A couple months ago, I took a flower arranging class at a quaint little shop called Rose Red & Lavender in Williamsburg. The topic that evening was Ikebana — the art of minimalistic Japanese flower arranging. Flower arranging classes are a fun alternative bridal shower or bachelorette party, and Ikebana is an easy, inexpensive and beautiful method of diy’ing flowers so I thought I’d share a bit of what I learned!
There are so many interesting odds and ends around the store, including an absinthe section!
Ikebana uses natural elements like flowers, branches, and leaves to create interesting angles and spaces in an arrangement. This is an arrangement the instructor created using a tulip, a pussy willow, two branches, and a leaf.
This is a cool little arrangement the instructor created using a sunflower. She created a slit through the stem and threaded a leaf through it. Place everything in a floral frog and into a vessel, and you have a beautiful, minimalist arrangement in minutes.
This is an arrangement I created using 3 lilies, a pussy willow, a branch and a leaf. Using odd numbers of each element creates balance.
The items you need are simple — a vase, a floral frog, some rocks, water and your natural pieces for your arrangement.
I really enjoyed the class, as did my fellow attendees, and hope to continue pursuing Ikebana as a hobby. I will most definitely be going back for future classes! I’ll leave you with some Ikebana arrangements to inspire you!