19 August, 2011

Carly's Tips: Working With Floral Foam

A note from Carly:
I hate using foam and try to avoid it whenever possible. It's toxic, bad for the environment, and bad to inhale. I only use it when absolutely necessary to create a particular arrangement style that's complicated. I look forward to the day when there is a substitute. Until then, I mostly use minimal tape or take time to structure the arrangement carefully without foam. I suggest only using this on occasions when there is no other way to construct it. 

Almost all floral designers use floral foam, it's a fast way to help you position your flowers exactly where you want them. It's cheap, easy to store, and you can pick it up at your local arts and crafts store. 
If you're new to using it, here are some helpful tips that you should know: 

1. It's not a good idea to push the foam under water as it's soaking, it can cause air pockets. This will leave spaces where the foam isn't soaked and any flowers you put there will be left without water.

2. You can add some water to floral foam each day just like you would add water to a vase. It will help your foam from drying out.

3. Cut foam after it's soaked. If you do it before, there will be particles flying everywhere due to it crumbling. Be sure to measure how much floral foam you will need before you cut. This will save you time from having to cut again and from wasting foam. 


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