Since starting a floral business (Pete's Buds) a few months ago, my florist kit has been growing and growing. What started as just a great pair of shears and a gung-ho attitude soon became a collection of tools that I don't touch a stem without. I've learned that the right materials can make or break your bouquet. It's impossible to create an arrangement of roses that defies gravity, for example, without the right support structure in the vase. From chicken wire to floral clay, read on for all the items you need in your kit.
Terrain All-Purpose Pruner ($48)
It's crucial to have a set of pruners that can handle everything from a thick branch to a delicate stem.
Fog Linen Tool Apron ($44)
Nothing is more aggravating than when you can't find your tools, so keep them close with an attractive apron.
NaNa Round Flower Frog ($5)
Floral frogs are placed at the bottom of vases to stick the ends of stems into (a more eco-friendly version of floral foam). They can be adhered to the bottom of the vase with floral clay.
The Home Depot Chicken Wire ($6)
Cover the top of a vase with a layer of chicken wire to help your stems stay upright, or make a ball of chicken wire and adhere it to the base of the vase with floral clay. This will give you a nice support structure to put your flowers into.
Panacea Products Floral Clay ($3)
Before you put water into your vase, affix any floral frogs or chickenwire support structures with waterproof floral clay. It'll keep them in place as you work on your bouquet.
Amazon Floral Tape ($6)
Floral tape is essential for crafting boutonnieres, floral crowns, corsages, and more. All it takes is a nice wrapping of floral tape to keep a few stems together.
Haws Brass Plant Mister ($24)
Keeping your flowers properly watered is the most important thing. Plants like hydrangea, maidenhair fern, and orchids like a light misting.
West Elm Heirloom Scissors ($14)
Although a set of pruners is a florist's best bud, some more delicate scissors are good for daintier stems.
Kauffman-Mercantile Steel & Rosewood Flower Knife ($39)
Cleaning the extra leaves off tulips, and other leafy stems, is a lot easier when you have a knife as sharp as this one.
Zenport Thorn Leaf Stripper ($9)
Save yourself a pricked finger by investing in a thorn stripper. Roses have finally met their match.
Amazon Clear Floral Tape ($7)
Overlap strips of clear floral tape on top of a vase (like a pie crust) to make a supportive grid for stems.
Darice 22-Gauge Paddle Wire ($4)
Making a flower crown? You're going to want to start with some wire. It can also be wrapped around delicate stems to keep them upright.