No Floral Foam? Try Using A Floral Pillow
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I recently was asked how I would design a floral arrangement without using 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 actually a plastic cage inspired by the chicken wire pillow. It offers a way to securely arrange flowers without using floral foam, making it a more eco-friendly way to design on-trend freeform flower arrangements. The 6″ Holly Heider-Chapple floral pillow is pictured here.
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.
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
Obviously, the biggest advantage is that a floral pillow gives you an alternative to foam. You are designing directly in water, and not having to rely on floral foam as your water source. The pillows snap together quickly, are super easy to work with and do 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 again and again. Simply clean it up afterward and it will be ready to go. So it’s not only fast and easy to use but is also very cost-effective as well.
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 just 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, skimmia, are usually available. If your florist does not have any of these flowers in stock, they can suggest suitable alternatives to use.
You can purchase them at sites like GlobalRose, FiftyFlowers and BloomsbytheBox. These sites generally offer much better pricing, especially if you need a larger number of flowers for a wedding or event.
There are several other online sources that look pretty good too, but the three I mentioned are the only ones that I have any experience using.
The floral supplies that were used 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. If you are using silk flowers, I always recommend adding some fresh greenery if possible, as it will keep your arrangement looking more lifelike.
Let Me Tell You About My Floral Background
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