If you follow Mandy Moore on Instagram, chances are you saw this stunning pic from her wedding day. Or perhaps you swooned over the Insta pics shared by Hunker fave, Bri Emery of Designlovefest during her nuptials. One thing these two ladies had in common: the flowers. Oh, those flowers! We fell in love and immediately sought out their florist, Felisa Funes, founder and floral artist behind Of the Flowers. She joined us at Hunker House where she put her creative genius on display and showed us how to make an inspiring floral arrangement.
Before you begin, Funes says to "visualize the look you want to create depending on the nature of the occasion and the feeling you want for the home." For this centerpiece, we wanted to make a structure using spring plants, such as varieties of allium and foxglove. And because it's spring inspired, we wanted it to look a little bit overgrown, just like a flower garden coming into bloom. Of course, you can make a similar arrangement throughout the year using whichever flowers are in season. (We recommend visiting your local farmers market for a seasonal selection.)
For this DIY we used these seasonal plants and flowers: old man's beard (Clematis vitalba), purple Allium schubertii, almond blossom branches, snake grass, grass, 'Dalmatian peach' foxglove, dahlia, and purple sweet pea.
Step 1: Create the Foundation
To help arrange your flowers, create a foundation, or base, within the vase. You can make a cage out of chicken wire by simply rolling the wire into a ball and placing it at the bottom of the vase. Another option is to create a grid at the rim of the vase using tape ... or simply use floral foam, which is what we used for this project.
Step 2: Add the Greens
Add the greenery, which will serve as the skeleton for the piece.
Step 3: Add the Flowers
To draw the eye in, arrange the flowers at various height levels. Otherwise, if everything is the same height, the arrangement will feel flat. Give your plants room to stand out.
Ready to put on display!