Create an Apple Blossom Flower Arrangement

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Preparing the Container

Welcome to VisiHow. In today's tutorial, we will show you how to create an apple blossom flower arrangement. This is an elegant centerpiece or table arrangement using crabapple blossoms, strawberry flowers, vinca or periwinkle vine and snowball viburnum. We will create our arrangement in a crystal compote dish. This is part one of our four-part tutorial, in which we prepare the container.

Steps

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    Get a container. Ours is a crystal compote dish, small enough to work for a small centerpiece, maybe for a tea party or something fun like that.
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    Get some floral foam and a cutting tool. Our foam is OASIS.
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    Place the foam in the container and assess the fit. We want ours to go all the way to the bottom, but right now, it only goes about halfway in.
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    Make some cuts to the floral foam to adjust its fit in the container. We will start by cutting off each corner to round them a bit.
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    Save the scraps. Even small scraps can be reused in other arrangements.
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    Place the foam back in the container to check the fit. Ours is fitting much better, sitting right on the bottom.
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    Decide how high the foam should be. We want ours to come above the rim of the container, because we want to have a lot of flowers and greens extending up and flowing over and down. This height will help us achieve that.
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    Slide the cutting tool along the floral foam to create a line that will act as a guide for the cut.
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    Place the foam on a flat surface that is safe for cutting on, and cut the foam along the guideline.
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    Place the foam in the container once more to check the new fit. We like the height and how well it is sitting in the bottom of the container. However, we need more leverage on the sides.
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    Cut some extra floral foam to add to the container if needed for stability.
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    Add the extra foam to the container. Snap or cut anything that is sticking out. This is an inexact science. We just want to make sure that this is in there really well, and isn't going to slide around. Remember to save the scraps. They are useful in other kinds of containers, such as for a funeral arrangement. We will cut even more foam and create a few more wedges. We want this nice and tight.
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    Soak the foam.
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    Using floral tape, tape the foam down in the container. We will tape right over it, from one side of the container to the other.
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    Keep taping. We are using clear floral tape. Green floral tape would be fine too, but since our container is a clear glass, we think that the clear tape will be a better choice.
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    Pick up the container and shake it gently. Make sure nothing is moving and that everything is firm and solid. This is really important. In fact, we are going to add one more strip of tape. We don't want anything falling out one we've put it in. However, we don't want to go overboard either. We don't want to take up too much of the space with tape, because we need exposed foam to put the flowers and greens in.
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    This concludes part one of our tutorial on creating an apple blossom flower arrangement. Now that we have prepared the container, we are ready for part two, where we begin to add flowers and greens. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.
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Video: Create an Apple Blossom Flower Arrangement Preparing the Container

Add the First Flowers and Greens

Welcome to VisiHow. This is part two of a four-part tutorial, in which we show you how to create an apple blossom flower arrangement. In part one, we prepared our container. In this section, we will begin to add flowers and greens.

Steps

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    Hold up some greens to start assessing where they will be placed. We want to make sure that some of our greens trail down. We want this to be an all-around arrangement. These work well in the center of a table, and look nice from any angle.
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    Begin breaking the greens up into smaller sections. These sections will be placed into the arrangement. We will start with the leaves of the bleeding heart. They're fantastic.
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    Give the stem a fresh cut right before placing it. We will do this for every stem we place throughout this tutorial.
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    Press the stem into the floral foam.
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    Continue cutting stems and placing greenery into the foam. Turn the container as we work. We want the stems to be cut pretty cleanly so that they will press into the foam easily. Once something is placed, try to leave it where it is. If we pull it out and re-place it, we risk creating an air pocket that a stem might meet and be unable to drink from.
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    Place the greenery around the foam in a circle. Remember, this is an all-around arrangement. This is one of the reasons that we cut our floral foam to come out of the top of the container, so we can give the illusion that things are cascading downward. Our stems are a little bit soft, which can sometimes be a challenge.
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    Gather a second type of green. We have some strawberry leaves that we're going to add. They're really awesome.
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    Use the same technique. Cut each stem right before pressing it into the floral foam. Turn the arrangement as we work to identify bare spots that could use greenery. Allow the leaves to hang down, as this is what they would do in nature.
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    Once satisfied, gather the "star" flower. In our case, it's the apple blossom.
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    Decide on the placement. We are going to place it vertically, so that it sits up above everything else. It has a woody stem, so we're going to use clippers instead of the knife to trim the stem.
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    Place the apple blossom into the floral foam.
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    Turn the arrangement. We need to make sure that whoever is on the other side of the table gets to see the beautiful apple blossoms as well.
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    Add more apple blossom if needed, to ensure that the arrangement looks good from any angle. The apple blossom is the star of the show in this arrangement. We've placed them on top, but they can be seen all around.
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    This concludes part two of our tutorial on how to create an apple blossom flower arrangement. In part three, we will add more flowers and foliage to create a fuller look. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comments section.
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Video: Create an Apple Blossom Flower Arrangement Add the First Flowers and Greens

Add Accent Flowers

Welcome to VisiHow. In this tutorial, we show you how to create a beautiful apple blossom flower arrangement. This is part three of four, in which we add our accent flowers, including periwinkle and strawberry flowers.

Steps

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    Get the first accent flower. We have a really great vinca vine.
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    Cut the stem right before placing. Repeat this step for every item placed.
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    Push the stem into the floral foam. We are starting to fill in spaces where something needs to be.
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    Turn the arrangement and look for areas that need something. We will find holes and bare areas, and areas where the floral foam is showing, or that need more color.
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    Try to represent each color from each viewing angle. On the whole, we try to stick with just a few colors in an arrangement. That way, things don't look too crazy. It keeps a more graceful look. This is also a bit more natural. A lot of times, things grow or bloom with just a few kinds or a few colors at a time. All of the flowers we are using are currently in bloom.
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    Add an accent flower to the top. This will help us create a fuller look, without overpowering our apple blossom.
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    Get a second accent flower. We will use strawberry flowers.
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    Clip each stem before placing the flower. Place them where there aren't any flowers represented.
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    Discard any flowers that are wilting or damaged. We are using a small glass for this purpose.
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    Keep turning the arrangement and assessing it. We want a full look, and it is definitely filling out.
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    Identify any spots that need flowers. At this point, we can add any flower we've used so far. We're going to add some more apple blossom.
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    Clip the apple blossom into smaller sections. These can be used separately throughout the arrangement to give it a round look.
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    Place the apple blossom around the arrangement. Look for spots that have less apple blossom than other spots. We've also noticed a few greens that will need replacing. Our arrangement is out in the sun, which can cause issues.
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    Add more accent flowers as needed. We will add some more strawberry flowers.
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    This concludes part three of our tutorial on creating an apple blossom flower arrangement. Join us in part four, where we add the final touches. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please leave them in the comments section below.
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Video: Create an Apple Blossom Flower Arrangement Add Accent Flowers

Final Touches

Welcome to VisiHow! In this tutorial, we are showing you how to create an apple blossom flower arrangement. This is part four of four, in which we add the final touches, including snowball viburnum. This arrangement is an all-around arrangement, which means that it looks great from any angle. No matter where someone is sitting at the table, they will be able to enjoy it.

Steps

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    Gather the snowball viburnum. Ours is not quite mature yet, but it's still super cute.
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    Clip the snowball viburnum into smaller sections.
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    Remember to give the stem a fresh clip before placing it. This helps the stem drink water from the soaked floral foam.
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    Find a spot that seems to need something and place some snowball viburnum.
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    Turn the arrangement and continue adding snowball viburnum. We're really down to where we're trying to cover up anything that we don't want viewers to see. Anything that isn't as cute as we want it to look needs to be covered up. That's what the snowball viburnum are doing in this arrangement. They're really nice greens, and they have the cute little snowball.
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    Keep looking for bare spots. We just found one, and we'll add some snowball viburnum there.
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    Keep an eye out for damaged or wilting items. Due to the heat that day, and the fact that we were working in direct sunlight for the filming, we had to replace a few of our greens. Don't be afraid to do this if anything begins to wilt. In addition, it's usually best to work with fresh floral materials in the shade.
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    Add extra water to the container when satisfied. We should also top up the water daily if possible.
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    Step back and admire the arrangement. We're finished!
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    This concludes our tutorial showing you how to create your own apple blossom flower arrangement. In this design, we used apple blossoms and leaves, vinca or periwinkle flowers and vines, and strawberry flowers and leaves. We also used snowball viburnum and leaves, as well as leaves from the bleeding heart plant. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this video, please leave them in the comments section below.
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Video: Create an Apple Blossom Flower Arrangement Final Touches

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