Katie taps into Ingrid Carozzi’s brain for all things flower.
At a recent live event, Katie chatted with Ellie’s wedding florist, Ingrid Carozzi – of Brooklyn’s Tin Can Studios – about a new approach to floral arrangements. These are not the standard wedding centerpiece of equal length white roses sticking up in a tall, thin vase. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this traditional look (it’s popular for a reason!), Carozzi’s style is – in his own words – painterly. Think bright, contrasting colors, varying textures, and stems of varying lengths. The result is a dramatic burst of color that seems to spill out of the vase without looking messy or neglected. Additionally, Carozzi reduces waste by using tools that eliminate the need for floral foam. Since foam isn’t a very durable material, we’re excited to learn more about alternatives.
We highly recommend watching the entire live tutorial for a detailed walkthrough, especially if you’re a visual learner. However, if you’re short on time, we’ve pulled out some of Carozzi’s most useful tips and tricks so you can still have fun. With just some chicken wire, a flower frog, a bit of masking tape, and your favorite vase or bowl (here’s one of our favorites), you can start your own floral journey. You can use your newfound skills to decorate parties, organize thoughtful gifts, or brighten up your space as a form of exquisitely beautiful self-care. And if you need an extra dose of inspiration, check out Ellie’s jaw-dropping wedding trellis.
Ingrid Carozzi’s essential tips for flower arranging
Secure your stems with a flower frog: “A flower frog is one of the best tools to have if you want to work with flowers because it holds your stems in place. You can move them or move them back and forth. But watch out for your flower frog, it’s pointy.
Use chicken wire and floral tape instead of moss: “The chicken wire will help hold the flowers in place. Create a small mesh ball and place it on the frog. This way we have two things supporting our flowers. Use floral tape to attach the wire mesh to your vase. Cut two strips of masking tape and place them over the wire mesh in an X shape to hold the wire mesh steady.
Water 101: “Fill the vase or bowl with water to the brim. Rewater regularly, especially the day after the arrangement, as they drink the most the first day. The harder the stems, the hotter the water can be. If your flowers are somehow wilted, i always suggest turning them over and then wrapping them in tissue paper, like a plaster, basically give them a fresh cut and then put them in water.
Allow only stems in water: “Make sure there is no foliage below the water line when you make your arrangement – the leaves will rot quickly, which will shorten the life of your arrangement.”
Have fun with asymmetry: “The way I describe our arrangements is like a book with different chapters. So if you move around and look at the arrangement, there are different stories within the same arrangements.
Work with flowers, not against them: “Sometimes you have to let the flower go where it wants to go. Usually I look at the flower, see how it leans, and then let it go into the base.”
Replace flowers when they start to wilt: “Notice that some individual flowers are starting to die? Don’t throw away the whole arrangement. You can substitute individual flowers in your arrangement as needed.