How to Arrange Flowers in a Square Vase


Square vases offer an alternative to the usual rounded style of flower vases. They can be purchased in many different sizes, which makes it an attractive decorating accent. These vases are perfect centerpieces on a table because they create a natural boundary with their shape. The square cut of the vase adds an extraordinary look, enhancing a simple flower arrangement. All types of flowers can be arranged in square vases because of the variety in height offered.

Step 1

Hold up a flower next to the vase for visual height measurement. Trim each flower individually. Use the clippers to cut the flower's stem to the length needed to fit into the vase---usually this is 2 to 3 inches above the vase's rim. Make sure to cut the stem at a diagonal slant to enable the stem to absorb the maximum amount of water. Adjust the stem's height if needed by snipping away small amounts of the stem until the desired height is achieved.

Step 2

Prepare the square vase by filling it half full of water. Add the floral food to the vase, following the packet's directions to measure out the proper amount. The amount will vary, based on the size of the vase. Stir the floral food into the water and allow it to settle.

Step 3

Place the first flower into the center of the square vase. Add a flower at each corner of the vase. Fill in any empty spots with remaining flowers. Rearrange any flowers that are sticking out at odd angles or higher than the other flowers. Determine if the vase needs more water added.

Tips and Warnings

  • If using roses, make sure to trim off the thorns to avoid injury. Purchase flowers that are not wilting or have damaged stems. Don't let the vase overshadow the flower arrangement. If you choose elaborate flowers, then pick a simpler vase.

Things You'll Need

  • Square vase
  • Flowers
  • Clippers
  • Water
  • Floral food


  • The Flower Expert: Flower Arrangements

Who Can Help

  • Pottery Barn: Square Vases
  • Candles 4 Less: Square Holders/Vases
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About this Author

Since May 2009, Christina Delegans-Bunch has been pursuing her career as a professional writer. Her work has been published on eHow and GardenGuides. She holds a certification in floral designing and wedding consultation from Harcourt Extended Learning.