Floral Arrangement 101

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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
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  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.6 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
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(1,429 votes)

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
  • Take Poll: Floral Arrangement Course
  • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: 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
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Tools and Tricks of the Trade

In order to do a job properly, you need the right tools. 36 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Floral Design Tools; Floral Tools
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 37 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video A
  • Lesson 4 Video B : The Most Used Flowers in Floral Design
  • Review Article: Creative Containers
  • Take Poll: Containers
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 36 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video A
  • Lesson 5 Video B : How to Make a Low Centerpiece Using a Hogarth Style
  • Review 2 Articles: Extending Cut Flower Life; Flower Meanings
  • Take Poll: Flowers
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Advantages of Silk Flowers; Real vs. Silk for Weddings
  • Complete Assignment: To Silk or Not to Silk?
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 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
  • Review Article: Flower Arranging Tips
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 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
  • Review Article: How to Make a Hand Tied Wedding Bouquet
  • Review Video: Hand Tied Bouquets
  • Complete Assignment: What Do You Think?
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video A
  • Lesson 9 Video B : Large Scale Design Featuring White Lilacs
  • Review Article: Flower Arranging Guide
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: 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 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
  • Review Article: A Ball of Flowers
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Wedding Flowers Part II

Making the personal flowers for a wedding is very much an artistic endeavor. 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
  • Review Article: Making a Floral Garland Headpiece
  • Take Poll: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Assignment: Final Thoughts
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam
  • Complete: 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, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Floral Arrangement 101
Course Number: 8900305
Course Requirements: View Course Requirements
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (1,429 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To (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
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $60.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $85.00

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Student Testimonials

  • "LOVED the class overall!!!" -- Linda C.
  • "All it was really good." -- Fatina T.
  • "Perfect...I enjoyed it so much." -- Dorothy M.
  • "I learned new techniques and enjoyed learning some history in the floral trade." -- Pennie T.
  • "The assignments were most helpful. Having to actually do something hands on after finishing the lesson was very helpful." -- Kelly F.