London and West Country floral designer Helen Edwards’ design style reflects an English garden, an herbaceous border. There is always a natural, relaxed and elegant abundance in her designs.
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We have noticed a very beautiful trend on instagram – the increasing regularity of the appearance of flower curtains. They are particularly popular at weddings, but are also popping up in interiors made with silk flowers, and so we asked florist, Helen Edwards just how do you go about making one?
How to Create a Flower Curtain
Flower curtains are usually many metres long. If you choose to create one as a back drop for a wall, free hanging surrounding the inside of a marque or railings, GCSE maths will be a useful asset!
Firstly, consider the colour and variety of flowers you may like to use.
Choose flowers/foliage of different lengths, e.g. long delphiniums, short roses or peonies, tulips, stocks, short/long eucalyptus. The flowers will be out of water, so consider those that stay fresher.
Measure the circumference of where you wish the curtain to hang, plus a little to allow for adjustments if needed.
Find a pole or thick rope, approx. 35cm diameter, length no longer than 2 – 2.5m. This allows for the pole not to bend with the weight of flowers/foliage.
If the pole is bought natural coloured, aesthetically, it looks better to paint it a green shade.
Having chosen your flowers/foliage there are options to the finished look:
- All flowers to measure the same length stems.
- Varying lengths of stems.
- All one colour, or combination of two colours, or tones of one colour, multi coloured etc
- Based on the following design: different lengths and similar flower tones.
From this point work in 1m lengths … easier on the maths!!
Calculate how dense you wish the flowers to look when hung. e.g. a 1m length may need 12 different flowers/foliage hanging. Consider the length of stem to prevent people colliding with the curtain when walking underneath!
Create the look – for example: one long delphinium, one rose (varying height), bunch of daisies, long foliage, short peony etc
At this stage, to make it easy, calculate how many metres you need to cover flowers/foliage around the entire circumference. Multiply each variety per 1m length, allowing for each to be bought in different quantities from wholesalers e.g delphiniums are bought in bunches of 5, roses 10, tulips 50. When buying always allow 20% to be added to price quoted.
The pole lengths will now, in reality, be measured 2 -2.5m lengths before hanging. It takes way too long to attach in 1m lengths.
Attach the pole/rope to a frame using cable ties. Then add each flower/foliage to the pole/rope by wiring each stem with thin wire, then attach to the pole. Ladders are a great thing, and a work out in the gym on shoulder strength!
Stand back and admire.
For more inspiration you can follow Helen on instagram @thevelvetdaisy. Any questions, if you need some help please call Helen on 07790 692 221