How to Arrange Flower Arrangements


Flower arranging can be a fun and creative hobby, as floral arrangements enhance the aesthetic quality of a sunny kitchen windowsill, add flourish as an elegant dinner table centerpiece or make excellent gifts for friends and family members. Flower arranging is a simple process that does not require specialized gardening or floral skills.

Step 1

Use your scissors to place a 1-inch slice in the base of each flower stem, from the tip of the stem toward the flower. This cut will help open up the stem to receive more water, increasing the life and vivacity of your floral arrangement.

Step 2

Fill an empty, clean vase with enough water to reach 5 inches up the flower stems.

Step 3

Group three contrasting colors of your flower varieties. The contrast in color (red, yellow and purple, for example) provides an aesthetically appealing contrast point to give the arrangement more visual interest. When placing the flowers in your vase, ensure that they reach a height of at least 2 inches above the top. Arrange flowers at slightly varying heights if you'd like some variety.

Step 4

Place your contrasting group of three flowers in the center of the vase.

Step 5

Group an additional three contrasting flowers of varying colors (if you prefer to use the same variation as the first grouping, you may do so). Place them on the left side of the vase.

Step 6

Add a sprig of 10-inch baby's breath to the back of the vase to give the arrangement some additional texture. Place baby's breath so it reaches a top height of 1 inch below the floral arrangement.

Step 7

Group the final three flowers as you did the first two groups. Place them on the right side of the vase.

Step 8

Finish with a decorative ribbon or bow tied at the center of the vase. Display as a fabulous centerpiece for an elegant dinner party, or present to a friend or family member as a special gift.

Things You'll Need

  • Assorted variety of flowers (at least nine flowers)
  • Vase
  • Baby's breath
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon or bow


  • Floral Arrangements
  • Arranging Flowers
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