how to make a flower grid

How to make a flower gridThe flower grid is an essential part of the flower arranger’s kit and this step by step guide will show you how to make beautiful arrangements with a simple flower grid.

  • They’re brilliant for supporting delicate flower heads eg poppies, particularly the opium (somniferum) varieties and cherry or apple blossom
  • A small scale one is great for fine stemmed and flowered plants like snowdrops, wood anemones and aconites in early spring. I then lay a small grid over a cereal bowl, which is then transformed into a perfect vase.
  • It’s also perfect for flowers that don’t last well on a long stem eg Oriental hybrid hellebores, heavy-headed garden roses, Magnolias.
  • ... or for flowers that have a short stem eg cobaea scandens, pelargoniums eg April Hamilton’
  • ... and for huge headed things like the huge Parrot tulips eg Giant Parrot, horse chestnut flowers, sunflowers, amaryllis and dahlias, which work well almost flat.
  • It’s the best way of arranging trailing plants like Clematis montana ‘Alba’, wisteria and the more delicate flowering peas like Lathyrus chloranthus. You can then thread the stems through the grid of one shallow bowl and for a party link it into another and another, all the way down a long table at a party.

Watch Sarah create this simple arrangement, using a flower grid:

N.b. Always sear your stem ends before arranging. That will help the flowers last for as long as possible.

To make one, pick some straight hazel, cornus or willow branches, about the thickness of your little finger. You want fine stems for a small grid and chunkier twigs for a larger structure. Four stems to make a noughts and crosses grid.

Cut them long enough so that they overhang the container you will be using by about an inch on both sides. Lay them out in a noughts and crosses structure over the container. Tie the structure with a succession of reef knots all tied in the same direction, right over left, then left over right. Tied like this, the grid will fold away like a concertinaed wine rack, so it’s easy to store.

For delicate small flowers like snowdrops, put a bunch of several stems through each square. For larger scale flowers, just add one to each segment.