There are some talents that every lady should have in her bag of tricks. Flower arranging might not seem like the most necessary skill of the bunch, but it’s a wonderful craft to master. Why? Because you’ll be able to create Pinterest-worthy bouquets for any occasion without spending a pretty penny of pre-made arrangements. (And who doesn’t love fresh flowers to brighten up their home? And save money?)
A well-arranged bouquet is a lot like a well-styled outfit: Smart layers, contrast, and personal touches. I put together five flower-arranging tips to help you master the art of arrangements.
1. Think Outside the Vase
Who says your gorgeous arrangement should be limited to a vase? Get creative and try placing your flowers in a mason jar, ceramic bowl or even a teacup!
To make your life easier, place clear cellophane tape in a grid, across the top of your bowl, vase or jar. This is especially important if you’re working with a wide-mouthed bowl or vase because the flowers will have a tendency to fall over otherwise.
3. Snip Your Stems
To keep your flowers healthy, snip the bottom of each stem at a 45-degree angle before placing it in your vase. This step allows the flowers to absorb the most water possible. And, if you really want to make your arrangement last, cut the stems every few days.
4. Play with Texture
Uniform arrangements of one type of flower make a lovely and bold statement, but if you’re mixing multiple types, bring in a variety of textures to give it more dimension and interest. Try bunching dense flowers with pops of airier sprigs sprinkled throughout, like the arrangement above.
5. Consider Placement
To help your gorgeous arrangement last longer, keep it off televisions, appliances or heating or cooling units, which give off heat and wilt flowers. The ideal spot for your arrangement is somewhere out of direct sunlight and away from hot or cold drafts.
When in doubt think simple and classic and just have fun with it!
Have you tried your hand at flower arranging?