How to arrange altar flowers

Written by b. ellen von oostenburg
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Altar flower arrangements should be in keeping not only with the architecture but with its interior tones and colours. Both natural and artificial flowers may be used in altar flower arrangements. Natural flowers include cut flowers, leaves and sprigs of ferns. If you use artificial flowers, they should be of the highest quality. Potted plants in soil as a rule are not used. The best altar flower arrangements are bold and yet simple. In other words, clear cut because they are mostly viewed from a distance. There are three distinct shapes of altar flower arrangements.

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Things you need

  • Flowers
  • Vases
  • Knife
  • Florist foam
  • Water

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    How To Create a Massed Triangle Arrangement

  1. 1

    Create a massed triangle arrangement by placing a tall flower stalk dead centre in the vase. Take two identical flower stalks cutting them identical lengths and place them horizontally on each side of the vase--visualise an open fan.

  2. 2

    Fill in with flowers between the horizontal flower stalks and the centre vertical stalk. Place deep, intensely coloured flowers in the centre low to the vase. Directly behind this grouping add taller stalks of lighter coloured flowers or create a fan using leaves.

  3. 3

    A massed triangle arrangement works well for small vases set on the altar.

    How To Create A Massed Oval Arrangement

  1. 1

    Gather the core flowers for this arrangement and position them low in the vase. Take other flowers with longer stalks and radiate them out from the core flowers all the way around the mouth of the vase.

  2. 2

    Create breadth, height and depth with this altar arrangement. Chose a bulbous shaped vase or one with undulating contours to best complement this floral arrangement.

  3. 3

    A massed oval arrangement is well suited to churches with curved interior contours such as oval arches.

    How To Create A Massed Vertical Arrangement

  1. 1

    Select a tall vase for this arrangement and vertical stalks of flowers such as delphiniums.

  2. 2

    Add secondary flowers such as daffodils varying their lengths. Start setting them lower to the vase to begin with and then slowly add those stalks of daffodils longer in length. This will emphasise the verticals of the entire arrangement.

  3. 3

    A massed vertical arrangement is best suited for Gothic architecture which emphasises straight up and down linear lines.

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