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So far this year florist to the stars Nick Priestley has designed Royal wedding flowers, spring bouquets and sweet centre pieces, but now he’s going back to basics.
Foam flower arrangements are incredibly popular and stylish, and you don’t have to be a florist or an art expert to make your own. With just a vase, some select plants and a chunk of foam, anyone can make an incredible display.
Nick visitd The Hour to show off his DIY method for making a foam flower arrangement fit for any home.
Starting off, he explained: “Shape the foam so that it fits in the vase and then shave the edges off the top so that you’ve got more surface area to work with.
“Leave a gap in the side of the vase to pour water in.”
One of the major advantages of foam over soil or a normal vase is that it can hold water for an extended period of time. In fact, most foam blocks can hold their full weight in water so there is no need to re-soak constantly.
Most DIY and craft stores will sell foam for flower arrangements and some major garden stores are starting to stock blocks of it.
As for what foliage to put inside your arrangement, Nick suggests mixing big with small:
“I’d use big bold tropical leaves. Cut at an angle and pierce into the foam.
“You can sort out a framework with the big leaves then put flowers in the centre. I’d put little leaves put around base and the side too.”
Lastly are the flowers themselves; the focal point of any arrangement. Remember to use bright colours and put taller flowers at the back so as not to overshadow smaller foliage.
If you’d like to learn more about floristry, visit Nick’s website…