How to Arrange Cut Flowers


Flowers work best when arranged strategically in vases to provide an element of beauty, color and nature to a household. They are perfect for gifts or just brighten the day. There are some key tips to keep in mind when arranging freshly cut flowers in a vase or as a bouquet.

Step 1

Choose a primary flower color and color scheme for the bouquet, which can be as simple as choosing two different colors, like red and purple, or arranging several colors that complement each other.

Step 2

Cut the flowers' stems according to the height of the vase or bouquet you are creating. Keep the height of the flowers no taller then 2/3 the height of the vase or wrapping paper. Cut the stems at an angle to allow a larger surface area for water absorption. Cut a slit in the end of woody stems to make the water flow up more easily.

Step 3

Cut off any leaves from the stems that will be below the water line.

Step 4

Add feature flowers such as roses, daisies, lilies, irises, hydrangeas or birds of paradise, to name a few. Place the most vibrant color in the center.

Step 5

Arrange the flowers in the vase so they fit closely together and balance the depth and quantity of flowers all around the bouquet.

Step 6

Accent the flower arrangement with smaller flowers or greenery along the edges of the bouquet and in between the feature flowers. These include items such as baby's breath, ivy, honeysuckle, ornamental grasses, bamboo, etc.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber-handled scissors
  • Florist's knife
  • Twine
  • Cellophane or tissue paper
  • Vase


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  • Keeping Cut Flowers Fresh
  • Flower Arrangements and Gifts
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Lauren Wise is a journalism major from Arizona State University with over forty published magazine and media articles and over 400 Web site articles. Wise owns Midnight Publishing with over eight years experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food and wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in magazines including Runway, A2Z, Scottsdale Luxury Living and True West.