DIY flower arrangements

Prepare a flower arrangement

The first thing to do is to buy fresh seasonal flowers, better if they have not fully blossomed so they will last longer. The choice of flowers must be made taking into account the place where they will be placed, in particular the color of the walls of the room. The final part of the stem must be cut, before placing the flowers in a vase full of water at room temperature, which must be changed every day. The choice of the vase is also important: it depends on the shape of the flowers and the length of the stems; yet the vase-flower chromatic combination should not be neglected at all. In general, floral compositions also have a certain amount of green, consisting of leaves and twigs, which serves to rebalance everything and constitutes a pleasant frame for the flowers, which must not, however, be suffocated by them.

The ancient art of Ikebana

For our DIY flower arrangements it can be very useful to take inspiration from the refined Japanese art of Ikebana: the arrangement of cut flowers. It has very ancient origins: it dates back to the 6th century AD and is initially linked to the devotional practices of Buddhism; these elegant flower arrangements were in fact offered to the gods as votive gifts. Later they became more widespread, often accompanying tea ceremonies as well. Ikebana requires a lot of care and attention to shape and geometry: it is no coincidence that his compositions are often inspired by the triangle, a figure of great symbolic importance. It is a discipline that is fashionable today also in Western countries, where real courses are often set up for learning this art.

DIY flower arrangements for wedding

On no important occasion or anniversary, flowers are the protagonists as in a wedding. Also in this case we can give free rein to creativity and imagination by creating DIY decorations that will also ensure significant savings. A scenographic solution for the tables of newlyweds and guests can be to use transparent containers filled with water on which to float candles and flower petals. Even the place cards and the tableau mariage can be made with ribbons, cords, ears and small flowers, to match the bride’s bouquet. The colors of the flowers chosen for the wedding decorations very often also depend on the season in which the wedding is celebrated; moreover, some floral species have a particular symbolic meaning: colors such as white and pink refer to whiteness and romanticism; lemon yellow and green convey a feeling of freshness, while blue is traditionally considered an auspicious color for weddings; there are many flowers in nature that will allow us to re-propose these pleasant color combinations.

Decorations with dried flowers

Among the DIY floral decorations, even those with dried flowers are beautiful and simple to make, especially in the autumn period and if you know well the techniques for drying flowers. The most suitable are certainly roses and mimosas, to be combined with heather or lavender twigs: they can be dried by hanging upside down (those with the sturdiest stem) or pressed between the pages of a book. There are many creative ways to use them: pout pourri bags are ideal for scenting cabinets and drawers; we can also use small dried flowers to decorate handkerchiefs with sugared almonds or, in the case of large compositions, create beautiful centerpieces or garlands that will give a special touch to our home. A ‘home’ trick

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