The idea to learn how to arrange flowers came to me as I struggled with a grocery store bouquet that I purchased. I had no idea what I was doing and it looked terrible in the vase. Lucky me, I have a colleague who comes from several generations of floral designers. Her sister even has a shop in Philly – Chrissy’s Flowers. Becca was also in, so we begged her for some rudimentary lessons over dinner and tacos, and so a girl’s night was born! – T
Our goal of the evening first and foremost was to have fun. CHECK! Our second (and perhaps our main goal) was to learn something! Before we jump in we should note that we purchased $66 of flowers from Trader Joe’s to make our arrangements and get the flower variety you’ll see in these photos. However, you absolutely don’t need to do that and can in fact apply the below steps to any amount or variety of flowers you have! We know because we (well just Becca) tried that too after this class.
Our first lesson was to fill your vase 3/4 full with room temperature water. Different flowers like the water to be at different temperatures, but for general home arranging, room temperature water will work just fine. Then, you’ll want to start to “Green up your vase.” Basically, use all the green filler or baby’s breath type flowers to create a structure to your arrangement. Then, it is time to add your flowers!
Trim your flowers at an angle under water. This helps the flowers last the longest, and because of this, it may be best to arrange your flowers near a sink or water source. As you work with the flowers, there are two key things to keep in mind.
- Tip 1: To figure out what height you want to cut, hold the flower next to the vase at the edge of a counter or table instead of trying to put it inside the vase.
- Tip 2: You do not have any leaves in your water. Remove all extra greenery from the stems that will come in contact with the water so that you don’t get mold growing in your vase.
As you continue to build out the rest of your arrangement, you can go for more a symmetrically look or you can make it look more random. It’s up to you. Our only advice is to continue with the style you started with.
If building the arrangement in the vase isn’t working, or you have a very large or tall vase you may want to utilize a different approach, which brings us to tip 3.
- Tip 3: You can build your arrangement first in your hands. Adjust the flowers exactly how you want them to look in the vase and trim the heights afterwards. You can even wire them together like this so they do not move out of place when you put them in the vase.
We hope you found these tips as helpful as we did! We even created the below list which you can pin or print and keep handy. Enjoy!