today we’re going to show you how to make a standing spray arrangement this arrangement might look very complicated but actually it’s quite simple to do once you have all the necessary tools ,so here today we have a metal standing spray holder some pre-moistened Oasis ,a plastic container for the Oasis some floral tape some scissors and all the necessary instruments as well as about a dozen roses .Also a assortment of flowers like lilies and spider mums and aspidistra ,we also have two varieties of orchids we have some gladiolas for length we have a bit of fill of flowers such as spider mums and some aspidistra ,and an assortment of greenery that we are going to use to assemble this arrangement.
To begin we’re going to wrap our pre-moistened oasis in a plastic bag this is great because it’ll prevent water from seeping out of your arrangement , it will keep your flowers hydrated for longer so this is an essential step if you want to preserve the longevity of your arrangement also this is helpful to avoid any unnecessary spills.
You will be able to poke the stems through the plastic then you’re going to put the pre-moistened oasis in the plastic bag into your container , the next step is to make sure that the Oasis is firmly secured in the container. You will want to make sure you do this diligently because this will ensure that if the arrangement Falls or by any reason it is shaken or anything the flowers will not come out and they will stay firmly placed inside the container, so we create a bit of a t-shaped cross pattern and then we secure the tape one more time by taking the floral tape and going around the container and this will ensure that any of the loose pieces are even more secured .
Then we’re going to prepare pieces of wire so we take some thick wire and we wrap it in floral tape and this will go through you will have to thread this through the back of your container , this will ensure that the arrangement is additionally secured so we’re going to use floral tape so we simply wrap some thick wire with floral tape and the floral tape will keep it from being too prickly or from sliding and we’ll also add a little layer of thickness making sure that it’s firmly placed on the stand.
So here we are securing the container on the stand with the two pieces of wire that we have just created and we are wrapping it through the back of the stand and this will keep it once again very firm so that it does not collapse so when you are creating your standing spray arrangement, it is essential to start at the top and work through the center of the arrangement and not at the bottom
if you start with the bottom of the arrangement it will become very heavy and it will likely collapse starting at the top will give you a better sense of the dimension and the spatial depth that you’re looking to achieve as well as avoiding any of the flowers creating too disproportionate a weight , collapsing so here we are starting with some lilies and when you are putting your flowers at the back of the arrangement
Try to create a slight lean so what your flower stem should be doing is slightly leaning backwards and this will open up the arrangement but also ensure that the weight is being proportionately distributed so take your stems and create a fan-like effect kind of like your open palm so you want to create a very robust dimension and then proceed by filling out the flowers in the pattern that you so wish trimming down the stems as necessary so that they are not too short and not too long, so you have to ensure that the stems are touching the water contained in the Oasis and so that they are firmly planted in the Oasis so that they do not fall out
here I’m taking some orchids it’s a really good idea to place your fancy or more expensive flowers at the center of the arrangement because that is the focal point so you do not want these fancy flowers to be tucked away somewhere, when they’re not visible so you want them at the very center of your arrangement so that they catch the eye once you have placed those flowers there you can continue with assembling their other flowers
So here we are using roses we are using roses in this instance to place them at the sides of the arrangement to create a bit of a roadmap for the width we are attempting to achieve in the size and the dimension ,we are trying to achieve and this is very helpful to use as a guideline for where you want the other flowers to go as you’re assembling it so by placing about two stems one stem on each side will allow you to get a sense of what look you’re going for so you want the flowers leaning a little bit facing forward for when you’re creating this dimension so you wanted to have a full-frontal look to it and then you can carry on assembling the flowers
You would want to put the fuller flowers in the center so that they fill up the gap so you do not have to rely on too much greenery for when it comes time to fill in the gaps, here we are using spider mums because they’re very full and they allow you to achieve this look quite easily but all in all you are creating a fanning out effect so you want the flowers to be spraying in all of the directions you don’t have to be too concerned about perfect symmetry ,sometimes you can follow the grouping method where you have certain colors or certain types of flowers in one area of the arrangement other colors other types in this different area or you can have a mix so you can have a color pattern that you’re trying to achieve
For example yellow and white as you see here and what we are doing is we are mixing these colors together in a proportionate way as you see the fuller flowers are placed at the front so that they up more space spatially you can also use full filler flowers here we are using aspidistra and these are used in accordance to your color scheme and you can use these to fill in the spaces between the flowers so you can either use a speedy straw you can use baby’s breath and you can use it to fill in the gaps and place them behind or in front or in-between any area that needs to be closed here we are placing them at the back to fill in the spaces between the roses and as you see that this helps create both volume and it helps create a depth
When you are done filling in the filler flowers you can prepare a waterproof ribbon to put at the center of your arrangement we use waterproof polypropylene ribbon and this is especially useful because not only does the ribbon help prop up and boost the flower stems at the center therefore adding an extra layer of support you can use the waterproof ribbon to write a message or if you are writing from who the arrangement is from you can put family names on it as well so it is very easy to write a message on this ribbon and all you would need is a permanent marker to do this as the ribbon is fairly hospitable
I should say to writing with a marker and it will not bleed as it would on a cloth ribbon so it’s a fairly simple process so you’re going to prepare your ribbon my ribbon is approximately 35 centimeters in diameter but this can vary from arrangement to arrangement you might want a smaller ribbon you might want a bigger ribbon this this is entirely subjective and up to you and depending on the size of your arrangement and how much space you want to fill up once the ribbon is done and it is proportionate to the rest of your arrangement you can simply cut the ribbon and create streamers again the streamers are relatively subjective depending on how long you want your streamers to be
then you take a piece of wire and you secure your ribbon and you will attach it to the bottom of your arrangement once again offering an extra layer of support for your flowers and you can leave the streamers dangling below with the message if you are looking to write a message the final step is to fill in the bottom and of course the greenery so we’re going to use gladiolus and some orchids today but we are going to start with the palm leaves and why we’re starting with the leaves is you want the leaves to be in place before you put the flowers in so you can trim your palm leaves and we usually do because the tips of the palm leaves tend to dry out fairly quickly
You want to get rid of those and make sure that it’s all uniform but also trimming your palm these allows you to achieve the desired length of your standing spray so you can have shorter pieces and longer pieces depending on where you are placing your palm leaves in your arrangement and what sort of lengths you wish to achieve and the reason we put the palm leaves in first is when you start to put your flowers in you do not want the stems to collide and crush each other or snap off inside of the arrangement so putting the palm leaves in gives you a little bit of security there since you’re not likely to have the stems break if you were to put a palm leaf in after you have already placed a more soft perhaps orchid stem it can break it off so it’s a good idea to do that first and then once that bit that once that is finished you can place your orchids into the arrangement in a cascading fashion
Finally we are putting in the thicker stems of the gladiolus Gladio is typically reserved for licence it is a the heavier stem and the thicker stem so you want to have these gladiolus placed in once you have already assembled to the rest of the flowers and this will create an even and supportive weight distribution that will not cause your arrangement to topple forward continue assembling your flowers taking the palm leaves and placing them behind your arrangement
once again this is where trimming the leaves is very helpful because you can have shorter pieces or medium length pieces on the top of your arrangement and along the sides of your arrangement we’re using palm leaves but you can really have an option of what leaves you can choose you can use rasca s– you can use a variety of evergreen leaves as long as they are filling and they’re long and variant in length
You can virtually use any type of greenery that you desire palm leaves to simply occupy more space and dimension so they’re very ideal for using fewer stems to achieve a very full effect but as you can see we’re using a bit of evergreens here as well but this is entirely up to you and we are placing these leaves on the sides and on the top to create the dimensions we are looking to achieve this is the final product ,as you can see it looks like a lot of work but it’s fairly easy