Making a Floral Arrangement

To celebrate the end of our summer break, and the start of a new school year, I invited some of my teaching colleagues for a morning tea. I made some delicious snacks and added miniature floral arrangements to make the day special. A round floral arrangement has no front or back, so they are ideal to use as centerpieces for a tea table.

Approximate Time: 45 minutes



  1. Using the pre-cut score lines as your guide, cut off a third of the floral foam brick.
  2. Soak this piece of floral foam in the bowl of water. Do not push the foam under the water, but allow it to soak up the water on its own, or else it may leave dry spots in the foam which can't be detected from the outside.
  3. After 20-30 seconds, or as soon as the top of the piece of floral foam is level with the surface of the water, remove the piece of floral foam from the water.
  4. Turn the mini tin bucket upside down and gently push the top of the bucket into the piece of floral foam, so that you will have left an imprint on the foam.
  5. Use the knife and cut the floral foam to the correct size, so that it will fit snugly into the mini bucket. You will have to cut the foam at a slant, to make provision for the fact that the bucket gets narrower towards the bottom. Do not cut away too much at once. Cut a few small pieces away, measure it to the bucket and keep on cutting and measuring until the foam fits into the bucket. The floral foam must not be level with the rim of the bucket, but must be about 1 inch higher than the rim.
  6. To make a round floral arrangement, the greenery and flower stems should all be cut to the same length. Using the height of your mini tin bucket as your guide, make a measuring stick from the kebab skewer. Measure a distance of 2 7/8 inches from the one end of the skewer, and make a mark. Then, add 1.2 inches from the first mark and make a second mark; the 1.2 inches will represent the piece of stem that will be pushed into the foam, whereas the 2 7/8 inches will represent the length of the flowers and leaves that will form the decoration.
  7. Use the measuring stick to cut all the greenery stems to the correct size, and remove any leaves from the 1.2 inches part of the stems that will go into the floral foam.
  8. Gently stick the greens into the floral foam, and press down on each stem until only the 2 7/8 inches is left sticking out of the floral foam. Be careful not to snap a stem when pushing it into the floral foam.
  9. Work symmetrically; what you do on the one side, do the same on the opposite side of the arrangement.
  10. Keep on adding greens until all the floral foam has been covered, making sure to keep the circular shape of the design.
  11. Use the measuring stick to cut all the flowers to the correct size, and remove any leaves from the 1.2 inches part of the flower stems that will go into the floral foam.
  12. Gently stick the flower stems into the floral foam, again pressing down on each stem until only the 2 7/8 inches is left sticking out of the floral foam. Be careful not to snap a stem when pushing it into the floral foam and remember to work symmetrically.

1. When using a small container, as was used in this project, do not use large flowers. Small flowers will lead to a more balanced result.
2. To make the arrangement last longer, add water to the foam daily.

By Benetta from Pretoria, Gauteng

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May 22, 2006

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Shauna Smith Duty
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March 7, 2011

I make silk flower arrangements. I have been asked to do a fresh flower wedding in August; is there a big difference?

By Cindy from Middletown, DE



March 8, 20110 found this helpful
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Huge difference! Fresh is much harder! It is hot in August and fresh flowers are very perishable. Roses that are buds when you start are opening and dying within hours so unless you have a cooler to store them in you have to get and arrange flowers the day of the wedding. You can not bend stems any way you like as you would with silks. If you cut a fresh flower stem and it is too short, you are stuck with it and it is wasted. With a silk you can simply extend the wire stem by taping on a longer wire. Unless you have a wholesale source fresh flowers are expensive. You are also limited to the actual colors of the flowers. Don't forget that you will need oasis, waterproof containers, corsage and boutonniere bags and pins. Just FYI, Costco does sell special order arranged wedding flowers.

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March 11, 20110 found this helpful
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Lindal is right. I am also a silk wedding flower provider. You also have to consider shipping costs, and most fresh flower arrangements can only be made up within 72 hours of the event.

Refrigeration and changing out water is key. Plus you'll need floral foam versus styrofoam.

It could be real headache. I don't take on fresh clients. I just don't have the needed staff and refrigeration to properly handle these types of request.

Good luck!

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May 25, 2010

I saw a "cupcake" that is a small floral arrangement and I'd like to make one of my own. The "paper cupcake liner" looks to be a small terra cotta pot with ridges. The "cupcake frosting" is actually a mound of white carnations.

Any suggestions as to how I can achieve the terra cotta ridged "cupcake liner"?

By Jan from Louisville, KY


May 27, 20100 found this helpful
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I would use a piece of corrugated cardboard with one smooth side removed (this often comes as packing material or you can try splitting the layer away yourself) then spray paint it any color you like. Wrap around any appropriate container, wavy side out, and there you go!

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I've seen large silicone molds for baking a large "cupcake" cake for birthdays. The mold could be used for the bottom.

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January 2, 2007

I am looking for step by step instructions on how to make a fresh, silk and dried flower arrangements using the floral and dry foam. Also, where can I get supplies at a discount price?

Nancy from Hatfield, PA


By Tanya (Guest Post)
January 4, 20070 found this helpful
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There are many used flower arranging books available at at a good price, or you might try your local library if you don't want to buy a book. I am a professional floral designer, and my advice is to shop at Wal-Mart for the best prices. You may have a floral wholesaler nearby, but generally they will not sell to anyone who does not have a retail license specifically designated for flowers, but it won't hurt to try. Hard to beat Wal-Mart prices, though. Good luck.

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December 9, 2009

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