Ultimate Guide to Foraging Tools & Flower Arrangement Supplies

Ultimate Guide to Foraging Tools & Flower Arrangement Supplies

There's more to foraging than trimming plants and sticking them in a vase – that is, if you want to do it right. Whether you're an experienced forager or you're new to this wonderful hobby, having the right foraging tools is clutch. It's the difference between a random assortment of wilting plants and a fresh arrangement of lovely blooms.

This comprehensive buying guide on foraging and flower arrangement tools is essential for all foragers. Avid foragers who are looking for ways to improve their craft will benefit, too. In this article, we'll explain everything you need to know about foraging equipment, beginning with what foraging is (experienced foragers, feel free to skip this part) and discussing the essential foraging tools to make your outdoor adventures a breeze.

Foraging: Bringing the Great Outdoors Indoors

Imagine stepping into the great outdoors, the sun warming your back, and a gentle breeze rustling the leaves around you. Foraging is like a delightful treasure hunt where you collect wild plants and flowers that nature has generously scattered around. It's about exploring forests, fields, and even urban parks, discovering the hidden gems you can use for crafting. Think of it as nature's supermarket, offering fresh, free, organic goodies just waiting to be found!

Not only does foraging bring you closer to nature, but it's also a fun way to spend time outdoors, learn about different plants, and enjoy the beauty of the natural world. Plus, it's a fantastic excuse to get out, move, and enjoy the fresh air!

Best Tools for Foraging

Sure, you could head out into the great outdoors armed with a pair of scissors or a paring knife, but you'd be doing the plants a disservice. If you want to do it right, here are the best tools for foraging.

Must-have foraging tools include the Branch Cutter, Stem Cutter, Stem Shears and Ippon Scissors from OASIS®.

Foraging Shears

You're out in the wild, and you spot the perfect bloom, just waiting to be picked. But wait—what's this? A flimsy pocket knife that bends at the sight of a tough root? Not on our watch! The best foraging knife is actually a set of foraging shears. They're your trusty sidekick on these adventures, helping you harvest plants with surgical precision. Here's what to look for:

Clean Cut: To keep your plants healthy and looking their best.

Ease of Use: They should be easy to handle and operate, even for beginners.

Weather-Resistant Blades: Neither rain nor snow nor other inclement conditions should deter your shears from their appointed task. Choose foraging shears with stainless steel blades that resist corrosion and hold up in challenging weather conditions.

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To cover all the bases, there are four pairs of foraging shears that knowledgeable foragers should carry as they scavenge for treasure:

  • OASIS® Branch Cutter: Ideal for tackling thicker branches and stems, this cutter provides a clean, effortless cut, making it a must-have for any forager.
  • OASIS® Stem Cutter: Perfect for more delicate tasks, this cutter is designed for precision, ensuring you can trim stems and smaller branches with ease.
  • OASIS® Stem Shears: These shears are designed for all-around use and offer the versatility you need for various foraging tasks. They're sharp, durable, and feature an ergonomic design to reduce hand fatigue.
  • OASIS® Ippon Scissors: These scissors feature small, sharp blades designed for precise cuts, plan on using this tool when you need precise cuts at varying degrees.

All OASIS® foraging shears are crafted using stainless steel for optimal performance in all weather.

Oasis® Foraging Bag in green and brown.

Foraging Bag

Let's head back outdoors. You've just cut your plant with precision, and it's a beautiful thing. Are you going to just stuff it in a plastic grocery bag to carry it home? (Somewhere, an experienced forager just fainted.) Of course not! So, where are you going to stash all your precious finds? Enter the foraging bag — a must-have for any serious forager. Here's what you should look for:

  • Spacious: Because you never know when you'll stumble upon a foraging goldmine.
  • Durable: The best foraging bag needs to hold up against the elements and the wear and tear of outdoor adventures.
  • Washable: Foraging can get a little messy, and clean-up is a drag. Also, you don't want to pick up something nasty from one plant and transfer it to another on your next trip.
  • Easy to Carry: Comfort is key when you're on the move.

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The OASIS® Forage Bag offers ample space with multiple compartments so your treasures stay organized. Made from lined, durable canvas, it can handle the rough and tumble of the wild, ensuring your finds are safe and sound. This off-the-shoulder style bag has two outside pockets. Foraging fashionistas may prefer the floral print bag instead.

Floral foam, vases, and vessels.

Best Flower Arrangement Tools

DaVinci didn't use a paint roller on the Mona Lisa. The right tools make a big difference in creating any masterpiece – including flower arrangements. Let's talk about the flower arrangement tools that will help you craft beautiful, long-lasting displays with a touch of flair and a whole lot of fun!

Forage Floral Foam

Forage foam is a must-have for keeping your arrangements hydrated and supported. It provides a stable base for your foraged beauties and helps them stay fresh longer.

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OASIS® Forage Foam is specially designed to hold water well and provide excellent support for your floral creations. It's easy to cut and shape to fit any container. This isn't just any floral foam – it's made to keep your foraged creations looking fabulous as long as possible.

Vases and Vessels

The right vase or vessel can turn your flower arrangements from ho-hum to oh-wow!

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OASIS® Vases and Vessels include designs from classic to contemporary to suit any arrangement. They're crafted with quality materials to enhance the beauty of your flowers.

Mossing Pins & Wire

These little beauties help you create intricate designs and hold everything in place.

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It's no surprise that these guys are at the top of the list for foragers who are serious about their craft.

  • OASIS® Mossing Pins: These sturdy pins are perfect for detailed floral work, keeping everything in place. Say goodbye to loose ends and hello to flawless arrangements!
  • OASIS® Flexible Forage Wire: This versatile wire and wrap is perfect for all your floral needs, from supporting stems to creating complex structures. It's easy to bend and shape, giving you the freedom to bring your floral designs to life with ease.

Using OASIS® Floral Foam for Arrangements

Check out this quick overview of the proper way to hydrate your OASIS® forage foam.

FAQs: Foraging Tools

Below, we've answered a few common questions about foraging tools and flower arrangement supplies. Here at OASIS®, we're always happy to share our knowledge about foraging, so feel free to contact us with any other questions you may have.

Can I Use Regular Scissors for Foraging?

While you can use regular scissors, we don't recommend it. If you're taking the time to forage for just the right blossoms, don't you want them to look fabulous as long as possible? OASIS® foraging shears are specifically designed for cutting flowers and delicate stems. They provide cleaner cuts, which help keep your flowers fresh longer.

What Is Forage Foam and Why Is It Important?

Forage foam holds flowers in place and provides them with water. It's essential for keeping flower arrangements hydrated and looking fresh.

Are the Tools From OASIS® Forage Suitable for Beginners?

Absolutely! OASIS® Forage offers a range of tools designed to be user-friendly, durable, and perfect for beginners who want to start their foraging and flower-arranging journey.

Find Your Foraging Tools and Unleash Your Inner Hunter/Gatherer

Foraging and flower arranging are rewarding hobbies that connect you with nature and unleash your creativity. Step into the wild equipped with the best foraging tools from OASIS®, ready to collect nature's treasures and create stunning floral arrangements. Once you've collected to your heart's content, make sure you also have the vessels and other flower-arranging tools you need to create something spectacular. Happy foraging!

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