Do you struggle to arrange flowers at home? Sometimes it’s not as easy as it looks!
However, in this article we’re sharing all our tips and secrets for beautiful (easy) flower arranging at home.
Fresh seasonal flowers are the perfect pick-me-up, especially at this time of year. They add colour and fragrance to any home and help to improve your mood. Floral design day is on the 28th February, so why not create your own display at home with some pretty spring flowers? Just follow these steps to create simple, yet stunning floral displays.
How to arrange flowers at home like a pro
1. Perfect Prep
Firstly, make sure you have everything you need to arrange flowers. Here’s a list of what we suggest:
- your choice of flowers
- secateurs/pruning shears
- a vase (see tips below on choosing)
- thin floral tape/chicken wire (these are optional, but can really help, as you will see later)
- clean water (room temperature is best)
- flower food (optional, but since many florists provide this, you may as well use it)
- additional foliage (again, this is optional, but adds a real pro touch)
2. Consider carefully
Before you start, consider what kind of vase will work best for your flower arrangement. What size, shape and colour is best for the space that your blooms will be displayed?
You don’t need to buy expensive vases for all occasions. Perhaps you have a beautiful jug, a pretty bottle or a Kilner jar that you could use to display your flowers? With smaller blooms and shorter stems you might prefer to use a jam jar to display a simple posy or create tiny arrangements in bud vases (or shot glasses). The beauty of small vases is that you can rearrange them endlessly, creating a fresh new look whenever and wherever you want.
3. Tricks of the trade
For extra confidence when flower arranging at home, choose a square or rectangular shaped vase and use thin florist’s tape to criss-cross the top, making a grid pattern. This will help to keep flowers in place once you have arranged them. In addition to this, the grid trick helps support flowers with large, heavy heads.
Another florist’s tip is to make a ball of chicken wire and hide it inside an opaque vase to help position your stems and stop them from slipping once in place.
4. Snip your stems
Cut flower stems at a 45° angle to allow for maximum hydration. Remove any excess foliage that is low on the stalk for two reasons. Firstly, any leaves below the waterline will quickly become slimy and encourage bacteria growth. And secondly, we want to divert all energy to the beautiful bloom, as opposed to the leaves. Be sure to place them in water as soon as you’ve trimmed the stems.
5. Keep it simple
As Leonardo da Vinci put it, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
This is particularly true with flowers, where their natural beauty is highlighted best without fuss. Choose two or three types of flowers to showcase and remember that sometimes one is more than enough (think of the statement a vase of giant sunflowers or a square vase full of simple tulips makes). The less busy your floral display, the more impact it will have.
6. Select for the season
Professional floral designer Joanna Hawley recommends choosing fresh, local, seasonal flowers for your home displays. Choosing to source locally and seasonally will not only save you money, but will mean that your blooms last longer too.
Are you lucky enough to have a garden? Try growing your own flowers to cut and enjoy.
7. Arrange flowers stem by stem
Start with your most sturdy stemmed flowers and place them in the vase one at a time (stem by stem), ensuring that each one reaches into the water. As you do this, think about the angle(s) that your floral design will be viewed from and make sure that it looks good. For a table-centre, rotate your vessel regularly to evaluate the arrangement from all sides.
Cut some stems shorter for flowers that will be placed around the edges of the vase. This difference in height adds visual interest and means that the inner blooms are not obscured.
8. Fill in with foliage
Once you have arranged your flowers, use foliage to fill in any gaps and define the silhouette of your display. Foliage adds texture, shape and greenery. If you choose to add herbs, you can also add scent to your arrangement. Consider different types of foliage. Do you want to contrast soft cloud-like petals with a sharp spiky thistle or soften bright colourful blooms with a gentle grey eucalyptus? Perhaps you want to add a cascade of romantic draping foliage such as ivy or fern. If you don’t have enough foliage for an impactful display, take a look in your garden for additional stems.
How to make your flowers last longer
Replace your water regularly (ideally every day, but at least every other day). You could even add a teaspoon of bleach to the water to prevent bacteria from growing.
Include a sprinkle of flower food if you have it. If not, you can use a soluble aspirin, or a little sugar instead.
When your arrangement begins to look tired, consider if anything can be reused before you throw it away. If a few flowers still look fresh, you might re-cut the stems and create a small jam-jar posy, adding some garden foliage.
Finally, take a look at our Spring decor ideas for your home.
And of course, you can find lots more tips, trends and inspiration for interiors here.