How to Make Your Own Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arrangement

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Ikebana is centuries old. Started as a Buddhist tradition to offer flowers for gods' worship in India and China, it gradually spread in Japan. First popular among monks, later among the elite, and now among common people as well, ikebana is an art of flow

The art of ikebana comes from Japan. Ikebana is another side of the Land of the Rising Sun that has become extremely popular worldwide. Here is the paradoxical beauty of the bouquet: the appearing lightness of the composition in reality represents the fruit of the hardest efforts, research and discoveries. Speaking about the true art of ikebana, there are certain rules to follow.

Those who want to practise ikebana should bear in mind that this art requires a lot of fantasy. Also, you will need patience, persistence and love of nature.


So, how do you make your own ikebana? The self-made ikebana needs time investment but the result justifies itself. The first step is to choose your own material. The most popular ikebana is made of fresh flowers. There is also ikebana of dried flowers, leaves and branches. The second step is to observe the rule of three lines. The irregular triangle in the vase will represent it. The long branch "sin" is the sky, the shorter one, "soe", is the man, and the shortest one, "hikae", is the earth. For "sin", choose the most beautiful branch. It will be the stem of your composition. Do not ask anyone to help you. Ikebana is your own creation. All you can do is see pictures of ikebana. There are a lot of them. So, the length of "sin" must be equal to the height and diameter of the vase taken together. "Soe'" should make three quarters of "sin". "Hikae" must be equal to three quarters of "soe". By the way, besides the vase, other holders can be used for ikebana. These can be baskets or even trays. All details of dried-flower ikebana are usually attached to playing dough, foam plastic, or sunk in sand or plaster.

If you have seen ikebana in pictures, you must have noticed that it can be straight and inclined. The straight ikebana is made in the following manner. You place "sin" in a straight way, then bend it 15 degrees to the left. You bend "soe" 45 degrees to the left, and you bend "hikae" 75 degrees to the right. This is how you make a real Japanese ikebana.

How do you make a slanting ikebana? You bend "sin" as much as 45 degrees to the left, "soe" as much as 15 degrees to the left and "hikae" 75 degrees to the right. These rules are the same for high and flat vases in ikebana.

It is important to avoid straight branches, in order to make the general pattern less formal and more delicate. Ikebana made of dried flowers requires following of the proportion rules. Proportions are the most important part of the art of ikebana. You can dry flowers for ikebana on your own. For example, you can choose flowers for ikebana, make a bouquet of them and hang it, blossoms down. Also, you can dry flowers for ikebana on a flat surface.

In this case, you need to place the flowers on paper and put them in a sunny place. Finally, some flowers for ikebana can be conserved in glycerine. If you dry flowers for ikebana on your own, you will get a 100 per cent self-made ikebana.

All the rest depends on your fantasy. Decorate ikebana with various small details, like flowers and leaves. Shells will do as well as nuts and pineapples. Remember the main rule of ikebana: the simplicity created with big effort, hard work and fantasy.


Anna Sidorova
Posted on Jun 28, 2012
Guimo Pantuhan
Posted on Jun 28, 2012