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Simple Secrets to Flower Arranging

February 12, 2016

Simple Secrets to Flower Arranging

Buying professional bouquets can be expensive, but nothing brings a house to life like fresh flowers—especially in the springtime! And although it can sound tricky, arranging flowers is a skill that’s simple to pick up on. So today we’re sharing tips and tricks on how to put together beautiful spring arrangements with just a few simple items and florals from your local market.


Choosing your florals:

  1. We picked up whatever our local grocery store had in stock. Roses, tulips, cabbage and a few other types of greenery that caught our eye. There’s no formula here, just choose what you’re drawn to and what’s in season. Another simple idea is to gather whatever greenery you have growing in your garden or bushes outside.
  2. Don’t be afraid to mix and match textures, colors and bloom sizes.
  3. We chose about six different florals and greenery combined. Pick whatever you like, but keep in mind the size of the bouquet you’re wanting, and that a bouquet with too much going on can look busy.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. A vessel to keep your bouquet in. Think outside the vase! Use a pitcher or something interesting that’s just laying around your house.
  2. Floral Scissors (ours were the brand “Clauss”)
  3. Floral tape (This is optional – we didn’t use floral tape in our arrangements because we wanted this arrangement to look a little more “free” – but you can use floral tape to section off your vase and give your bouquet more structure if you like.)
  4. If you’re planning to gift your bouquet, it can be wrapped in Kraft Paper. This can be picked up at any craft store.



Before you get started:

  1. Use your floral scissors to cut each stem at a 45 degree angle under running water. This allows the flowers to soak up more water than if you cut them straight across.
  2. Keep in mind the height of your vessel and how tall you want your arrangement when cutting.
  3. Fill up your vessel with water and pull any leaves off the bottom half of each flower stem. (Tip: the more leaves on the stem, the more water absorbed by the flower- so, it is beneficial to remove any unwanted leaves.)


Tips on arranging:

  1. START WITH GREENERY | Using it as a the foundation. Fill it in small “pockets” or bunches of three or four stems around the vessel. This typically turns out looking better than a bunch of single stems scattered around the bouquet.
  2. NEXT PLACE YOUR LARGER FLORALS | Add them in using the same “pocket” technique you used with the greenery.
  3. NOW ADD IN YOUR SMALLER BLOOMS | You guessed it, using the same technique.
  4. FILL IN HOLES WITH GREENERY | Finish by filling in with more of your greenery. Greenery adds texture, movement and height. It is really important, but don’t overdo it. Texture is good, but too many competing textures can look busy.

Be sure to think for balance in your arrangement. It doesn’t need to be perfectly symmetrical, but you don’t want one side looking heavier than the other. If your arrangement will be seen on all sides, turn it and make sure it looks pretty from all angles. If your arrangement is going against a wall (a one-sided arrangement), you can focus on front and center of the vessel.

Care of your arrangement:

  1. Change the water if it starts to look cloudy
  2. Re-cut your stems periodically. This will help them soak up more water
  3. Make sure they are exposed to some sunlight, although too much direct sunlight or heat could cause them to wilt
  4. Throw dead blooms away as they die


Never waste your extra blooms. Here are two ideas for what to do with your leftovers

Fresh flowers make great gifts! Make an arrangement for a friend. Here’s how to transport them in a cute and creative way:

Keep the flowers in water as long as possible, then remove them and wrap the ends in a wet paper towel or sponge. Lay the stems catty cornered to your craft paper, wrap them up, and tie the bottom with ribbon, twine or string, allowing their blooms to reach the fresh air. They won’t last very long like this, so take them straight to your friend and put them in water.

Make a few small arrangements to set around the house!

Fresh flowers also bring life and color to your dining table, kitchen island, windowsill or entryway—so consider making a few smaller arrangements to set around your home with your leftover blooms.


Tag us on Instagram (@magnoliamarket) if you try fresh flower arranging in your home!


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