Flower arrangements can be created in various shapes, creating a vastly different look even when using the same type of flower. When making your own flower arrangements, start with a round shape, which is relatively simple to put together and is a classic floral design used in centerpieces and bouquets. With a few basic steps to get you started, you can make round flower arrangements that looks like you spent a fortune at the florist.
Select the flowers to use in your arrangement: primary, secondary and filler flowers. Primary flowers are the focal point of your arrangement and can include roses, daisies, lilies, tulips and carnations; you will need approximately one dozen, depending on the size of the arrangement. Secondary flowers are smaller and used to complement the primary flowers, and may include chrysanthemums, asters and straw flowers. Finally, choose filler flowers to fill in the gaps and hide any foam that may be showing; these include baby's breath, Queen Anne's lace and white peacock.
Cut off a bottom edge of the floral foam ball so it sits flat. Soak the foam in water for at least 10 minutes to completely saturate. Set aside on a dish drainer or a colander to let the excess water drain off before using, then place flat side down in the center of the fruit bowl.
Use greenery such as ferns to form a frame for the flowers in the arrangement. Insert the greenery into the sides of the foam so they are horizontal to the work surface and spaced about three inches apart, then insert one shorter stem of greenery in the center of the ball. Finally, insert greenery around the middle section of the ball, spacing stems about three inches apart.
Add the primary flowers in between the greenery. Keep the flowers taller toward the top of the arrangement and shorter down toward the bottom. When inserting the flowers into the foam, follow the shape of the ball until the bottom flowers are horizontal to the work surface.
Insert the secondary flowers randomly between the primary flowers. Keep the secondary flowers shorter than the primary flowers and use only half the amount of flowers as the primary ones. Finally, fill in with filler flowers to hide the foam and create fullness to the arrangement.