Floral Arranging 101: Hand Tied Bouquet.

Today I'm excited to share my very first homework assignment from the Floral Arranging 101 class I'm taking. The class has been really great and I feel like I've learned a lot already. We started off by learning about the proper way to condition flowers, the types of tools to use, how to hand tie a bouquet and then wrap it in a freezer paper aqua pack. We were then given the assignment to create our own hand tied bouquet.


When I signed up for the class I was hoping I would be able to use flowers from our yard. There is a pretty lilac bush, peonies and roses a plenty. Unfortunately, the lilac bloomed three weeks before the class began and the peonies and roses hadn't opened up in time for this project. This meant I was forced to search grocery stores and local flower shops. I live in a rural area and don't have access to a flower market so after going to 5 different places I finally purchased a mixed bouquet that wasn't too hideous from the grocery store for $24.99. I then went to a flower shop for 3 coral peonies and greenery that set me back an additional $23.00. I have a feeling I will be doing a bit of flower hunting for every assignment.


Overall I'm really happy with how the bouquet came together. Chelsea's instructions were so helpful and easy to follow. I loved receiving feedback from Chelsea after I uploaded my images in the class gallery. She suggested editing down the hydrangea so it wasn't such a large mass and I completely agree with her. One thing that makes the bouquet look a bit more polished is the spiraling stems. I was really surprised how simple it was and I think it adds such a nice, professional looking touch.


I ended up giving my mom the bouquet as a Mother's Day gift and she loved it. She's been texting me photos of it everyday so I can see how it's holding up. She's the sweetest.

Tomorrow my assignment is a wild english garden arrangement and I'm heading out right now to cut some roses. Have a lovely weekend, friends!

16 comments:

  1. What a cool class to take! The arrangement is gorgeous!

    Have a great weekend!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  2. Danyelle! This is gorgeous! I'm impressed not only with the bouquet but by your photography! Way to add to your already many talents. Now I really can't wait to take this class.

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  3. It's so beautiful! I hope you will share your results each week because I would love to see your finished products!

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  4. Beautiful. I was going to sign up for that class, but this time of year is always so busy for me I didn't know if I would have the time to devote to it. So happy to hear you are liking it and looking forward to seeing all your assignments.

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  5. So cute! I always love your stuff. You are so creative and have such an eye for beauty!

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  6. Danyelle, you did such a beautiful job on your bouquet! I can't wait to see your Wild English Garden arrangement!

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  7. It's gorgeous! Your talents continue to astound me! Good work!

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  8. Ahh! I just found this and LOVE it! I have to try this with some of the flowers in my backyard too! I'm so glad you posted this!

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  9. Oh wow, what a beautiful arrangement. I really want to do this class now! May have to wait until the end of the year when school is over. Hopefully the class is still running then.Looking forward to seeing more photos from the class.

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  10. You are such a natural! I am so glad your mom got to enjoy the bouquet!

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  11. Isn't it funny that floral arranging to me was just for my mom, along with ceramics and jazz-ercise, and then suddenly as an adult, I can't wait to do it myself and really appreciate the work that goes into a lovely vase or thoughtful bouquet. So nice, Danyelle!

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  12. Your arrangement is gorgeous! I would definitely benefit from a floral arranging class... I have two bouquets of peonies (my fave!) sitting on the counter and I am certain my arrangement will look no where near this nice when it is complete.

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  13. So gorgeous! I would love to take a class like this!

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  14. I just LOVE bouquets of flowers when they are done right. They downright give me goose bumps...and your made me chill all over. Fabulous!! You will be doing weddings soon I am sure with these mad skills. Tami

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  15. This is a perfect bouquet for a wedding! I am always telling my brides to pick something that is small and colorful. I love how the pink flowers pop but still creates an soft, elegant looking bouquet. You did a great job!

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