How to Make Bouquets From Loose Flowers


The beauty of working with cut flowers is that the options for combining them in attractive and interesting ways are almost limitless. Cut flowers can be arranged into complementary, contrasting or even uniformly colored bouquets. While a bouquet is a highly personal expression of what is considered attractive, it is important to vary texture and scale unless you're creating a bouquet of just a single type of flower.

Step 1

Hold your thumb against your index and middle finger to make a loop in one hand.

Step 2

Pick up one of the larger flowers with your free hand and thread it though the loop roughly halfway down the stem. Close your fingers around the stem to hold it in place.

Step 3

Select the next flower that is different from but complementary to the first flower. Repeat this process until you have all of the main flowers in the bouquet.

Step 4

Add any greens and filler flowers around and throughout the center of the bouquet, breaking up blocks of color or one type of flower and filling in holes.

Step 5

Trim the ends of the bouquet evenly with secateurs and at the proper height for your vase. Place the cut stems immediately into the water-filled vase.

Tips and Warnings

  • If using roses, be careful not to let thorns prick your fingers when arranging your bouquet.

Things You'll Need

  • Cut flower stems
  • Greens and filler flowers
  • Secateurs (pruning shears)
  • Vase
  • Water


  • University of Illinois: Flower Arranging (PDF)
Keywords: creating a cut flower bouquet, arranging cut flowers, making a flower bouquet

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