Odds & Ends: 5 Flower Arranging Tips

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

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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!

2. Stabilize

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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

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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

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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

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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?

If not, give it a try by following my suggestions outlined above. And snap a photo of the finished product and upload it to your LaurenConrad.com profile page for a chance to be the Chic of the Week.

XO Lauren

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  • Tiffani Stuart

    Thanks for the helpful tips!! I’ve always thought of myself of as a pretty decent flower arranger– but w/your tips about the cellophane grid– I’m going to be outstanding!! Can’t wait to do this, this weekend!

  • Sarah Heckle

    Love this! I took a floral arrangement class once. One more tip for cutting stems — run them under cold water while cutting!

    Sarah

    http://tulleandtrinkets.com/

  • soupforthegirlysoul

    I love flowers! these are all beautiful! :)

    http://www.soupforthegirlysoul.blogspot.com

  • saffy bt

    its funny looking the first step.I cant beleive it is in a cup and a sauce plate.Really its pretty and creativity u r…..the procedure i saw that in Martha Stewart living.

    i like ur style….thanks for sharing again. :B

  • Rachel Trampel

    SO SO Cute! I have a tea pot that I love but isn’t on display because I just don’t have room in my apartment, but it could make the perfect centerpiece with some flowers in it! Thanks for the great idea!

  • Kellie Norton

    I love all of these ideas! Can’t wait to make my own :-)

    -Kellie N

  • Kelley {Keep Sitting Pretty}

    I love these tips! Clearly you’re a pro! I am definitely bookmarking this post.

    XO Kelley
    http://www.keepsittingpretty.blogspot.com

  • Melissa Panici

    These ideas are excellent!! Can’t wait to make mine:)

  • Kelby Peachey

    that cellophane grid is pure genius!! I can’t wait to get my hand on some flowers!!

    http://peachypains.com

  • Haleigh Conard

    just in time for mother’s day! great tips! Thanks Lauren!

    -Haleigh
    http://www.soulstitches.blogspot.com/

  • Rachael Yanta

    great tips! love the first arrangement. so cute!

    Rachael
    http://www.rachaelkhawkins.blogspot.com

  • Eva Kosec

    Great …have to try it soon myself! Love getting creative :)

    http://evesbreeze.blogspot.com/2012/04/1-piece-3-ways-to-wear-brown-heels.html

  • Martin M

    My fav are white roses surrounded by red calla lilies!! :)

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    What a great post, perfect for planning a fabulous event.

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  • erika szoboszlai

    so much fun, perfect for plannine and event!

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  • Rebecca Bakofsky

    Oooooo! You make it seem easy :D I have to give it a try!

  • Larissa Wilhelm

    these are great tips! thanks Lauren!

    http://fitnessmisc.blogspot.com/

  • Emilie

    I am always looking for tips on flower arranging, I want to do my own for my upcoming wedding :)

    xo Emilie

    PS please visit my blog @ http://www.hungrydelights.com/

  • ilovemakeup5

    Great tips! I hadn’t ever seen the stabilizing tip before so I cannot wait to try it out.

  • Liesl

    Thank you so much for this great article! I love having flowers in my house, but I’ve been getting tired of the old vase. Definitely trying some of your tricks!

    Liesl xxx

    http://www.pretty-random-things.com/

  • Gina Mackey

    UGH! I wish this post had been up earlier this year! The flowers are LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOG dead, but I put them in an antique teapot!

  • Leanne

    Just made mine with tulips :)

    Love from South Africa

    http://arumlilea.blogspot.com

  • Elizabeth LaBrasca

    loveeee these tips! a friend of mine just gave me a bunch of flowers that I will be featuring on my blog tomorrow, very excited to use your tips to help with their presentation!

    xo Elizabeth

    http://www.the-antiquarian.com/

  • Giselle Escamilla

    I love these ideas!! I love putting up flowers in my room and these is a good idea to make my room more stylish:)

  • Kelly Burt

    These are all beautiful. I definitely want to give these a try.

  • Andrea H. Kaplan

    Another tip is to lightly hammer the stem bottoms once cut. After cutting stems, I usually tap the bottoms onto my kitchen counter to also help with absorption. It adds days onto the life of a bouquet.

  • Rebecca Lawson

    wonderful ideas!! Nothing a girl likes better than beautiful flowers!! Thanks Lauren!! :)

  • Emily

    That teacup arrangement is so cool! And thanks for the tip about the cellophane-tape grid, I never would have thought of that.

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  • Jacqueline Englund

    Love this! I’ve been wanting to try flowers in my room for a long time and this definitely turned it into a project for today!

  • Marine Boussage

    I love the first idea. It’s cute.

  • Monica_in_Heels

    Absolutely gorgeous! I wish I knew how to do flower arrangements as good as you. Instead, I stick to paper pom pom flowers :)

    xoxo http://www.monicainheels.com

  • Lizzy

    Cute ideas! Definitely going to have to try some!

    XO
    Lizzy

  • Miss City Chic

    wow i love the way flowers look as room decor but never knew how to achieve it! thank you for the tips :)

    http://www.misscitychic.com/

  • marry kelly

    I can added it on my pinbaord ..Thats really pretty..
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