Rittners School Of Floral Design
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Fun With Flower Hats-4

In the past few Flower Hat lessons, we have been creating a section or sections of flowers and then attaching them to the hat base.

Through the various examples provided, we've noticed the impact that can be achieved by changing such variables as the specific placement of the floral section on the hat, the size of the floral components and the color and choice of materials. Any of these can have wide ranging consequences to the overall visual impact of the design.

Let's take this in another direction in this lesson.

What You Will Need

  • Hat base
  • Approximately Six Carnations
  • Spray Roses
  • Filler flowers
  • Ribbon
  • Wire and Floraltape
  • glue

    Up till now we incorporated our floral section in component sections.

    This time, let's create a circle of flowers and place it around the rim of the hat. Notice this creates a totally different effect then the earlier application of a cluster or clusters.

    We thought it might be more fun to play with a slightly different hat, and to use live flowers instead of permanents.

    Let's look at the same design, but this time from a different angle.


    There is a very different look when one creates florals that will encircle the rim of the hat.

    Note that we are alternating carnations, spray roses and filler material. The overall effect is rather rich looking. A bow adds additional drama and impact.

    Obviously when constructed with live materials this design would be stylized for a special occasion, and will look good for a limited period of time. The trade off is that live materials give a fresh and dynamic feel to the design, that I believe, only living floral materials can really accomplish.

    You may of course also stylize this with permanent botanicals for a longer lasting floral design.

    Construction of the floral part of this hat is a bit more intricate than in the other hat examples, but certainly worth the effort.

    One of two general approaches can be used.

    We could simply glue the flowers on the hat, starting at the one end and gradually working lengthwise, varying the materials.

    Alternatively, this design can be constructed on a wire infrastructure with one flower attached, then the next one, and so forth. The entire unit can then be either glued or wired/tied to the hat.

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

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