It’s Wreath Time!
Inspiration for a Twist on the Fall Wreath
This month’s inspiration comes from a friend of Kit’s who wanted to learn how to make a wreath using foraged foliage, seedpods and grasses. In a private lesson at our studio, Kit showed her friend Heidi which materials will dry well and what other flowers to use that are already in a dried state to add to wreaths.
We are seeing a lot more decoration going on starting in early October with a fall focus. So, what better time than to go for a hike and pick out some found items to transform them into a beautiful wreath?
Flower Duet is offering three wreath-making classes in December that will be focused on a variety of pine and evergreen foliage. We’ll also focus on how to create garlands so these classes will be all-in-one holiday decorating workshops!
DIY Air Plant Holiday Wreath: How To Instructions
Create your own Tillandsia wreath as holiday décor, a new ornament option or gift idea!
Flower Duet has been creating a lot of fun arrangements using Air Plants (Tillandsia). Kit had an idea to create a living wreath with some aluminum wire. Locally-grown air plants from Torrance, a few miles from our studio, make a perfect gift for the holidays. Here are the how-to instructions to make your own living wreath!
Supplies List for DIY Living Wreath
All of these floral supplies can be purchased online or at your local wholesale dealer. Some items may be at your craft store, too!
- 24–30 inches of Aluminum Floral Wire
- 3–4 yards of Boullion Wire
- 2 clumps of Reindeer Moss
- Floral Cutters
- 1 yard of 1/2 inch wide Organza Ribbon
- 1–3 Tillandsia Plants — Purchase directly from growers or your local nursery (including Home Depot!)
The finished wreath can be hung using a decorative organza ribbon or velvet ribbon for the holidays.
From Rainforest Flora Inc. “The most secure way to water the plants indoors is to submerge them for a twelve hour period in “good” water, that is, water that is low in dissolved solids and salts. Rain water and bottled drinking water are the best. When the plants are under water for this length of time they have enough water availability for a long enough period of time to completely rehydrate. A soaking in this manner should suffice for ten days to two weeks in average conditions.”
Foraging for Wreath Materials
2018 Floral Design Classes Announced
Flower Duet’s lineup for 2018 is here. Mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing you! If you want to learn a specific skill or technique, we offer private lessons for one person, or you can cater a class to your own group!
Flower Duet’s Floral Design Classes at our South Bay Studio in Torrance[/box_header]
Saturday Workshop Dates with Optional Tour of the LA Flower District available same Day:
January 20, 2018 – Winter Ice Floral Design Workshop
February 24, 2018 – Hot Tulips Workshop
March 24, 2018 – Emeralds and Diamonds Floral Workshop
April 21, 2018 – Simply Sumptuous Ranunculus Design Workshop
May 19, 2018 – Amazing Anemones Floral Design Class
June 2, 2018 – Citrus & Florals Workshop
July 21, 2018 – Color Summer Extravaganza Floral Design Workshop
August 11, 2018 – Alaskan Peonies Flower Workshop
September 26, 2018 – Fifth Season Flowers Workshop
October 13, 2018 – Flower Pumpkins & Succulent Pumpkins Class
November 17, 2018 – Autumn Branches and Berries Floral Workshop
December 8, 2018 – Hand-Made Wreaths and Garlands Class
Wednesday Night Wedding Series Workshops:
January 24, 2018 – Bouquet & Boutonniere
February 28, 2018 – Wedding Centerpieces & Table Accents
May 23, 2018 – Bouquet & Boutonniere
June 13, 2018 – Wedding Centerpieces & Table Accents
September 26, 2018 – Bouquet & Boutonniere
October 24, 2018 – Wedding Centerpieces & Table Accents
Floral Design Book Recommendation: In Full Flower: Inspired by Floral’s New Creatives
by Gemma Ingalls and Andrew Ingalls
Looking for a coffee table book for a Christmas gift for a flower-loving friend? Here is one for the modern age! In Full Flower: Inspired by Floral’s New Creatives is a great pick for the modern floral art lover. We love that it embraces the designers who love greenery and a playful symmetry. This is for the new floral designer and the newly inspired, too! Enjoy!
“In Full Flower is a compilation of a new wave in contemporary floral design, featuring artists who combine traditional techniques with an organic, free-form, “back-to-nature” style. The opposite of buttoned-up and manicured arrangements, this survey includes over twenty of the most celebrated and influential artists across the United States who are rewriting the rules of floral design.
In Full Flower is the first overview of artists working in this aesthetic. Gorgeous photographs depict the artists’ process as well as final designs, captured both as still lifes and environments. In addition, the wanderlust-inducing gardens and inspired interiors exhibit both rustic and urban eco-chic—simple luxury living embodied by these artists that all homeowners will appreciate.
With over 300 original color images and short writing on each artists’ inspirations and philosophies, this spectacularly inspiring floral survey will be treasured by lovers of beautiful flowers and interiors alike.”
Floral Design Tool: Cardette Holder
Cardette holders are traditionally made from a sturdy clear plastic that look like funny forks.
They are a floral tool designed to stick easily into an arrangement made from foam or a vase, in which a card is placed for the recipient of the delivered flowers.
We do a few special deliveries to offices and homes, so these are a good tool to have on hand at our studio, but we like to use a few special kind of unique “cardette holders” for our clients and students!
We are teaching a lot of classes and it can be challenging to keep track of who did each arrangement. We often supply a card holder so each student is able to label his or her design.
Two twists on an old theme
The natural “twist” of a cardette holder Kit found at Floral Supply Syndicate on Wall Street in Los Angeles are bamboo card holders. These offer a fun and organic look to floral designs to hold the card.
Another modern “twist” for a cardette holder is from a friend in the floral trade, Kate Daniel of Stems in Palos Verdes Estates. She is a truly talented designer with a fantastic floral stall and uses aluminum floral wire to design her own unique cardette holders.
There are lots of wires to use for cardette holders! We have a large collection of wire at our studio. A good choice to start would be to get gold and silver. They would be nice neutral colors.
You can purchase wires and cardette holders from most floral supply stores or online.