Online Class: Floral Arrangement 101

In this class you are going to learn the basics of floral arranging, from the basic tools you will need, to how to prepare for a big event and be able to pull it off.

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Course Description

Floral arranging is much more than simply putting a bunch of flowers into a vase and filling it with water. Learning the basics of floral arranging will help you  put together a simple vase of flowers so that it looks elegant, professional and classy. In this course you are going to learn the fundamentals of floral arranging, from the basic tools you will need, to how to prepare for a big event and be able to pull it off with confidence.

In this course you will learn the elements and principles of design, how to use the flowers and foliage available to you in your area, and the mechanics of arranging flowers in vases, in floral foam arrangements, and as hand-held bouquets. You will learn how to create the classic flat bouquet and hand-tied posies, as well as bouquets that are arranged in a variety of containers, such as baskets, boxes, and bags.

Stop thinking that there are difficult rules about creating beautiful floral arrangements.  Learn to trust your own vision while you are creating a floral work of art. Flowers are meant to be enjoyed--by you and by people who love to receive them.  Once you complete this course you will have the ability and confidence to create floral arrangements for all types of events, from a Mother's Day tea party to a simple and elegant wedding.

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  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1: History

The way we arrange flowers today has very deep roots in the history of the world. There are two distinct schools of thought when it comes to floral arrangements. 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Floral Arrangement Course; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: The Elements of Design

This lesson will discuss the elements of design: Form, Texture, Space, Color, Types of Arrangements 36 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video A
  • Lesson 2 Video B : Floral Design Basic Supplies
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Tools and Tricks of the Trade

In order to do a job properly, you need the right tools. Additional lesson topics: Floral Design Tools; Floral Tools 36 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Containers

We'll talk about ways to design arrangements in a traditional manner, and then we'll discuss other ways of displaying flowers that are less than traditional. Additional lesson topics: Creative Containers 37 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video A
  • Lesson 4 Video B : The Most Used Flowers in Floral Design
  • Lesson discussions: Containers
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Flowers

If you are planning on creating floral arrangements for a large event, such as a wedding, you will want to have a good wholesale supplier on your side. They are a font of knowledge. They know when flowers are available and from where. Additional lesson topics: Extending Cut Flower Life; Flower Meanings 36 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video A
  • Lesson 5 Video B : How to Make a Low Centerpiece Using a Hogarth Style
  • Lesson discussions: Flowers
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Silk or Real?

There are some instances when real flowers are not the best choice. Some people need flowers that will stand up to a longer period of time. Additional lesson topics: Advantages of Silk Flowers; Real vs. Silk for Weddings 136 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video A
  • Lesson 6 Video B : Three Classic Bouquets: One Dozen Roses Designed in Three Different Ways
  • Lesson 6 Video C : 12 Roses in a Fan Shape
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: To Silk or Not to Silk?
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Basic Flower Arranging Techniques

Arranging flowers does take a little bit of artistic ability. But, more than that, it takes some knowledge of what goes into creating a basic floral design that is visually appealing and will last for as long as possible. Additional lesson topics: Flower Arranging Tips 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video A
  • Lesson 7 Video B : Two Demonstrations: Large Cheerful Hand Tied Bouquet and Quick and Easy One-Sided Vertical Arrangement
  • Lesson 7 Video C : How to Create a Topiary Style Arrangement
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Flowers as Gifts

Learning to put together a hand-tied bouquet is the most basic and most well-known form of flower arranging there is. Additional lesson topics: Hand Tied Bouquets; How to Make a Hand Tied Wedding Bouquet 134 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video A
  • Lesson 8 Video B : Cheerful Round Basket Arrangement
  • Lesson 8 Video C : Triangle Tribute/Altar Style Arrangement and How to Create a Florist's Bow
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: What Do You Think?
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Flowers for the Home

Studies have been done that indicate people relax more, have reduced stress, even lower blood pressure when they look at beautiful things from nature, such as a bouquet of flowers. Additional lesson topics: Flower Arranging Guide 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video A
  • Lesson 9 Video B : Large Scale Design Featuring White Lilacs
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Wedding Flowers Part I

If you are just starting out in your career and you wish to get involved in arranging flowers for weddings, find someone who is currently working in that field and offer to help, to assist, or apprentice. You will learn a great deal that you can apply to Additional lesson topics: A Ball of Flowers 32 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video A
  • Lesson 10 Video B : Special Event Centerpiece/Table Arrangement Featuring Lily of the Valley
  • Lesson 10 Video C : Headpiece Appropriate for Bride, Bride's Maid or Flower Girl
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Wedding Flowers Part II

Making the personal flowers for a wedding is very much an artistic endeavor. Additional lesson topics: Making a Floral Garland Headpiece 184 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video A
  • Lesson 11 Video B : Basic Corsage Technique Featuring Sweetheart Roses and Daisies
  • Lesson 11 Video C : Bridal Bouquet - Centerpiece
  • Lesson 11 Video D : Bridal Bouquet - Matching Corsage and Boutonniere
  • Lesson discussions: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Final Thoughts
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize the history of floral arrangement.
  • Summarize the elements of design in floral arrangement.
  • Identify tools and tricks of the trade.
  • Demonstrate container use in floral arrangement.
  • Demonstrate basic flow arrangement techniques and styles.
  • Determine what to use silk or real flowers when setting an arrangement.
  • Demonstrate techniques for arranging wedding flowers.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Floral Arrangement 101
Course Number: 8900305
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (1,581 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: December 2022
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Nancy Fillip
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "I loved this course! It was my favorite class this year and I certainly have learned so much and grown in my floral journey!" -- Elita W.
  • "I am so proud of this course because it showed how to prepare a perfect flower arrangement for any occasion." -- Rose D.
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