Rittners School Of Floral Design
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Fall Arrangement #2

In the floral field we are blessed with a wide assortment of containers and bases. The container used in this floral design is definitely a novelty unit. It looks like a football. The football motif can be used quite effectively for ANY floral design intended for the football fanatic. It can also be for a birthday or Father's Day if Dad loves the sport.

The primary reason we are showing it here as a seasonal design is that typically people think of the fall as a time for football games and great rivalries between traditional football foes. We hope you enjoy learning this one, as much as we did presenting it.

What You Will Need

  • Novelty Container
  • Baker Fern
  • Cattails
  • Pom Pons
  • Miniature Carnations
  • Foam
  • Statice or other filler

  • Start with your base. Place foam securely in place. Add three cattails as shown in the photograph. These create the height to your design. Use daisy poms to create the overall shape. Several are used at the top. Three go out towards the lower left side of the design and one to the right at the base. Add a few flower buds for contrast and interest.

    Be sure to add some foliage. In this case we are using baker fern or leather leaf. We are placing it now, for as we add more flowers to this design, it will become increasingly more difficult to get the foliage into place at the baseline.

    This design is definitely meant to be viewed from one direction. This allows us to concentrate greater value, and provide more visual impact on the side from which this design will be viewed.

    Now that we've achieved the outermost parameters of this design, let's concentrate on ways to gradually fill in towards the center. Notice two clusters of pom pons one to the left of the cattails, and one to the right, linking the center section of the design with the left and right. A single pom pon is placed right at the base towards the front.

    Place a few larger pom pons in through the center of the design. Leave enough space to be able to add another flower for contrast.

    Start at the top of the design and add red miniature carnations as shown in the photograph. The red minis provide visual impact and contrast with the yellow poms.

    Add a few more red miniature carnations in through the center of the design, and along both the left and right sides of the design towards the baseline. Finally add a few pieces of statice as a filler for interest.

    The overall effect of this design is very attractive without being overly expensive. The combination of colors and the efficiency of line definitely contribute to the viewing pleasure of this design.

    One last thought....although we are featuring a football motif, you can also find containers shaped like baseballs, soccer balls, golf balls, etc. so that you can really come up with some neat designs for all kinds of sports enthusiasts.

    We hope that you really enjoyed this brief floral design lesson. At Rittners School of Floral Design in Boston we provide floral design instruction that includes a wide range of different styles and techniques. Please come and take one of our hands-on workshop programs!!

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