How to Create a Floral Arrangement


Floral arrangements are fun and creative ways to express your personality and aesthetic tastes. Floral arrangements also make excellent holiday table centerpieces for the dinner table or wine buffet, look beautiful in kitchen windows and bedside tables, or make lovely gifts for friends and family. Arranging flowers is a simple and fun task that does not require professional florist skills and can be accomplished with a few basic ingredients.

Step 1

Place a 1-inch horizontally slanted cut at the bottom of your flower stems. The horizontal cut helps open up the flowers to receive water while they are in the vase.

Step 2

Group three varieties of flowers (contrasting colors such as white roses, yellow sunflowers and red carnations) of your preferred flowers. Place the first grouping of three in your vase on the left-hand side.

Step 3

Place a green leaf or sprig of baby's breath in the center of the vase. The baby's breath or greenery provides contrast in color and texture to the flowers and makes your arrangement more visually stimulating.

Step 4

Add a second grouping of three various colored flowers to the center of the vase, in front of the baby's breath or greenery.

Step 5

Add a third grouping of three contrasting flowers. Place the third group on the right-hand side of the vase.

Step 6

Fill the vase with room temperature water to reach 6 inches up the flower stems in the vase.

Step 7

Place a ribbon or decorative bow on the center of the vase to complete the arrangement.

Things You'll Need

  • Vase
  • Water
  • Ribbon or bow
  • Scissors
  • Assorted flowers (nine flowers, three varieties in different colors)
  • Greenery or baby's breath


  • Arranging Flowers
  • Floral Arrangements
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