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Best Floristry Tools For Dried and Preserved Flowers

A florist's knife, scissors, wire snips, and a reel of natural jute twine.

Kate Blott |

What Essential Tools Should a Florist Have?

Working with dried and preserved flowers may be slightly different to handling fresh, but the tools and equipment you will need are very similar for the most part.

Contents

Basic Florist's Tools

If you are starting out, here are the best pieces of kit to purchase:

  • Florist's Knife
  • Floral Snips
  • Secateurs
  • Wire Cutters
  • Stem Strippers
  • Strong Scissors

A florist's knife Floral Snip for flowers and plants a set of Carbon Steel Secateurs Heavy Duty Wire Cutters

Above Left to Right: Florist's Knife, Floral Snips, Carbon Steel Secateurs, and Wire Cutters.

Florist's Knives

These little knives are easy to handle, enabling you to hold a flower in one hand and the blade in the other. Designed for a clean cut, that doesn't damage the flower. We sell our florist's knives in a pack of 5, so you will always have plenty to hand!

A five-pack of yellow-handled florist's knives
A 5 Pack of Florist's Knives

Floral Snips

Snips are great for cutting stems when flower arranging, or deadheading when the blooms have died off. With their strong handles and robust blades, they are perfect when scissors literally won't cut it!

A pair of yellow-handled flora snips
A Pair of Floral Snips

Secateurs

These chunky cutters have long been a gardener's handy best friend. They are strong and sturdy and ideal for trimming thick, woody stems. The blades of secateurs are super-sharp and can cope with some very gnarly products!

Floral Secateurs Yellow
Standard Floral Secateurs - Also Available in Carbon Steel

Wire Cutters

When you are using a wide variety of different wires and meshes in your work, you need a strong pair of wire cutters to cope. Their chunky cutting blades and strong handles can manage even very thick stub wire.

Oasis wire cutters
A Pair of Strong Wire Cutters

Stem Strippers

A stem stripper is another useful piece of kit, which can make the job of removing nasty thorns or bushy foliage easy on you and your hands.

An open and a closed plastic stem stripper
Stem Stripper - Simply Close Around the Stem, and Pull Gently to Remove Unwanted Foliage

Scissors

A strong pair of scissors (carbon blades are fantastic) will trim fine or softer stems - and they will work with ribbons, papers and other wraps too, so you don't have to go looking for extra equipment when doing fiddly jobs.

Scissors, Floral Touch, Carbon

Additional Florist's Equipment

Now you have your basic tools, what about some of the other equipment you may need for your work?

  • Wire
  • Pins
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Twine
  • Foam

black stub wire bunch Pack of Permanent Glue Dots Reel of natural hessian ribbon A Dry Foam Brick For Use With Dried Flowers

Above from Left to Right: Stub Wire, Permanent Glue Dots, Hessian Ribbon, Dry Foam Brick

Reel & Stub Wire

Depending on what work you are carrying out, you may find you need wire to support structures and stems. Wire comes in a variety of forms and gauges (thickness/diameter). A thicker gauge stub wire will give a lot more support than a fine reel wire.

Reel Wire Green, 32swg, 10 pack

Floral Foam

When it comes to general flower arranging with dried and preserved florals, wet floral foam is replaced with a dry version, and works in just the same way. You can cut it to the required size and place it in vases and vessels or into cages, and style your florals just as you like.

A grey and green foam block for dry and wet floral work

Wire Mesh & Fixings

Perhaps you are making a flower cloud? You will find a mesh (chicken wire) is useful when squished into a form so you can add various stems and plumes. Dry foam can be placed inside this if you wish to help secure your stems, or you could use pins, or fix them into place with bind wire.

Wire netting, mossing pins and natural coloured bind wire.

Covered Wire

For wreath-making projects, there are special wires that are covered in natural twines or grapevine, which are great for disguising otherwise unsightly wire. These products are strong and perfect for rustic looks.

Rustic Wire, Natural, 21M

Twine

It may be that simple jute twine is sufficient for your needs, such as tying a few stems or a small bunch, and these are available in various colours.

A trio of natural, yellow and white jute cord twine.
Rustic Wire - Perfect for Wreath Making

Glue

There are times when only glue will do. For more permanent fixing solutions, a heated glue gun or permanent glue dots can provide a means of applying almost invisible adhesive to secure your designs.

Accessories and Packaging

Once you have crafted your floral delights, you will want to wrap and package them perfectly so they are ready for your customer to receive. This is where specialist papers and packaging come in.

  • Tissue Paper
  • Kraft Paper
  • Compostable Wrap
  • Decorative Boxes
  • Transit Boxes

coloured tissue paper in orange, pink, dark green, lilac, red, pink, lime green, cream, yellow and purple. Brown Kraft Paper Sheets Colourful reels of compostable wrap A Flower Box in Pearlised Pastel Pink

Above Left to Right: Coloured Tissue Papers, Plain Kraft Paper, Coloured Compostable Wrap, Decorative Flower Box

a trio different sizes of strong pink hat boxes stacked in a tower Two different sized flower shipping boxes Atlas Flowers Branded Shipping boxes

Above Left to Right: Hat Boxes, Flower Transit Boxes (Atlas Branding), Flower Shipping Boxes (Compartmented)

Paper

Tissue paper is a really good basic for general wrapping but it can be used to great effect with colourful layers to make a bouquet or bunch look extra special. When combined with either natural or brightly coloured kraft paper, it can give a really expensive look to a simple bouquet.

Beautiful red and natural dried flowers, tied with natural twine.

Compostable Wrap

Compostable wraps are a thicker, stretchy alternative to paper. They are soft to the touch and come in many colours and patterns. They work well on their own but can be combined with tissue or kraft papers to dress up the finish. We offer these products in plain and rose-patterned prints. See our papers collection for more.

Compostable Wrap, Rose, Green Compostable Wrap Yellow Compostable Wrap Rose Design Peach Compostable Wrap Pink Per Roll

A beautifully wrapped dried flower bouquet
Photo by Amina Filkins

Gift Boxes

Decorative boxes are a great way to either arrange or display your flowers. Preserved roses in hat boxes have been on trend for some time, and a pretty box can turn a bouquet into a stunning gift.

Pink roses and black hat boxes
A trio of black hat boxes with a bunch of dried, pink spray roses - From Atlas Flowers

Packaging & Transit Boxes

Finding the right box for transporting your floral creations either to an installation venue in your own vehicle or via a postal service, can be tricky. A good corrugated, cardboard box will help protect your work and keep it looking great. Take a look at our range of packing boxes to see what's available.

A person sealing a cardboard box with tape

That's a good selection of tools to get you started! If you have any questions, please do get in touch and we will do our best to help.

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