Needlepoints are also referred to as
pin holders or frogs. A small, round needlepoint is
A pincup is a small cup with
needles within that not only helps position stems but also holds
a small amount of water. It would be useful when designing on a
flat surface or inserting flowers in a design at a higher level.
Glass marbles, some round and some flat,
can enhance an arrangement in a glass vase or other container.
Artist glass can be used to provide a color cue for the design.
Magnetized water tubes, hooks and platforms assist in holding flowers and accessories on a backboard for
floral design competition or to position plant material on metal sculptures.
Before floral foam, there was chicken wire. The wire can
be carefully crushed, wearing gloves, and inserted into an
opaque container. If it will be above the container, but covered
with foliage and flowers, you may want to wrap it with
paddle wire to secure the shape.
Willow comes to mind since it is malleable,
but other easily handled branches may be used. Soak the
willow in water overnight, after removing any foliage, and then
wrap tightly into the base of a container. It is generally
used in clear containers since its appearance may contribute to
The most commonly used aid is floral foam.
This product has evolved into myriad shapes in lots of form fit
containers to make your design work easier. It is even
available in colored foam powder to fit odd shapes or enhance
clear containers. To learn more
about floral foam,
If you want to
arrange a simple bouquet, without any extra mechanics, criss-cross
your primary stems in the container before arranging the
remainder. The grid formed by the main stems will provide
some support for your secondary flowers.