Ikebana is considered an art form and originated in Japan in the 15th century. I’ve always loved the clean, simple lines, and like to try my hand at one of these floral arrangements occasionally.
Years ago I took a short class and there is one thing I never forgot. Unless you are a true master of Ikebana, you don’t refer to your arrangement as “Ikebana”, but “in the style of…” or “in the manner of…” or “inspired by”.
Now, I’m far from a master, but that’s the beauty of it — by following the few basic principles of design for this art form, anyone (even I) can put together a simple arrangement that’s pleasing to the eye. That’s what it’s really all about, isn’t it? I hope you’ll enjoy these and be inspired to try some of your own.
Ikebana arranging is always done in a shallow container or vase, and is always assymetrical. It always uses organic material, but indeed acknowledges the beauty of even dead material. In this case, I thought these dead Oakleaf Hydrangea blossoms were just stunning.
It almost always starts with three tall pieces. The center one is the tallest and slightly off-center. The one to the left is medium in height and the shortest is on the right. From there you can add more, but keep it to a minimum — less is better. Minimalism at its best.
It is said that the tallest piece represents heaven, the medium piece the earth, and the shorter one is man. Ikebana is an art form which brings togeher nature and humanity. The idea is to appreciate aspects of nature that are often overlooked. Everything I used came from my yard, with the exception of the three small mums.
Ikebana Style Vases
I’ve had my two little containers for years, and they are a bit hard to find, but I came up with a few that you might like, and they’re all affordable.
If you already have a shallow container that you love you could use one of these floral frogs. That’s what I did with the tan pottery bowl.
Grow Your Own Wheat Centerpieces was a fun project! The possiblities are endless and you grow your wheat in 7 days!
Another fun project is this DIY Adjustable Bed Skirt. It’s easy, fast and inexpensive and you will never again have a bed skirt that’s too long or too short.