- October 11, 2016
How often do you take the time to try out new floristry techniques and design styles? If you’re tired of hand-tieds and craving something new, but don’t have the time or budget to splash out on exotic plant material or build complicated structures, you might be surprised to hear that Country Baskets can help.
Not just there for stocking up on essentials, at Country Baskets you’ll find a whole wealth of ideas and items to get your creative juices going. What’s more, their in-house florist-come-Creative Development Manager Tracy Rowbottom, who’s been in floristry all her life, has created some gorgeous and unusual designs for florists to be inspired by.
This piece goes back to nature with a focus on raw materials and no cellophane in sight; the perfect way to showcase your skills to customers, proving there’s much more to buying flowers than basic bouquets.
Tracy explains, “This structured arrangement is actually very simple to construct, but relies on a balance of textures, shape and colour to create a unique and impactful design. What’s great is that the structure can be re-used to achieve lots of different effects, placed on different bases and filled with lots of different materials.”
Dates for your Diary! Lots more inspiration can be found at Country Baskets demonstrations happening in all stores on 16th October and 13th November. Contact your local branch to find out more.
You will need
- some poplar bark (item code 22439PB) at £2.79 bundle
- a pack of acrylic test tubes (item code 45–00001) at £8.99 x 100
- a selection of fresh or artificial flowers and foliages
- You can also use a bowl for the base or opt to have the design free standing
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1. Choose three sturdy straight pieces of poplar bark for the stilts and set aside for now.
2. Break the remaining pieces of bark into similar lengths (approx 16-18cms), they don’t need to be exactly the same and don’t worry about being neat as the broken edges add to the finished effect.
3. Create a firm centre to the structure by gluing several pieces (6–8) of bark together, with the bark side facing out in a parallel arrangement. Take care not to make the top and bottom edges too uniform.
4. Add in the first two test tubes by gluing them to the bark core. Make sure the test tubes are not visible above or below the bark pieces.
5. Continue adding in bark pieces and test tubes, working outwards until you’ve nearly reached your desired size. When you have only one row of bark to go, add in the longer pieces of bark that you set aside earlier to create stilts, ensuring that the bottom of the bark pieces are level so that piece will balance.
6. If you have chosen to stand your piece in a bowl, decorate the bowl to match and fill it will decorative stones.
7. Fill test tubes with water and add fresh flowers. Here I’ve used Amaranthus Ca Cycloop, Cosmos Black Beauty, Phytolacca, Blue Berry Roses and Tricyrtis. Take care not to hide too much of the bark structure with your flowers, it’s important that the materials and textures work together for maximum impact and one does not overpower the other.
8. To finish, place a small selection of flowers in the bowl under the design, but keep them low to maintain the space between the top and bottom elements of the design.
Article created in collaboration with Country Baskets