Everyone loves to have fresh flowers in their home, but flower arranging can be intimidating and frustrating— especially when you see how pretty the store-bought bouquets look in their plastic wrap, and then you get home but it doesn’t look as nice in your vase. Here are a few designer tips on how to take those bouquets and turn them into a magazine-worthy arrangement.
1. Pick your flowers
When selecting your types of flowers, look for a variety of shapes and blooms. We suggest at least
one “round” and one “linear” flower to give your arrangement shape and movement.
2. Choose the perfect vase
For this tutorial, we’ve chosen a “hand arranged” technique that works better with a vase or container that has a narrow opening.
3. Strip the leaves
Remove all leaves that will fall below the top of your vase. Leaves floating in the water will decay and taint the water which will in turn cause your flowers to rot quicker.
4. Work with odd numbers
This uneven number of flowers helps the arrangement to look less uniform and more organic. Use one hand to begin adding and altering a stem from each type of flower and turn the arrangement as you go to ensure that it looks even on all sides. While holding the entire arrangement in your hand, simply adjust any of the stems to your desired shape and style.
5. Add any leaves or other greenery last
When you have arranged all of the flowers, you can add the final touches by inserting any greenery, leaves, or berries. This will add interest and texture to your arrangement – but also the greenery helps to separate the blooms, giving them room to breathe.
6. Cut & Drop
Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle. This ensures that that stems don’t lie flat on the bottom of the vase blocking water flow, and it exposes more surface area for the water to access the stem.
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Photography by John Sloan