How To Design a Crescent Floral Arrangement

You often see basic floral arrangements where flowers are arranged in a circular fashion, in horizontal or in a pyramid style, but are mostly bunched together in a vase, urn or basket. These are arrangements that are easy to create and can be done in a hurry. It would be a welcome sight to see some special floral arrangements that look very beautiful and elegant such as the asymmetrical arrangements like ikebana and the more contemporary crescent styles. These are styles that use fewer flowers and greens and rely on the visual balance that is created by the rhythm and flow of the arrangement. Below are steps on how to design a crescent floral arrangement.

  • This type of arrangement got its name from the crescent moon. It is also called the C-shaped style and can be arranged using a tall or shallow vase.
  • Choose the flowers and the greenery that you are going to use. You may have to use floral wire to make the stems of the secondary flowers and greenery that make up the crescent flexible. Choose the right flowers to go on the crook of the crescent. You can use several medium sized flowers for the focal point or use one to three large blooms with smaller ones. You can also use one main color and a contrasting or complementary colors for the flowers the will form the focal point of the crescent arrangement.
  • Choose the vase that you will use for the flower arrangement. Fill this with a piece of water-soaked floral foam. This should fit snugly to hold the flowers in place.
  • Wind floral wire along the length of the stems of the flowers or greenery that you will be using for the long and short end of the crescent. Arrange them on the floral foam, making sure that the “C” shape is formed and well-balanced. Bend the stems until you have can achieve a good crescent shape.
  • Cut the stems of the focal flowers fairly short. Place these flowers in the crook of the crescent. Do not bunch the flowers in one location. Give a bit of distance between each flower head. Fill the gaps with tiny filler flowers like baby’s breath and fine needle leaves or short stems of beargrass.
  • Add a few small filler blooms around the focal flowers and up along the curve of the C-shape. The filler flowers should not veer away from the crescent and should follow the curved line with a few tapering ends hanging from the side.
  • View your arrangement from both sides to make sure that you have balance and depth especially if the arrangement will be placed in the center table where people will have a view of it from all angles.
  • You do not have to use just a regular upright “C”. You can also invert the “C” to make the arrangement a little different. This inverted “C” style is suitable for wedding arrangements.

Make sure that the natural curve of the C shape is visible when you arrange the flowers. Choose flowers and greenery with tapering ends to form the upper and lower portions of the “C”. Ensure that balance is achieved as you continue to add to your arrangement. Secure the curved stems firmly on the floral foam. You can also anchor the foam to the sides of the vase to make sure that this will not loosen and topple the crescent arrangement.


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