Rittners School Of Floral Design
In Boston Presents....
How To Make A
Mound Vase Arrangement
The mound arrangement is one of the most popular floral designs made in
flower shops today. It is popular because it is big, showy and
colorful!! Floral designers like it because it is quick and easy to do
and because it is well accepted . This is a traditional style of floral
designing using alot of flowers and giving great value.
What You Will Need
1/2 block of foam
10-12 red carnations
5 orange carnations
2 or 3 pink carnations
1/2-1 bunch of pompons
1/2 bunch of white miniature carnations
1/2 bunch of purple miniature carnations
We start this design
by placing one half block of foam into a container. The base that we
are using is a utility dish, meaning an inexpensive container. However,
you can use any container that you'd like. Cover the base with your
foliage. In this case we are using baker fern, which is a very popular
green. Notice that the baker fern is extended out around the base in a
circular pattern. It is then placed up higher on the sides and top of
the foam, creating a "moundy" shape even before flowers are placed.
Next we place some of our flowers into the foam. In this design we
are using carnations. Carnations are a very good keeping flower. They
are easy to work with and are available in a wide range of colors. They
fill space well and are easy on your budget. Perhaps this is why they
are one of the most widely traded flowers in the world! Starting at the
top of the design we place a single flower. Then a circle of flowers in
the center, and a circle of flowers around the base. Keep in mind that
although you are looking at this design from one side, it is a piece
meant to be viewed from all sides.
After placing the
red carnations, let's get a little variety! Randomly place your orange
and pink carnations throughout the design. You can really place them
just about anywhere!! Just keep in mind that you are making a round,
When you finish with your carnations, take your poms and start to
distribute them throughout the design. Poms are a great flower for they
also last well. Because they have many flowers to the stem, you can get
great coverage with them. Cut off individual flowers from the stems and
place them, starting at the top of the design, working down towards the
In this photograph
you get a pretty good idea of how the poms look as we bring them down
towards the container. We are placing them on all sides of the design.
Next let's add some of our miniature carnations. In this particular
design we are using both white and purple minis. Miniature carnations
come in a variety of colors. They are a good lasting flower, and have
multiple flowers on a stem.
The white miniature carnations are
placed throughout the design. What appeared rather empty in the past
few photos now really seems to be gaining form and substance. Can you
see the mound really taking shape? Good......We're making great
progress on this design. Not much more to go!
In this photograph
you can see the addition of the purple miniature carnations. Several
are peeking directly out at us from center front of the design (as we
look at it). We could stop the design at this point. On the other hand
if you would like to create a little variety in texture and shape,
consider the use of a filler material. "Filler" flowers include small
flowers such as the Statice used in this design. Statice comes in
purple, bluish, white and red violet. A few pieces tucked in here and
there complete this floral creation.
The mound vase arrangement can be used for any occasion.
It is a nice gift idea.
We can change the contents depending upon the occasion and the budget.
For example making this design for St. Patrick's Day we might use white
and green carnations and miniature carnations. For Valentine's Day we
would use red and pink flowers, including some roses. For a Christmas
design we could use evergreen foliages, and add cones and Christmas
ornaments. Of course if we wanted to make this a very expensive design
we could incorporate such flowers as roses, lilies, and spray orchids.
The colors that we chose to use today were deliberately bright. However
this design can be stylized with colors that will blend in with just
about any taste or decor.
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. Please come and take one of our hands-on
Rittners Floral Education Center
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