The first step in creating beautiful floral arrangements isn’t gathering the flowers, although that’s the most fun part. Step one is putting together your toolbox. Here I’ve shared my most used tools.
I just want to reiterate that I’m not a professional floral designer. These tools are simply what I use on a regular bases as a hobbyist. Every designer, gardener, and floral enthusiast will have his or her own preferences. Some tools (like the floral clippers) I use every single time I arrange flowers, however, supplies like the floral putty are only needed on tricky arrangements.
I encourage you to try out many tools and find what works for you. Thankfully, most supplies are relatively inexpensive.
- Clay Brick (also known as floral putty): a waterproof sticky putty used to secure floral frogs on the bottom of vases.
- Assortment of Clippers: used to clip leaves and delicate flowers, as well as ribbons.
- Rubber Bands: used to secure bouquets and arrangements.
- Decorative Wrapped Wire: definitely optional, but it’s a great supply to use instead of ribbon to wrap your bouquet, also handy to have for boutonnieres.
- Flower Frogs: Secure them to the bottom of your container (with floral putty) and the ends of flowers stick nicely to the prongs which will provide you with a lot more control over a particularity unruly floral.
- Wire: a versatile tool that can be used for wrapping arrangements, providing more security to flimsy flowers, or even creating a base for a floral crown.
- Shears: great for getting rid of thorns and splitting branches or thick florals and foliage.
- Matches: used to sear the end of flowers to prevent the oozing of milky sap that damage other florals in the arrangement.
- Assortment of Ribbons: these are fun to collect! They’re used a make the final wrap around the bouquet for a pretty finished look.
- Heavy Duty Clippers: My most used tool. Used to cut the stems of flowers, especially helpful for thick woodsy foliage.
- Assortment of Floral Tape: They come in a variety of colours and sizes. I use clear tape for creating a grid on top of vases before I start arranging. Green tape can be used for floral crowns and to wrap around securing wire.