How to Make a Calla Lily Bouquet


Popular in wedding bouquets and formal arrangements, calla lilies come in an array of hues, though white is traditional. Not technically a lily, the calla lily belongs to the Zantedeschia family and is related to the decorative green plant caladium. Calla lilies display a central yellow finger-shaped spadix wrapped by a colored tube. Gardeners can find calla lilies that are orange, crimson, brownish-purple or pink.

Vase Bouquet

Step 1

Fill your vase with lukewarm water.

Step 2

Rinse calla lily stems under cold water. With the water running, cut at least 1/4 inch off the stems or as much as you need to display the calla lilies in your vase. Cut with scissors at an angle and not straight across.

Step 3

Place cut stems in the vase. Arrangements look best with an odd number of stems. Spread the stems out in the vase so the calla lilies are not clumped together.

Step 4

Display your vase. Change out the water every other day to keep your bouquet fresh.

Display Bouquet

Step 1

Trim your calla lily stems under water as above. Ensure all stems are at the same height.

Step 2

Gather the calla lilies together in a bundle. Turn the flower heads until they are to your liking; you may face all heads in the same direction or vary them for visual interest.

Step 3

Wrap the calla lilies together using waterproof tape. Run the tape around the stems to two three times, then cut the tape with scissors.

Step 4

Cover the waterproof tape with a ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around the stems, then secure the end of the ribbon using a pin. Alternately, spray green plant leaves (such as ginger leaves) with an adhesive spray, then wrap them around the calla lily stems to obscure the stem.

Things You'll Need

  • Vase (optional)
  • Calla lilies
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Pin (optional)
  • Spray adhesive (optional)
  • Plant leaves (optional)


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