How to Make a Simple Fresh Flower Arrangement


You don't have to spend a lot of money on expensive and fancy blooms to make a vibrant flower arrangement. Keep the arrangement simple by using one or two different types of flowers mixed with green accent foliage. Make sure the flowers are fresh before you begin to design the arrangement, and don't be afraid to rearrange the blooms around once you see them together. Practice makes perfect, and with a few simple "ingredients" you can have a lovely fresh flower arrangement to use around your home or for special occasions.

Step 1

Use a small vase and zinnia blooms to create a simple flower arrangement. Add sprigs of mint and thyme for accents and to contrast with the brightly colored blooms.

Step 2

Use garden shears to trim the stems of the zinnia and herbs so they fit inside the vase. Keep the stems long enough so the flower blooms and herbs billow out of the vase for a full design.

Step 3

Fill the vase two-thirds full with room temperature water so as not to shock the flowers and decrease the life span of the arrangement.

Step 4

Add a teaspoon of flower food to increase the longevity of the arrangement. Allow to fully dissolve, about five minutes.

Step 5

Place the freshly cut zinnias in the vase. Use at least three flowers to create a balanced design. For simple arrangement, use one larger zinnia bloom inside the vase.

Step 6

Add the sprigs of mint inside the vase for a sweet fragrance and contrast to the colorful petals. Place the draping thyme on each side of the arrangement to cascade over the container.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always remove spent blooms or foliage that falls inside the vase to prevent mold and bacteria from growing.

Things You'll Need

  • Vase
  • Zinnias
  • Accent plants, such as mint and thyme
  • Garden shears
  • Water
  • Flower food


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About this Author

Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.