for this, if I were doing a boot near to match this, then instead of this bow, I would probably do just a few loops. Like I did loops out of thes leaves. I would do some loops of ribbon like that. I would have either take out these purple flowers or just have less of the purple flowers just to make it smaller and more manly, and so to plan out the rest of your design. What you do is you would want to start by sketching it out. So just basic sketch. You don't have to be very good at drawing. You're the only person who needs to see this. Just draw some basic shapes and then you can go to the flower shop and see what you want. Now, you, If you ordered fires ahead, that's great. And that lets you be more specific in this stage. If you didn't and you just plan on going and seeing what the flower shop has available, that works too. In that case, just keep in mind the principles of design that we're to talk about and the color scheme that you just signed it upon and just see what strikes your fancy. Now, that's what I did when I got these flowers for this class. So I ended up deciding to go with a complimentary color scheme so purple with yellow. So for to see what I wanted to do with ease, I would sketch these out or if I just wanted to use the other method that is just to hold the flowers up together. So then I would take this Chris Ah, lish and thes mums take this carnation and these mums and see OK. Do I want to have a cluster of mums here? Do I want to have the mums encircling them? Or maybe just have, um, up here? Just do try different things, see what works and we'll see in the next video 6. Flowers: Buy Fresh: Now you need to go and get your flowers. Maybe you ordered him ahead. Maybe you're just going to see what the flower shop has available. But you want to make sure that you're getting good quality flowers. But how do you do that? Let's take these mums. For example. If you notice the leaves are nice and and they're not limp, they're not crispy. They're not wilted. And the pedals themselves, they are upright. They look like other supposed to do. They're not wilted or crispy. And if there are a few bad leaves, that's all right. That happens. Just if most of them are good, you should be good. You want to make sure the stems air in the water because obviously for hours need to be in water. Now you want to give him a gentle shake, and sometimes if they're not fresh, they can just fall apart. Not good for designing with. So you won't avoid that. That's actually called shattering. Rather dramatic but appropriate no four roses in particular. Then what you can dio is you just gently squeeze the head of the rose. Just squeeze it right there. And you see that this rose doesn't deformed very much because this is a fresh rose. Now, if it were not fresh, that's called blown for roses. Then when I squished it, it would go on like and not good. You don't want that for a rose, so just keep those tips in mind to get some nice fresh flowers. 7. Be Prepared: Supplies and Preparing Flowers: Now that you have your flowers, you'll need to cut them. The best way to do it is with a knife. Just any small unsaturated knife will dio then Now you want to cut them at a 45 degree angle. Ideally, this would be underwater, but that's impractical in a lot of situations. So you were just doing in the air. Have some order that you can put it in when you're done. So let's get these mums ready. So how you cut it is you hold the knife like this and when you cut, then it's a arm motion, not a hand emotion, so you won't be cutting your finger. Now, if it's a particularly woody stem, then it can be a bit difficult to cut through. For those you may want to use shears, and if you want to use years with the others, that works just fine. The water won't be able to go up through the stems quite as well, because shares tend to crush the Sims. But it'll work well enough for this, but I encourage you to try it with a knife if you're comfortable. So we're gonna dio its hold it and you get a nice 45 degree angle cut that will take up water nicely. Now you'll want to remove any leaves and flowers that will be below the water line because they will make your water turned murky faster. So got a nice clean step ready to design with. Now that you have your flowers, let's get the rest of your supplies. In order, you will need your floral knife, which you have already used. You will need floral tape, floral wire, which can you can also get in a school. Why are cutters for obvious reasons, and assuming you want driven, you will want from it. Finally, you will need a massage pin so that you can actually pin on your massage when you're done. So one basic took me that you may or may not need for this project, but you will need for a lot of others. Is wiring wiring your flowers? Now here's one that I already did. What you do for this is for Gerber. Daisies for moms. For a bunch of other flowers. You make a hook like this and you stick it down the center of the flower. Make it come out next to the stem or if you can, inside this dim. That's especially easy with Gerber. Since they've got that white hollow stems, you stick it down in there and you put gently pull it so you can't even see it. This has a hook in it and you can't tell. Then you wrap it down the stem and then you tape it. I'll show you how to cover things with floral tape. And now you have this stem that you can bend to your will. And so I will show you how to wire this. Your cup person tape the wire so you would for the daisy than you would cover it with tape after he wired it. But so you have to stretch the tape to get it going isn't actually sticky. It's tacky and it sticks to itself. So don't expect it to stick to other things like Scotch tape. So you just gently stretch it and then you wrap it down the wire like this until you get to the end, you turn it off and there you go. This looks better and blends in better than just playing wire. So set that aside. And one thing that's common to do with flowers like this carnation here is Sometimes you need a stem that you can bend without snapping it like this would. Naturally, I'll show you had to do this end up with something like this. So you take this carnation and we'll cut it. There we go. That's still a bit long that so then we would get somewhere and you would pierce the carnation about like that. Bring it throughout halfway, and then you would wrap the wire around this time. And there we go, then, and you can tell this is not very pretty. So then you would take your floral tape. As I said, stretching a bit and get it going. It could be a little bit tricky to get going since, as I said, it does not really stick to the flower. And there we go, covering up, and sometimes you have to go over it a little bit of your if you miss a spot like I did, and when you're doing Chris Aja's, you want to avoid having a lot of excessive wire and tape because you don't want to have extra weight. You don't want something hanging on your chest. That's too heavy. So there's that. And one more fire I'm going to show you is the rose. Since that is very common. So with the Rose. See this guy? This guy doesn't have very many stems, but ah, one thing you could do with stems is you can sip up with the thorns is you can snip off the thorn, or you can just pop it off. You can just push on it with your finger. Don't come off. Where? Clip clip the tip of it. Whatever. So for Rose, you would do something similar from the carnation. Really? It's the same. So I'm not going to show you again. But you just stick the wire through the middle. Here, wrap it around, tape it, he would cut the stem shorter. And there you go. You've got the rose now. Roses often their outer petals look a little rough. This look, OK, but I'm gonna show you what to do with that. You would just put your finger down at the base of the Rose petal and pop it off. See, the inner petals tend to look nicer. The outer petals are more likely to have some damage, So just set that aside. And that's how you take care of roses. 8. It's Bow Time: all right. Another basic technique that you need to know is how to make a boat so you can use any kind of ribbon. Personally, I would avoid satin asset eight. It is not very forgiving. You crinkle it and it stays creased. It's I don't like it. So here's just a regular ribbon. Anything that I said, any of work. So what you do you like to wrap it around a reporter, my thumb to get it going, and then you twist it underneath your thumb? The twist is probably less important for this kind of ribbon than percent necessitate some . Some ribbons, like the satin estate, have a pretty side, an ugly side. The twist keeps the pretty side showing all the time. I like to do it anyway, and it's a good happen to be into. So then you make another you make a loop, you twisted again, make a loop, trying to keep them even on both sides. It could be tricky and twist. So you're getting that going, and we're just gonna make a little bow here, but you could make it as many loops as you want. I see. I didn't twist again, and I like to make the loops each progressively a little bigger, so I think that looks nice, But you can do the loops all the same size. See what works for you and C C there that same size. And then when you've got all the loops that you want, when you make one big loop to be your little trailing pieces of the ribbon, then you take some wire and you thread that through the loop on your thumb, and this loop around your thumb will hide the wire. If my wife, if my ribbon weren't sheer so you thread that through and thread it through your big loop, then you have to keep type hold of it. Ribbons can come apart, which is another reason why forgiving Reuben is nice. And then you twist it. Hold it at twisted as tight as you reasonably can that well, hold your boat more securely. All right. Now, T to cut this, you want to cut ribbon at an angle that helps? It's not free. You can either do do it like this or you can clip it. Ah, in any configuration that is at an angle and cut this off I'll show you another way to do it with the other side of this. So you just clip like that to make a little too pointed thing doesn't really matter, since you won't be seeing that side but for the side. And you might need to clean it up. This guy got a little pulled and there you go. You have your bow and you usually will need to fluff it a bit. As you can see, it's all in a row. I like to pull some of the loops up, pull some of the groups down, make it a little bit more fluffy. And once it's in the Chris, ours you can in England a bit more. Get it going, how you want it. Some ribbons will respond better to this than others. It depends on what you choose. So we have this bow already to go into a curse audition 9. Flowers...Assemble : way. All right, now we're going to make worker, Sarge. So I have things carnation that I taped up earlier and have some of these mums now for these. I did not feel the need to wire them individually if I needed to bend the stems more than I would. So what I did just did. So I took some carnations, fearsome Mom's rather and just wrapped wire around the stems and then taped it up nice and easy. You just have to be careful that you don't do it too hard cause you can break through the stem and then you tape it up. And so I have that. And I was going to use this foliage and some more mums. So this one, I'm gonna show you again how I wired it up. So what? What you dio is you make a hook, and you can use pliers for this if you have a handy, but you don't have to, as as you can tell and just stick it through gently, and this guy's coming out side that took in there and just gently pull it through. Do you Can't see it anymore. There we go. No, I think if I wrapped this around and probably break the stem so we're not gonna do that? Just gonna tape it up. This'll little guy is gonna go up high on the Kearsarge, which is why I made the stem so long. So I have plenty of space to work with, though. I really problem. We need this much. All right, so what we're gonna do? So I decided to that I wanted five of these little MMS because it is generally best to have odd numbers. 35 seven. Whatever. The once you get past eight thing, the ice stops counting, so it's harder. It makes less of the difference. So I'm gonna put this little trio here. Took that under there. Take this guy that I wired up earlier, something like that. But I'm going to use this long wire from that money. Showed you rapid around here then this isn't terribly Scarcely. I'm going to use that taped war that he used earlier. And I'm gonna thread it through here. You need Chris Arges to be secure. You don't want it coming apart while people are dancing or whatever it is. So do one. So So you need to balance having it's secure and having it light. So that seems secure. So we wrap that around like that. Now we've got the boat that we made earlier. I'm gonna took that under here. So where that I owned and you can fiddle with this some more. I could make some of these flowers be in front of the bow if I wanted Teoh. I don't I think I dio. But that's an option. And now you just need Teoh. Take it up. I need to make sure to cover all the ugly wire And what? Not that you don't want to see end something that's that's fun with some designs, as you can use colored wire and you wouldn't do that just like this. But just if you want to have some stems of flowers on each other just in the cluster you can wrap it up with colored water and then you don't even have to tape it. And it looks all fancy. And sometimes as you're taping than the tape breaks and then you just started over again. I mean, not from the beginning, but you just keep going and this keeps breaking. And once you're done taping it. There's a few different things you can do to finish off this. Tim. Let's see. It's got some pokey. It's now just pressing down the wire so people don't get poked. You could make a curly Q with the wire where, you know, partly due with this. It's just it ended up kind of like a cornucopia, so you could do that. And there you go. You have your massage for the boat near. I decided to use three months instead of five, like I did for the Kearsarge, and I made a boat with fewer loops. In the end, I decided that it was actually not different enough from the Kearsarge. It looks almost the same, so I ended up doing a different one for the second boot near, I used a cluster of yellow moms didn't use a carnation at all, and I just had this cute little cluster that I like a lot better. You do want your Chris Arjun boot near if they're intended to go together to look like they go together. But that doesn't mean they have to be the same. Be creative, do what seems fun 10. Conclusion: Thank you for watching my class. I hope you enjoyed it. If you did, please click the follow button. So you receive a notification when I make a new class. Now, I hope you've been working on your projects and please post them in the discussion so that other people can be inspired by your work and you can receive feedback. And if you have work in progress shots, we would love to see those as well. So if you have any questions, feel free to ask, and I will answer them for you. And I will see you with my next class.