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Owen’s principles of design suggest a surprisingly straightforward process: Build a foundation using woody stems or branches, add showier blooms, and finish with gestural elements—smaller, wispier accents. Johnson advises beginners to keep it simple. “Color mixing is a skill that takes time, so stay as close to monochromatic as you can. Group flowers of the same type together, to avoid ending up with a polka-dot look.”
1Clear glass This classic, slightly domed option is inconspicuous when used in a see-through bowl or vase.
2Vintage loops The bendable, poseable wire loops can be separated to help space out stems.
3Vintage mesh dome Use with thicker stems, such as on tulips, lilies, or heavy branches. If the arrangement is top-heavy, anchor the frog with floral adhesive.
4Hairpin holder Vintage or new, this type of prop is the most versatile way to go: It can stage stiff stems and branches at any angle, which is especially useful for a low, table centerpiece arranged so a seated guest can see over it.
5Vintage clear pin holder Another vintage choice that’s functional, it holds lightweight stems in a clear container.
6Pin holders Tailor-made for ikebana, Japanese-style arranging, these can hold thin stems. The oval shape will fill oblong containers. Small ones are ideal for a bud vase.
7Vintage ceramic This is a prime example of a highly collectible but not-so-functional frog.
8Avon bowl The low plastic bowl with removable pin holders can hold water, eliminating the need for another container.
9Vintage clear glass Like a lot of older models, this frog is best used with thick-stemmed flowers. It also makes a great paperweight.