Floral Design -- Not Just Flower Arranging
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Floral Design -- Not Just Flower Arranging

Flowers from the market, garden, and supply houses become memorable gifts for friends or profit.
3.6 (23 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
127 students enrolled
Created by Sandy McVey
Last updated 4/2016
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 12 Articles
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn floral design basics: balance, scale, color, combination elements
  • Know how to prepare your arrangements for maximum freshness
  • Understand the importance of visual and physical balance
  • How to create whimsical designs suitable for all occasions
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  • assorted flowers: fresh/dried/artificial, greenery, and branches
  • sharp scissors and pruning snips
  • oasis, floral foam, floral tape
  • containers of choice: vases, cups, saucers, creamers, pitchers
  • supplementals: ribbons, floral picks, and personalized elements
  • hot tap water and mouthwash, used as a preservative and nutrient

Created for up-and-coming floral artists and anyone who enjoys playing with flowers, this course is packed with things you never knew about floral design. Sandy’s high energy and positive encouragement will leave you ready to explore the field of professional floral design. This course introduces the basic concepts of floral design in lectures targeted to illustrate the connection between many aspects including an array of tools of the trade, color combinations, and visual balance. Led by an instructor with a lifetime of experience and a knack for teaching, topics zone in on the key components that set floral design above mere flower arranging.

Each section includes a video or illustrated audio lecture to explain how the topic relates to the foundational instruction. Summary text, Checkpoint Challenges, and brief quizzes help make sure the big concepts stick as you begin applying your new skills. The discussion forum is a great place to exchange ideas with other burgeoning entrepreneurs. And Sandy is always responsive to messages sent from the class interface.

Savvy shoppers will appreciate the budget conscious recommendations for the array of tools professional designers use and where to find them. Insider quick-tips including flower preservation and scissor sharpening using products already in your home. Participants learn the importance of the dozens of choices made to create a single arrangement. Samples are effortlessly assembled before your eyes while essential information is presented regarding color, balance, containers, and supplementals.

Encouragement to "break the rules" and mix artificial with fresh florals to create memorable designs will anchor the course through inspirational examples. Insider industry secrets put you on the fast track to generating another stream of income or developing a new career path. Creative spirits looking for memorable floral gifts ideas for friends, family, or profit will find a wealth of information to spark success in this course.

Who is the target audience?
  • up-and-coming floral artists
  • creative kindred spirits
  • gardeners who like to share the love
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Curriculum For This Course
30 Lectures
4 Lectures 05:13

This brief introductions gives you an idea of how much useful information is packed into this course. I hope to meet you in the discussion forum! Sandy

Preview 01:42

Creative spirits looking for an outlet, avid gardeners interested in sharing their bounty, and entrepreneurs interested is growing a boutique business based on floral design will benefit from this course.
Preview 02:01

Floral design involves more than arranging a bouquet from the supermarket. This course will teach you how to make incredible creations from commonly available ingredients.

The difference between Floral Design and Flower Arranging

Checkpoint challenge
Tools of the Trade
5 Lectures 08:32

Here's a rundown of the staple supplies that you can find online through Amazon, or at your local hardware, craft, and dollar stores. If you're looking for something in particular, post a question to the discussion or email me.


Water temperature and nutritional supplements are crucial to extending the life of your design. The secret everyday ingredient is...MOUTHWASH.
Water and Additives

It's important to keep your cutting tools in peak condition. Here's an easy technique to keep your scissors sharp.

Scissor sharpening

Pin Frogs are metal, plastic, or ceramic discs with small vertical spikes. Used in the ichibana style of floral arranging, these useful devices help you perfectly set displays in teacups and shallow dishes as well.

Pin Frogs: silly name, extremely useful

Section Summary

Test yourself to determine if you remember the big ideas about floral design tools.

Let's review!
3 questions
Color is a Science. Color choices are driven by emotion.
4 Lectures 22:36
Just as our word choices often carry subtle meanings, the colors in our arrangements help express our sentiments. Learn how to express joy and condolence through color in this segment.
Emotional Expressions Through Color

Sometimes floral arrangements are part of an overall picture or event such as a wedding. Though drama can be created with the size of a design, sophistication is expressed through simple color palettes.
Monochromatic Colors Unify

Exploration of opposing color wheel combinations and more helpful tips are included in this section.

Complementary Colors Are... Well, Complimentary

Section Summary

Test yourself to determine if you remember the big ideas about how color impacts floral design.

Let's review!
3 questions
Balance and Perspective: Visual Mass, Physical Weight and Placement
2 Lectures 04:53
In this segment explore the importance of visual mass and learn some techniques to increase the eye-appeal of your creations. A vase of split water on the Beef Wellington isn’t what guests want to experience during an elegant dinner party. In this segment learn simple ways to ground your displays and avoid catastrophes.
Understanding Visual Mass and Physical Weight

Section Summary

Let's see if you understand the big ideas about balance and perspective.

Let's Review
4 questions
Memorable arrangements contain 4 floral styles
2 Lectures 06:18
Learn about the way these 4 floral elements combine to create unified displays.
Line, focal, mass, and filler elements

Guide to flower styles

How much do you remember about the 4 types of elements that are integral to memorable arrangements?

Let's Review
4 questions
Containers: An integral Part of Your Story
2 Lectures 02:01
Kitchen crockery, baskets, galoshes, and vases

Containers are an important part of your arrangements. Do you remember the important tips from this section?

Let's review!
3 questions

Checkpoint challenge
3 Lectures 05:41

Supplementals can add significant "wow" factor and enhance the impact of your floral displays. The trick is knowing when to stop so that your arrangement isn't overwhelmed by the additions.

Preview 04:27

Recognizing too much of a good thing
5 pages

Section Summary

Although this section is small there are a few key ideas about supplementals to take away.

Let's Review!
4 questions
The Secret Sauce: Personalization
3 Lectures 22:59

Now that you’ve learned the floral design basics, take charge and begin experimenting to develop your individual style. Mix fresh and artificial elements like I do. Fold origami accessories, or play with feathers, this is where the fun begins! Developing a signature style is the first step to becoming famous for your floral creations; in your own circle of friends or as a celebrity designer.

Preview 12:58

You’ve explored, developed, and want to take this to the next level. In this segment you’ll learn about marketing and branding tips to help make your passion turn a profit.
Career Opportunities

Important information for growing your business

What have you learned about the Secret Sauce of successful floral design?

Let's Review!
5 questions
What have you learned?
2 Lectures 00:05

Take this self assessment to make sure you remember the most important things. Remember, you've purchased this course and can review the sections most appealing to you as often as you'd like.

Final Quiz: The Big Take-Aways
6 questions

Checkpoint challenge

For sticking with me through this entire course, here's a special gift just for you! This downloadable file contains the content highlights from this entire course. I hope you find it a valuable reference on your floral design journey!
Congratulations! You completed this course!
16 pages
BONUS! Inspirational ideas people love...
2 Lectures 01:35

This presentation contains numerous samples to inspire your own creations

Bonus Lecture! Bottle art and more creative ideas
14 pages

Would you like more courses like this one?

Tell me what you'd like to learn and I'll pull together content from my virtually limitless supply to create a learning experience based on your interests.

Please vote on the topics below, chat with me in the discussion area, or send me an email. I'd like to hear from you.

Your Partner in Creativity ~ Sandy

What come next?
4 questions

Top 10 Floral Design Tips
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About the Instructor
Sandy McVey
3.6 Average rating
25 Reviews
132 Students
2 Courses
Computer Skill Developer & Professional Floral Designer

I love to teach and enjoy sharing the tips and techniques I've acquired over the years. As one person with two passions: computer skill development and floral design I enjoy applying creative concepts in an organized manner. I balance my instruction the same way, delivering key concepts through familiar analogies and example. Friends ask me how I manage to accomplish so much in a given day. I'm self-motivated -- just like you!

An educational technology consultant and computer skill developer by professional I've developed my knowledge and techniques over the past 15 years. As a Microsoft Office Certified Specialist teaching adult learners I am the often requested guide. I enjoy working with adults looking to improve their skill-set and understand how to target topics that directly support the competencies employers seek. I hope to meet you in "12 Microsoft Excel Examples."

Colleagues encouraged me share my floral design wisdom by developing an online course. Hence the creation of, "Floral Design -- Not Just Flower Arranging," in 2014.

Join my floral design course to learn core concepts to begin your floral design career. I believe that good designs are based on creativity, not budget, and encourage you to make every day a celebration. Floral creations are a natural, non-fattening, feel-good complement to any occasion. I'll show you ways to combine fresh flowers and greenery with silk floral accents and whimsical supplementals such as vegetables, fruits, ribbons, beads, and picture frames to accent life's special moments with your memorable gifts.

Floral design has long been my passion. I've collected an abundance of knowledge through classes, workshops, floral-focused events, and life experiences with my network of like-minded gardeners and designers. I was highly-honored to be selected the people's choice winner of the Container Garden Challenge at the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show.

I'm also continually learning and look forward to discussions that my udemy courses inspire.