Creating Composite Flowers Like A Pro Is Easy – Here’s How
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Brides today are always looking for different ways to make their wedding bouquets stand out. They want their bouquet to be unique.
Sometimes simply thinking a little “outside the box” will help you maximize the impact of your wedding bouquet.
In this video, floral designer J Schwanke offers suggestions about how to effectively use “mass bouquets” in your wedding, and also demonstrates the construction of a composite flower, a technique used to maximize the impact of a single flower in your wedding bouquet.
If you ever tried making composite flowers by wiring and taping, you know what a painstaking and delicate process it is. With the use of today’s floral glue, it’s become so much easier, even for less experienced floral designers.
Tips for Creating Composite Flowers
If you are thinking of constructing a composite flower yourself to use as your bouquet or a component of your wedding bouquet, they are not difficult to do with a little practice. Here’s a couple of quick tips:
- Choose flowers with larger petals, like roses for example, because petal size makes them easier and faster to work with.
My personal favorite for composite flowers is gladiolas because they have hearty flower petals and hold up well after they are assembled. but as you saw in the video, many different types of flowers can be used. I’ve made composite flowers using cymbidiums, lilies, and even gardenias!
- Use a floral cold glue like Oasis® Floral Adhesive, which is made especially for use with fresh flowers
Avoid using hot melt adhesives, as they can damage the petals and do not hold well if refrigerated.
- If you have not worked with floral adhesives before, spend a little time practicing beforehand. My early experiences with floral cold glue did not always go well. Be sure to read and follow the directions on the label, especially regarding cleanup.
These are probably the biggest mistakes most people make when it comes to DIY floral design. Not following product directions and not practicing or making a few samples beforehand.
If you do it right, you will be able to create composite flowers you’ll be proud to say you did yourself.
I’m the owner of Greenfield Flower Shop in Milwaukee, with more than 40 years of experience in the floral, wedding, and event business.