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How to Make a Large Flower Arrangement

By Amy Hannaford ; Updated September 21, 2017

When creating a floral arrangement pay attention to the proportion of your arrangement compared to the size of the room. The most common mistake when making flower arrangements for large areas is to skimp on the flowers, creating too small of an arrangement. The key to large flower arrangements is using full, lush flowers and plenty of greenery that will enhance rather than get lost in the decor. Flowers fresh from your garden or your florist go into making these large flower arrangements for your home or reception area.

Choose a flower vase or container that will be proportional to the size of the area you are decorating. For example, if the flower arrangement will sit on either side of a wedding altar use a vase that is at least 2 to 3 feet tall. Place floral foam inside the vase to help hold the flowers. Fill the vase about three-quarters full of water for real flowers. If using silk flowers, skip the water.

Pick flowers that have large flower heads such as hydrangeas, roses or calla lilies. Measure the flowers on the outside of the vase to see how much of the stem to cut if needed. If the flower stems will be too short for the vase, add more floral foam into the vase to raise the flowers up.

Cut six strips of floral tape that are 2 inches longer than the diameter of the vase opening. Place three strips of tape across the opening spacing about 2 inches apart. Place three more strips of tape across the other tape so they form a grid with 1- to 2-inch squares in which to insert the flower stems.

Begin by inserting the tallest flowers in the middle of the vase, placing the stems into the squares of the grid you created with tape. Next place gradually shorter flowers around the taller flowers working down to the shortest flowers in the front of the arrangement. More than one flower can be inserted into the squares of tape.

Finish your arrangement by adding filler flowers or greenery to make it lush and full. Filler flowers include baby's breath, Queen Anne's lace, heather, goldenrod, aster, wax flowers and hypericum berries. These filler flowers can be added around the edges of the arrangement or mixed in between the larger flowers. Do not forget to add some greenery such as fern fronds and eucalyptus branches.


Things You Will Need

  • Flower vase
  • Flowers
  • Floral foam
  • Floral tape

About the Author


Amy Hannaford teaches childbirth education classes and a healthy pregnancy series in Southern Oregon. Hannaford holds an Associate of Arts degree, a certificate in medical assisting, and has been a childbirth educator and birth doula for 20 years. She has been writing articles for Demand Media since 2008.