Floral Design -- Not Just Flower Arranging

Flowers from the market, garden, and supply houses become memorable gifts for friends or profit.
4.5 (13 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.
91 students enrolled
Sale Ends Today!
40% off
Take This Course
  • Lectures 30
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
    30 day money back guarantee!
    Available on iOS and Android
    Certificate of Completion
Wishlisted Wishlist

How taking a course works


Find online courses made by experts from around the world.


Take your courses with you and learn anywhere, anytime.


Learn and practice real-world skills and achieve your goals.

About This Course

Published 11/2014 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • up-and-coming floral artists
  • creative kindred spirits
  • gardeners who like to share the love

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome!

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

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.

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.

Checkpoint challenge
Section 2: Tools of the Trade

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.

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


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.

Section Summary
3 questions

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

Section 3: Color is a Science. Color choices are driven by emotion.
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.
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.

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

Section Summary
3 questions

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

Section 4: Balance and Perspective: Visual Mass, Physical Weight and Placement
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.
Section Summary
4 questions

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

Section 5: Memorable arrangements contain 4 floral styles
Learn about the way these 4 floral elements combine to create unified displays.
Guide to flower styles
4 questions

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

Section 6: Containers: An integral Part of Your Story
Kitchen crockery, baskets, galoshes, and vases
3 questions

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

Checkpoint challenge
Section 7: Supplementals

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.

Recognizing too much of a good thing
5 pages
Section Summary
4 questions

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

Section 8: The Secret Sauce: Personalization

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.

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.
Important information for growing your business
5 questions

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

Section 9: What have you learned?
6 questions

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.

Checkpoint challenge
16 pages
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!
Section 10: BONUS! Inspirational ideas people love...
14 pages

This presentation contains numerous samples to inspire your own creations

4 questions

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

Top 10 Floral Design Tips
Section 11: Credits
Special Thanks To:

Students Who Viewed This Course Also Viewed

  • Loading
  • Loading
  • Loading

Instructor Biography

Sandy McVey, 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.

Ready to start learning?
Take This Course