How to Make a Floral Foam Arrangement

A floral foam display is ideal if you want to create a low, compact design or a defined shape on a larger scale. Learn how to create the rounded or graduated contours that characterizes these arrangements, here.

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Fill Obvious Gaps

If you use a variety of spray-shaped flower, cut off the shorter stems to use as individual blooms. Insert them into any obvious gaps in the arrangement.

Short Stem Flower ArrangementEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Drain and Mist the Arrangement

Turn the arrangement around one last time to check for any gaps or visible foam, and fill or cover them with a stem of foliage.

Give the flowers and foliage a good misting with a hand mister. Before putting the display in position, tilt it over a kitchen sink to allow excess water to drain away, then dry the base of the container; this is especially important if you intend to hang a floral foam display as a pew end, for example.

To prolong the life of the flowers, the foam must be kept moist: every 3-4 days, sit the arrangement on the draining board of the kitchen sink and gently pour a jug of water over it. Then mist the flowers and foliage again.

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Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011

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