How to Learn the Basics of Ikebana

Ikebana, or the Japanese art of flower arrangement, takes years of study to master, but some of the basic principles can be appreciated without formal study.

You will need

  • Plant materials
  • Container
  • Viewing position

Step 1 Layer the flower arrangement Layer the flower arrangement. The uppermost layer of the arrangement should point to the sky; the middle layer addresses man, and the lowest layer, earth.

Step 2 Aim for balance Strive to achieve balance between all elements of the arrangement, including the container.

Step 3 Use asymmetry Keep the flower arrangement asymmetrical. Use an odd number of branches with varying stem lengths.

Step 4 Consider how the arrangement will be viewed Consider how the arrangement will be viewed. Traditionally the arrangement was viewed only from the front, but now ikebana arrangements are viewed from different positions.