How to Design A Stunning Floral Arrangement Using A Floral Pillow

Last Updated on November 3, 2022

Floral pillows are an eco-friendly way to create awesome floral designs without floral foam. Learn how to use them here.

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Designing Without Using Floral Foam? Try Using A Floral Pillow Instead.

I was recently asked how to design a floral arrangement without floral foam. I answered that a floral pillow would be my go-to choice, either using chicken wire or a lightweight plastic cage.

The floral pillow is not a new design mechanic. Chicken wire floral pillows were used long before floral foam was introduced in the early 1950s.

Although I learned to design using floral foam, I also learned how to design using chicken wire pillows as the base mechanic. We still use them in the shop today.

The new floral pillow is a plastic cage inspired by the chicken wire pillow. It offers a way to securely arrange flowers without floral foam, making it more eco-friendly to design on-trend freeform flower arrangements. The 6″ Holly Heider-Chapple floral pillow is pictured here.


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How Do You Use a Flower Pillow?

If you have never used a floral pillow before, this short video will show you how easy it is to design using one.

I think you’ll like it, especially if you want to improve your floral design skills. Go and check it out.


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Easy to see why floral pillows are so popular with many of today’s floral designers. This beautiful Flemish-inspired arrangement certainly looked great in this large urn, and the floral pillow was the perfect armature for securely holding the large selection of flowers used without the use of floral foam.

Floral designers have been using chicken wire pillows for as long as I can remember. The new plastic floral pillow mechanic is the result of a collaboration between Syndicate Sales and Holly Chapple, the popular wedding and event designer whose compote arrangements were the inspiration behind the development of this line of floral mechanics.

The Advantages Of Designing Using a Floral Pillow

The biggest advantage is that a floral pillow gives you an alternative to foam. You are designing directly in water and not relying on floral foam as your water source. The pillows snap together quickly, are super easy to work with, and save prep time.

They are available in 3 sizes, 4″, 6″, and 8″ diameters, so they rest on the vase rims of most standard floral vases and containers. They can be attached with waterproof floral tape or Uglu dashes, depending on the type of container used.

And the best part of using a floral pillow is that it can be reused repeatedly. Clean it up afterward, and it will be ready to go. So it’s not only fast and easy to use but also very cost-effective.

So, are you ready to get started designing a floral arrangement like this?

Here’s Where to Find the Flowers and Floral Supplies You’ll Need

If you’re creating a single arrangement, I recommend buying the flowers from a florist locally. You might pay a little more per flower, but you usually won’t have to buy by the bunch.

Most of the flowers used in this arrangement, including Vendela roses, dill, fatsia, grasses, ruscus, malus, cymbidium, lisianthus, waxflower, and skimmia, are usually available. If your florist does not have any of these flowers in stock, they can suggest suitable alternatives.

You can purchase them at sites like GlobalRose, FlowerExplosion and BloomsbytheBox. These sites offer much better pricing, especially if you need more flowers for a wedding or event.

Several other online sources look pretty good, but the three I mentioned are the only ones I have any experience using.

The floral supplies that were used, like the waterproof floral tape and Uglu dashes can be found over at Amazon.

If you want to incorporate a few silk blooms, you can find an outstanding selection online at NearlyNatural and at many craft sites such as Michaels and Hobby Lobby, or by ordering them through your local florist.

One quick bit of advice, if I may. I always recommend adding some fresh greenery if you use silk flowers, as it will keep your arrangement looking more lifelike.

Let Me Tell You About My Floral Background

My name is Greg Johnson, and I am a professional floral designer and the owner of Greenfield Flower Shop in Milwaukee for more than 40 years. I’ve worked in all areas of floral design, from everyday occasions to large-scale weddings and events.

I started this site to pass along some of my experience with the idea that it would benefit others who are also passionate about flowers and floral design.

But I do want to be clear about one thing. I’m also a businessman, so I recognize a good opportunity when I see one. 

If it’s in my power to create an awesome site that others like and I can monetize it too, I don’t feel bad about it.

I’m a pretty straightforward person, if you couldn’t tell. But please hear me loud and clear…

I’m not here to sell anything.

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If that sounds good, then don’t be a stranger. Make this site one that you return to!

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