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Design Tutorials

Welcome to the learning and educational section of the website.

Below you will find links to tutorials that cover design concepts such as scale and variations on a theme, pinning, clamping, making a posy, interpretation, working with glass, and how to gain inspiration.

These are a great reference point whether you are new or experienced in floral design. Make sure you check back to see new tutorials in the future.


AssemblageA Star - Hanging Design


A step by step guide by Janthia Holt, 2016 FASNZ Vice President and member of FASNZ Education Committee demonstrating 'A Star'.




A video guide by Janthia Holt, 2016 FASNZ Vice President and member of FASNZ Education Committee demonstrating an 'Assemblage' style of design.


Mixed MediaMixed Media Designing


A floral art mixed media design will include plant material. The plant material may be fresh, dried or processed. Fresh plant material should be selected for its good keeping qualities e.g. mature foliage, berries, fruit, succulents. Small phials may also be used.


Squaring the circleSquaring the Circle

(Education Committee 2015)

A video guide showing a design concept by Janthia Holt, 2015 FASNZ Vice President and member of FASNZ Education Committee, that was inspired by Mark Pampling of Australia.


Keeping RosesKeeping Roses in Hot Weather

(Education Committee 2015)

Many members may do this but for those who haven't and for new members you may find this interesting. When called upon to do wedding flowers when the temperature is hitting 30° plus and there are no cool places in the house to keep the flowers it can be very daunting.


Criss CrossCriss Cross

By Annette Waller
(Education Committee 2015)

This contemporary design is created using flat sticks on a double sided sticky tape backing. Used singularly, it is suitable for a coffee table or in multiples as an installation for a dining table.


ClippingsClippings - Augustine Dall'ava

These abstract designs were created after a study period on the renowned Australian sculptor Augustine Dall'ava.


Bend it Break itBend It Break It
By Val de Latour
(Education Committee 2015)

From the workshop Marie -Françoise Déprez in Paris. The branch may be incorporated in to a design with endless colour combinations and design possibilities.


Cone / Christmas TreeCone / Christmas Tree
By Jan Holt
(Education Committee 2014)

Instructions for creating a cone or Christmas tree design.


Flax CaterpillarFlax Caterpillar
By Val de Lautour
(Education Committee 2014)

Instructions for a technique of flax manipulation which was developed following Damien Koh's workshop which we have called the caterpillar.


Flax PyramidCornucopia
By Liz Chapman
(Education Committee 2014)

Instructions for the construction of a cornucopia,a horn shaped form, symbolic of abundance and richness and typically used to capture the spirit of the Greek and Roman era.


Flax PyramidFlax Pyramid / Tetrahedron
By Jan Holt
(Education Committee 2013)

Instructions for the construction of a four cornered flax pyramid. These interesting forms may be added into indigenous designs to add interest and texture.


Synergy in Floral Art - click to see technique.Synergy in Floral Art
By Jan Holt
(Education Committee 2012)

Synergism is the act of two or more units necessary to achieve an effect of which each is individually incapable.


Pinned Patterns - click to see technique.Pinned Patterns
By Rhonda Hall

Pinning is a technique in which components are fixed in place with a pointed object.


Taming the Wild Things - click to see technique.Taming the Wild Things
By Jan Holt
(Education Committee 2012)

Plant materials are 'tamed' by winding and binding techniques to appear in a transformed state in a design.


Unique Disc - click to see technique.Unique Disc
By Liz Chapman
(Education Committee 2011)

During a recent visit to New Zealand, Marie Françoise Déprez, Floral Designer from France made discs from Bear Grass to incorporate into a design.


Sandspiker - click to see technique.Sandspiker
By Roseanne Armstrong
Photography by Shirley Russ

(Education Committee 2010)



Geometric Networks - click to see technique.Geometric Networks - a technique learnt at a 'Clippings 'workshop May 2010
By Rhonda Hall and Rae Baxter

Make these exciting innovative structures in advance.


Crosshatching.Wrapping for Effect
By Heather Hammond
(Education Committee 2008)

The technique of wrapping flexible plant material or other components round solid forms or spaces for artistic effect.


By Liz Chapman
(Education Committee 2008)

A technique in which a pattern is made of a series of multiple crossing lines.


By Liz Chapman
(Education Committee 2008)

The tying of thread-like plant material or other components to create a feature or fastening.


Making a wax and paper container.Making a Wax and Paper Container
By Jan Holt - Editor Floral Focus Magazine

The design illustrated uses a simple grid of cornus sticks and silver thread, with Helleborus and Heliotropium flowers within a wax and paper container..


Plant Conditioning and Care.Good care and conditioning of our plant materials
By Jenny Harris - Education Committee 2008

Care and conditioning of plant material should be paramount to ensure optimal life. Some plant materials require different attention and handling.


Astelia and hydrangea - some of the top plants to use.Twelve top plants to consider for your Floral Art Garden
By Jenny Harris - Education Committee 2008

A list of basic plants suggested by Jenny Harris FASNZ teacher, for her students to grow or have access to for floral designs.


Designs by Margaret Whyte of the Invercargill Floral Art Club

Scale is a Principle of Design – The comparative size of individual parts to each other, to the whole and to the allotted staging space.


A Technique illustrated by Ann Barr of the Wellington and Whitby Floral Art Club

Make these structures in advance by choosing binding, pins and beads, etc to suit your Christmas colour scheme.


A Technique illustrated by Ann Barr of the Wellington and Whitby Floral Art Club

In this demonstration Ann has chosen to use carnations, but other suitable flowers include: roses, daisies, ranunculus, camellias, chrysanthemums, etc.


A Technique illustrated by Ann Barr of the Wellington and Whitby Floral Art Club

Pinning can be done on polystyrene, floral foam, dry oasis, pinex, cardboard etc.


A technique illustrated by Fay Craill of the Takapuna Floral Art Club

How to fold netting over various materials and wire where necessary to hold it together. Roll or mould to the required form and either use it as a stand alone piece of art or use as a component in a design.


by Margaret Wilkin, National President, FASNZ

This design represented the snowy slopes and trees leading up to Mt Fuji . It could also represent Fantasy Trees. You choose the number to make to create your own Interpretation of this Fantasy Design.


by Jan Cockerill, Hokonui Floral Designers

Simple requirements for this design include Astelia or flax leaf, a polystyrene cone and ball painted with water based paint, pearl headed pins and a satay stick


A workshop tutored by Auckland’s Colleen Fernie for Southland Area FASNZ

Working in pairs, participants created their structures by using string to tie flax stalks together to make strong free standing structures


By Gislinde Folkerts, Geraldine Floral Art Group

This design uses a minimal amount of plant material, and is quick and simple to create, even for beginners.


By Gislinde Folkerts President, Geraldine Floral Art Group

Requirements for this design are a tall glass container, bamboo, Actinidia, Chinensis vine and Anthurium.


A Structural Design, by Heather Rizzi Central Southland Floral Art Club, FASNZ

This design is a freestanding, three dimensional structure made from nature’s branches.


By Margaret Whyte, Secretary, Invercargill Floral Art Club, Southland

This design suggests making use of the following plant materials.
Eucalpyptus bark – 2 large pieces
Rosa x 3
2 stems periwinkle (Vinca major)
Tree moss

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