How to Put Together a Floral Arrangement


Flowers are a natural and inexpensive way to decorate. People arrange cut flowers in a vase and display it in their entrance, living room, dining room or another area to spruce it up. Let your imagination flow when arranging flowers, as they relax a person and uplift the mood. Create beautiful and vibrant floral arrangements for yourself, your family or friends instead of purchasing costly ones from your local florist.

Step 1

Place your vase and flowers on a table in front of you. Pour water into the vase until half full. Inspect the flowers for any disease, rot or dried parts. Clip them off, or remove the flower from your pile altogether. Also check that the foliage stems are healthy and leaves are not spotted or diseased. Use a sharp pair of pruning scissors to remove rotted leaves.

Step 2

Hold a flower just outside the vase and determine its appropriate stem height. Cut the excess off at an angle to allow it to absorb water better. Use a sharp pair of scissors. Strip thorns or leaves that will be immersed in the water. Trim and strip the rest of your flowers.

Step 3

Lift four flowers and arrange them in a square. These flowers are called the central flowers. Let the largest flowers form the center if you are using different types of flowers. Ideally, your arrangement should consist of larger flowers in the center, surrounded by medium or small sized flowers and foliage.

Step 4

Grip the central flowers firmly and add remaining filler flowers around them. Hold the central flowers an inch higher than the surrounding ones if all your flowers are the same size and type.

Step 5

Inspect the arrangement and adjust flowers so it is well rounded. Make sure the flower arrangement is smaller than the opening in the vase, so they fit inside easily. Also check that the blooms are not tightly packed but spaced sufficiently apart so they stand out. Remove flowers from the outer edge of your arrangement if you have too many or the blooms touch each other.

Step 6

Line the edges of your flower arrangement with foliage. Depending on personal taste, use tiny accent greenery such as baby's breath or larger magnolia or camellia leaves.

Step 7

Lower the flower arrangement into the vase. Remove some flowers if the arrangement is too tight. Sprinkle glitter over the flower heads for added effect. Knot a wide ribbon in a bow around the center of the vase.

Things You'll Need

  • Vase
  • Water
  • Flowers
  • Stem stripper
  • Pruning scissors
  • Baby's breath, camellia or magnolia leaves
  • Glitter
  • Wide ribbon


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