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Flower Girl Baskets

Lesson 17 from: Create Wedding Flower Centerpieces and Bouquets

Kiana Underwood

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17. Flower Girl Baskets

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Flower Girl Baskets

So this is very simple like I just kind of came upon this one day when I was looking teo make a basket and I wanted something a little different than just a regular old basket but also something just simple enough to do and I found this ribbon that I thought would be really cute to use around the basket to kind of cover it from its normal look and also give it some girly look all right all you do I mean this is kind of isn't easy ribbon to use because it sticks to the basket really easy easily so all you would have to do is take it and start from the bottom and start rapping on covering all of your basket basically and I do it so that I give you just enough teo secure it without really even having to glue it or any of that just keep rapping I found this ribbon at joan's fabric I go there often because my kids have different projects and so when we're there um I come upon things that I don't normally think of not securing it actually but allow you to repurpose it for something to exactl...

y yes and to keep you from having a use glue guns and what not and then this is another easy part that you could just take it wrap it around the handle to cover the handle with it sort of makes a nice little roughly basket feminine in fact, we could use them both again. You could use it you could even use the ribbon again once you take it off here for some other purpose I just tied a little knot to keep it secure here and he could even leave this last bit in here and how's it going for the students get in there. Yeah! Wow that's so cool like rachel made her kind of tight tio okay, like it has more of a silk yours has more like I liketo got it. That is so sweet. I like how it's floral design as we're using tension. Yeah, security like tighter so normally if you wanted your flowers to last a long time, you could put you could, you know, put some put a little container in here and fill that with water, but considering that it's going to be held by a little girl, you don't want it to be too heavy and just kind of just not worry about really putting water in it or trying to save the flowers for a long time just, you know, fill it up with flowers and leaves and call it a day here I'm just going to start with some dusty miller we can start cleaning up with dusty miller a little bit and getting it ready like we have been doing for the past two days are we just separating of relief? No, we don't have to just take the ones that are dead we're not so attractive with dusty miller did this yesterday it's better to use the scissors rather than yeah it's a little bit easier for the dust to use the scissors with these because they're I don't know something about this sharper and so I just use the regular scissors for it just take some of these off and separate some of the ones that don't look very good but and then maybe separate a couple just so you can put it in between the flowers so that you don't have a huge bunch in the basket, so I'm just going to start playing around with it and see what looks good and place my dusty miller in there, so let me give you all some local I'm curious to know from the students here you guys often use baskets and your arrangements is this something that you've done before? Yeah, a couple times um for easter were using basket quite a bit and yeah, you could also we also use foils they have a forest soil that got waterproof side to it, which is actually helpful the line okay, you know what? That you put it as a liner and they just pulled up with water too helpful if you wanted to put water and so the low cloud is pretty heavy, which is why I didn't want to use water inside the baskets anyway, so we'll take some of these leaves off, maybe clean up the local auto little I didn't do that this morning. Looks like some stuff on it goes along with peaking things from your backyard. You bring you some little insects with you guys better, teo, perhaps in a in a low quat scenario hobby rinse it with a garden hoe. Yeah, and rinse it a little bit, but it doesn't get rid of all the bad stuff like that. Well, this is like, I don't know what this is. It must be a nest of some sort of insect, but I did really set, yeah, that definitely helps. Um with not bringing all kinds of insects in, you basically stripped it down, teo. Unfortunately, the leaves are too big for me to keep them inside the basket, so I'm going to get rid of it. And since it's the's, the fruits and the round shape of these fruits that I really want and to show in my basket, then I'm going to take most of the leaves off and see if I can keep one in there, perhaps, but I'll try it if I don't like it, I'll take it off. I see on rachel on your branch you have some different sizes you have some that aren't ripe yet that air brake green how do we approach those pretty I would keep them why not if you have a different color and different size all of them so that's great and anything maybe if you can divide them to put him in different parts of the basket or just keep them all together just keep pick the leaves off yeah, well it's even a different texture exactly how the friends exactly I'm going to cut it and try to see if it looks good in here I know this won't look good keep this one in here and see how that looks I don't like the way it looks I'm just gonna them all off but more dusty miller and a smaller one maybe right next to it okay everybody's in a good pace here uh I got a little bit of this little ad to mine your favorite ex miles wonderful explosion grass for some sparkle it's kind of like arranging with dry flowers and then we can start putting some peonies in here you want to cut it short enough so that it's it's nicely within the basket that could certainly be an arraign a centerpiece yeah, I know that if you put water in it it will be just fine and then I have some roses here that all use you smell amazing I know that you mentioned that you don't want these baskets to become too heavy if they're going to be married by you. So what is your rule of thumb for the number of flowers roughly that you're tryingto fill it up till it's full enough that it looks good but not too much more than this and this is this is not bad right now still it's a little bit heavy on the side so I'm gonna add a little bit more flowers here just like in balance said it's hard for a little girl to try to balance as she walks down the aisle and when we say little girl, what what age range do you think this type of a basket is appropriate for? I feel like girls from four teo eight or nine would be considered flower girls and of course I've had people who have used baskets like this in their wedding as just the the arrangement you know instead of a bouquet they've used a basket like this which is also a good idea it's kind of different than your regular um bouquet for bridesmaid so then it's not so bad because you have ah and adult holding it and it won't be as bad as hard, but everyone seen that three year old coming down the aisle just getting used to walking on and love to throw things everywhere we fight adorable but I guess you have a judgment call that one has to make. You've got to keep in mind who was holding the basket for sure you don't want the flowers all over the place as she's walking down the basket on the floor. Put some more explosion here, little delivery to someone. Maybe that wasn't feeling well. A nice little little bad of flowers. Yeah, the basket looks great and it is kind of sturdy and it will stay in one place. It's a great way to transport your flower. We have a little bit of an empty space here, so I'll fill that up. We have some sage and our bucket. Is that something we can put in for? Sure if it still looks good, by all means, use it. This is our last segment. We can go to town on whatever I use it all. Is that all it worked out? Look what you have balance, huh? And this seems like, you know, it's just going by your feeling to are you keeping track of no, just filling in the spaces where I think that there should be a little something and I think I'm done, I don't want to fill it up too much more, maybe I'll play a little bit more grass here to keep that from getting too empty. This is a situation where I think most people who are looking at this arrangement probably looking at it from above, right especially if you have a tiny girl holding family above so and I want to make sure I'm going to even use a little bit of my, um wonderful store carnations here they smell so good they're so beautiful will be using these in our crowns a cz well, which would be a nice addition because she's going if she wears the crown that it will look nice together with her holding it in this basket too. Listen, I actually over the break we were talking about how beautiful these carnations are and they're unlike any carnations that we've seen are our smelled before they're amazing I love using them and these are again from the same source the flower mart these air from brandon st flours at the flower mart now we have an interesting question here from rene in the chat room. Now, do you have to arrange these any differently to maybe make them more durable just in case a flower girl could drop these orjust jostle them a bit? Is that a concern when you're putting these together? Well, it's pretty sturdy because they have each other to be supported by that'll hold up again? I don't want to put too many things in here in case she's you know they're younger and they're they're a little bit wobbly sometimes so um but yeah it's on the basket itself kind of helps because it's not, uh flat and slick in the bottom, it helps that the weave of the basket actually helps with with the securing of the stems how's everybody doing for me? I'm working in some of the green low quiet leaves to set off the dusty miller because I feel like it was getting lost in the pink and the white so e just say that's actually great point because chiana was just like, oh, hey, I'm done with it, but you can't actually put some parts to the side and then decide to re incorporate that back into the design exactly just in a different way yeah, I mean, I think that it's important to point out that if this basket had remained brown it's obviously a different color palette, but when you have it in white, you have to be careful not to overload too many late color actually you're getting I'm getting it, you're getting a for sure I've been learning a lot about my color palettes and that one really jumps out when you have those greens to break up the white and I'm done with mine maybe even walk around and radio are looking well, I like how you use your lilies? They're they're in lily's so pretty yeah, I love this thiss one looking pretty full yeah, maybe a little bit more here to balance that the offset this low kwan very cute I like this thank great how heavy this is good you might wanna have a little bit more here just yeah and that looks lovely it's not pretty when it opens up all the way yeah, so pretty and it looks like it's quite balanced. Yeah it's not too heavy. Very nice. Lovely and that what's beautiful is that how how long have we been at this? Not very long at all. It really does not take that much time. If you have some simple measures you just keep it simple. Yes, I mean and you have the right flowers exactly and bring your imagination exactly before you know it. Yeah, and you can again this could be used for any occasion really for a nice spring centerpiece or uh, mother's day basket for mom. Anything very pretty and it'll feel good too because the carnations smell really good now in terms of preparation since you said that you don't traditionally use water to help keep the life in the flower would the baskets in come last in the order of things humanely? Yes, they would be right before right after I make my boot near is basically those one still get some this would be right before I go to the wedding with the venue because it really needs to be and I would ask that they keep it somewhere cool and uh so day of essentially absolutely okay it's pretty simple I would make the baskets at a time with the ribbon and then the next day you know right before that I would drop everything else off I would put this together and now we see how you're able to do that yeah it really isn't that difficult of a challenge but I like to simplify things you don't need to be complicated to be beautiful so and that's my motto I think with what's kind of on trying this to dio like the rose petals like on either side of the aisle or in sort of predetermined shape and do not have sort of the erratic rose petal tosses of a little flower girl so you still get to incorporate them and have a beautiful flower I'll exactly and have and we do have a general comment just about the number of weddings that you take on per weekend renee wants to know no more than to just because I'm a one woman show usually yeah and anyway I like tio I like to enjoy creating I don't want to be like a machine so I don't take on very many at once and I would like to enjoy being with my children once in a while too and they're in their season where you're more busy than other season yes from now through november so what month are those that someone might be watching every month it's from now through november it's busy starts now let's see, we're in april I have a wedding next week then I have on three weddings in may umm june july especially in california it's wedding season and it goes through november because the weather is so beautiful in september, october and november and the variety that you could use for november weddings are just beautiful out of this world so much to so much to incorporate now and you try to incorporate different flowers of the season depending on when people are getting married? Absolutely. Last year I did a november wedding where I used um lots of fruits um persimmon chris simmons were all over the place and uh of course lots of branches and such foliage is so beautiful in the fall that you could do so much with it with us, especially with the color palette with them when their bright oh just go to town on all sorts of autumn colors then it's great. Yeah. So you guys feel pretty good about your baskets? Take a look. How about you want to bring them up on the table so you got no shot of all the baskets together let's see how you guys carry them flower girl the procession, yeah and the final comments from you, chiana, on how these air looking, they look amazing. We could maybe feel this a little bit. Put a little bit of grass, especially because they're short. The ones will bring them, but walk them down the aisle, the lincoln see very pretty.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this class. Instructions were clear and Kiana's work was beautiful. She gave excellent tips to simplify bouquet assembly. Based on this course, I created the bouquets for my daughter's wedding and they were a huge success.

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