If you’ve always wanted to learn floristry but don’t know where to begin, don’t worry — we can help. Scroll down through Willow Crossley’s essential flower arranging supplies to learn which tools are best to invest in when starting out. To learn more about floristry, check out Willow Crossley’s online floristry course.

1. Secateurs

 

Willow’s favourite canary yellow secateurs are 18cm long and have seriously sharp Teflon coated carbon steel blades. The thermoplastic elastomer handles help make these scissors the most comfortable to use on the market! Buy them here.

 

2. Clippers

 

These handy mini snips are great to have in your flower arranging kit. Willow loves to use clippers on those last-minute touches at events, and for delicate arrangements when a finger is too clunky. With one quick snip they also make deadheading flowers incredibly easy, leaving a nice clean cut without the raggedy edges that can attract diseases and pests. Shop them here.

 

3. Foldable Saw

 

The foldable hand saw will soon become your best friend when dealing with errant branches and rugged areas in your garden. Willow prefers to use this floristry tool when she’s worried about damaging her secateurs. Shop her favourite set here.

 

4. Reel Wire

 

Reel wire is used for fine construction and wiring work in floristry. This is essential kit for wedding floristry, button holes, garlands, wreaths, corsages, and flower crowns.

 

5. Stub wire

 

Stub wire comes in a wider range of gauges than reel wire which makes it a useful tool to have when wiring flowers and garlands. You can also use it to wire-in decorations to your flower arrangements, from dried fruits and berries to Christmas baubles.

 

6. Mossing pins

 

Mossing pins, also known are German pins, are a strong ‘u’ shaped wire pin that are fantastic for applying moss to foam and fabric bases. Willow likes using mossing pins over Christmas time to stick flowers into wreaths and garlands for a seamless finish. Shop for mossing pins here.

 

7. Copper wire

 

Copper wire is another essential item in your floristry starter kit. This malleable wire is wonderful when making floral crowns for bridesmaids and festivals. It gives structure to your flower arrangement whilst being extremely pliable.

 

8. Cable ties

 

These not-so-glamorous cable ties are a helpful hand at events when winding flowers up marquee poles and other large structures.

 

9. Covered wire

 

Covered wire, also known as binding wire, is perfect for any floristry job. It’s made of a thin wire covered in string which makes it ideal for modelling and flower construction. Willow prefers to use covered wire when tying bouquets, in the garden and around the house!  Buy it here.

 

10. Fishing wire

 

You’ve probably guessed by now that wire is an indispensable part of floristry! The last wire on our list of flower arranging supplies is fishing wire. This useful tool is vital when creating hanging floral displays where the wire needs to be invisible. This can be found in any DIY shop, Amazon or eBay.

 

11. Tape measure

 

A must-have for any site visits before an event, a trusty tape measure will always come in handy for measuring marquees and spaces.

 

12. Pot tape

 

Pot tape is a florist essential; this waterproof florist tape is used for securing chicken wire down inside bowls, pots, and containers to provide a strong base for any floral arrangements. You can buy pot tape here. To see how Willow uses pot tape in her flower arrangements, watch her online floristry course.

 

13. Electrical tape

 

Electrical tape is Willow’s favourite hack when using candles at events. If the candles are too large or small for the holders then wrapping electrical tape around the bottom will fix them in place. Willow also often has masking tape to hand for emergencies when small things come unstuck from her arrangements!

 

14. Flower frogs

 

Flower frogs are hands own our favourite floristry tool. They’re an environmentally friendly, money saving alternative to oasis foam, often made from lead, pottery, glass or bronze. Flower frogs sit at the bottom of  bowls, vases or containers to hold even the trickiest flower arrangements firmly in place. Check out our Pinterest board for inspiration on how to use frogs.

 

15. Makeup brush

 

Willow likes to use a makeup brush to dust off pollen and debris from flower arrangements at events. A makeup brush is a good alternative to paint brushes as they have softer bristles.

 

16. Lighter or box of matches

 

Willow always has a lighter or matches in her floristry kit to use when lighting candles.

 

17. Flower vials

 

Reusable flower vials are wonderful for keeping flower arrangements fresh and hydrated when they’re not in vases. They come in a variety of sizes and allow you to get creative without being restricted by vase or container size.

 

18. Mister / spray bottle

 

Willow prefers to use a foldable sprayer to reduce space in her floristry kit bag, but any mister or spray bottle will do. Certain plants like hydrangeas drink through their petals so it’s important to keep a mister on hand to hydrate your arrangements.

 

19. Hessian ribbon

 

Hessian ribbon is wonderful for tying bouquets, chair covers and wedding flowers. Willow also loves to use velvet ribbon to add a more classic look for special events. You can find hessian ribbon here.

 

20. Chicken wire

 

Willow uses chicken wire on any flower arrangement that’s in an open container. It’s another brilliant alternative to oasis foam and works with any size of flowers. Watch Willow’s Guide to Floristry to see exactly how you can master making gorgeous flower arrangements with chicken wire.

What are your favourite tools to have in your flower arranging kit? Share with us in the comments below.

 

 

If you enjoyed the tips above then make sure to watch Willow Crossley’s online floristry course, and learn all of her expert knowledge, tips and tricks.

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