Making a Holiday Flower Arrangement


Celebrating the holidays with a do-it-yourself floral arrangement is a fun and creative way to make a dining room centerpiece, highlight a front room windowsill or decorate a garden patio or front porch for the holidays. Holiday floral arrangements also make wonderful gifts for friends and family members, and shows a special homemade approach and alternative to baking cookies and breads. Making your own holiday floral arrangement is a simple process that does not require specialized skills as a gardener or florist.

Step 1

Group all of your flowers together. Place a one-half-inch horizontal cut in the end of each flower stem, as this helps the flowers to receive the water they need while in the vase.

Step 2

Group one white carnation, one red rose and one white rose (or one blue flower and white rose for Hanukkah). Add half the sprig of baby's breath and place the baby's breath directly behind the rose grouping.

Step 3

Place the first floral grouping into the vase on the left side.

Step 4

Form the second grouping of flowers consisting of two red roses and one white lily. Place the lily in between the roses, and place the grouping into the center of the vase.

Step 5

Gather the final grouping of flowers, including one red carnation, one white rose, and one red rose. Place the remaining half sprig of baby's breath to the back of the grouping and place the grouping on the right side of the vase.

Step 6

Fill the vase with room temperature water so that the the water reaches 5 inches up the stems of the flowers.

Step 7

Finish with a holiday bow or ribbon tied at the center of the vase. Present the holiday floral arrangement to a friend, family member or display elegantly in your home for the holidays.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 red roses (if celebrating Hanukkah, substitute blue flowers for the red)
  • 2 white roses
  • 1 red carnation
  • 1 white carnation
  • 1 white lily (optional)
  • Sprig of baby's breath
  • Vase
  • Water
  • Scissors
  • Holiday bow or ribbon


  • Floral Arrangements
  • Arranging Flowers
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