Church Flower Stand

Adding Leather Leaf Fern

Now our church flower stand is beginning to take shape.  The broad leaves of the jade fern should take advantage of their natural curves and shape to form the outer framing.

You can add more interest by using a variety of different common florist greens.  Leather leaf fern is a staple in every flower shop.  They are bundled by weight, usually averaging between 15 - 20 stems per bunch depending on the size of the leaves.

This type of fern is also great for bouquets, corsages and centerpieces.

I cut the stem shorter and inserted some leather leaf in the bottom of the design.  Begin by looking for open spaces in the greenery to fill in, gradually concealing the caged foam.

Note that I'm making these leaves shorter and inserting closer to the center of the foam cage.

Have fun, accentuating the graceful bends and arc of each individual leaf.

Don't forget to fill in laterally from the sides, making sure that your greens begin to tilt inward.  You don't want a flat faced design when viewed from the side.  Instead - go for angles that eventually move to the center of the cage sticking straight out towards you.

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