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Making Your Own Flower Arrangements

Jan 3, 2008
How we marvel at a minute reproduction of anything. Greater yet is our wonder at a tiny copy of something which has life in its every swirl of a miniature leaf or a bending branch no longer than the first two joints of your index finger; a flower arrangement.

In creating a miniature flower arrangement we must remember that the fundamentals of design are not altered. Every detail is in its correct proportions; from the vase to the tiniest bud. The size should range from 4" to 6" (including the vase which should not be more than 2" in height) and all the rules of balance, color, line and form which would apply to a standard size arrangement, should apply to your miniature. Width and height depend upon the form of the container and the type of plant material being used.

The search for plant material and containers with which to create your designs will give you endless hours of interest and enjoyment. You will find plant materials among the commonest weeds and country wild flowers. Antique and curio shops offer a world of vases and miniature accessories from which to choose.

The Arrangement

Prepare your container to hold the plant material, in either of the following ways. Arranging the foliage foundation properly at the base of your container will hold the flowers in place. Soft clay or puffed up tissue paper may also be used for the same purpose. Keep in mind that the area in which you are working is very small. If you overstuff it you will have a difficult time arranging the plant material.

In beginning your arrangement, ask yourself what material will give you the height, the focal point, and the foliage foundation. After selecting your material, start your design. Your plant materials and container should not detract from each other. They should complement, balance and harmonize in line, color and form. A colorful glass coaster will set off your creation if chosen carefully to blend or contrast pleasingly.

Suggestions For Plant Material

Autumn brings to the fields and woodlands, a host of dried materials in the form of plants turning to seed, drying leaves and branches and drying grasses. Here you will find an abundance of color, and texture for novel miniature arrangements.

Some other suggestions are;
For Line---Pine needles - Sweet clover - Wild grasses - Maiden hair fern - Foliage leaves - Dainty branches -
For Form---Sweetheart roses - Geranium buds - Ageratum (pink and blue) - Petunias (small growth & variety) - Violets
Dwarf marigolds &zinnias - Begonias - Tiny daisies
Bachelor buttons - The flowers of spirea - Feverfew
Some Suggestions For Novel Containers
Toy dishes - Interesting lipstick tubes - Perfume bottles - Small cosmetic jars - ash trays.

Where to Place Your Finished Miniature Arrangements

The proper setting if possible, should be at eye level. The mantel and shelves make excellent displaying nooks. Shadow boxes thoughtfully placed on the wall, complete with miniature accessories, will offer the opportunity to change arrangements to taste. Indirect lighting will accent the setting. Three dimensional proportion is most important to the successful creation of your miniature flower arrangements.
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