How To Make A Beautiful Flower Arrangement

Spring is here and flowers are starting to pop up. Bring the beauty of flowers into your home. Many people think that they don't have the talent or the time to create their own arrangement, but it really doesn't take much time and it's not as hard as you might think.

Choose a vase

Any jar you have can be used to make your arrangement. I often use mason jars (I love the look of lilacs in a mason jar). For short flowers, I often use coffee cups. For long stemmed or bigger flowers, I have vases or I use an antique milk bottle. The deeper the water you have, the better it is.

Smaller flowers usually look better in shorter vases. Longer flowers usually look best in tall vases. I have had luck cutting tall flowers very short to use as a background for smaller flowers.

If your flowers are all one color, you may want to add sand, beads, pebbles or colored aquarium gravel in the bottom of the glass vase to add an interesting contrast. Adding any of these to the bottom of your vase will also help support the stems.

Add water

Once you choose the vase for your flowers, add room temperature water. Add any flower food you have and mix. Many people add a tsp of bleach to the water. Others add sugar. Still others swear that putting an aspirin in the water helps.

I add about 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon sugar and a drop of bleach to my water. I use a spoon to mix it before I cut my flowers.

Prepare your flowers

If I have flowers that are all about the same size, I like to cut the stems so they are about 1½ times the height of the vase. If I have flowers that are different sizes, I cut the bigger headed flowers so they are just above the top of the base. I place these around the outside edge of the vase. Then I cut the smaller headed flowers so they stand taller than the bigger headed ones and place those in the center of the vase.

Remove any leaves that will be below the water line and if any flowers are looking wilted, pinch them off with your fingers.

Place the larger flowers in first to create the 'focus' of the arrangement and add the smaller flowers into the center at different angles to create a balanced arrangement. Finally feed a few smaller flowers and a few greens around the edge.


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I had pretty much stopped setting out fresh flowers in vases since my cat knocked a vase off the mantel and broke a hearth tile. I have sometimes since then set the vase way back on the mantel but after reading your article I think I will try adding pebbles or marbles or something heavy inside the vase. I wish I had thought of it sooner! I could have enjoyed more flowers.

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