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4 March 2019

Celebrate National Floral Design Day

National Floral Design Day is observed annually on 28th February. It's about appreciating floral design as a unique and creative art form, whether it’s in a bouquet, painting or floral arrangement. It was created as a unique way to celebrate the birthday of Carl Rittner, the founder of the Rittners School of Floral Design in Boston over 60 years ago.

To join in the celebrations, why not try your hand at making your own basket flower arrangement. Our simple step-by-step guide will have you making beautiful arrangements in no time!

What you will need:

-          A container or basket (waterproof lined)

-          Floral foam

-          A sink full of cold water

-          An elastic band or florist tape

-          Secateurs or florist scissors

-          Flowers and foliage



1. Float the floral foam on the surface of a sink of water – do not force it under the water as this will create air-pockets:

Step 1

2. Once soaked – secure it within your container, either with an elastic band, as we have done, or florist tape:

Step 2

3. Start by creating a foliage outline, this should stem from a central focal point to ensure a pleasing shape. As you do this, you can establish the desired shape, width and height:

Step 3

4. Add main focal flowers to the top and around the sides:

Step 4

5. Add filler flowers in between, at different heights to add interest. Place some deep within the design to create depth:

Step 5

6. Add extra foliage to cover any exposed foam:

Step 6

7. Check your arrangement from every angle for evenness and foam coverage. Add any decorative touches such as bows, tags, etc and your arrangement is complete:

Step 7

8. Top up the container with water on a daily basis and your arrangement should last for around two weeks:

Step 8

A big thank you to our local florist from Abundiflora in Glastonbury for providing such a great step-by-step guide.

Have you made your own arrangement? We’d love to see it! Send your photos to creative@cosyfeet.com and we’ll share them on social media.