Putting flowers in a vase is an easy way to brighten up a room or brighten up someone's day. However, doing so requires a little more effort than just dropping a bunch of flowers into a container. In addition to the choice of flowers and color scheme, the precise arrangement of each flower is the key to an eye-catching presentation.
Choose a vase that is in proportion to the flowers. If a vase is too large or too small for the flowers, it will make the arrangement appear off balance. If you are arranging only a few flowers with long stems, use a vase that is tall and slender. If you plan to create an arrangement that will be full of flowers and greenery, choose a vase with a wide opening.
Prepare the vase by filling it halfway with water. If you are arranging silk flowers, cover the bottom of the vase with floral foam.
Trim the flower stems to the appropriate length that will enable them to stand in the vase. For variety in size, trim some stems 1 or 2 inches shorter than the rest.
Place the largest, tallest flowers first, using an odd number of flowers. They should be positioned in the back or middle of the vase. If you are using only one type of flower for the arrangement, it should appear to be symmetrical.
Arrange smaller flowers to fill the empty spaces between the dominating flowers. Placing sprigs of greenery in the arrangement will help to accent the color scheme of the flowers.
Step back and view the completed arrangement. Move flowers around in order to make the arrangement balanced and symmetrical on each side.