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How to Make a Flower Arrangement as a Beginner


By Louisa Price


There is nothing more special than making your own flower arrangement for an upcoming holiday or as a gift for a loved one’s birthday. Though the idea of creating a floral arrangement may be overwhelming for most people, you’ll be surprised how easy it can be done.


If you’re a creative person who loves flowers, then you won’t have problems putting together a beautiful flower piece, even as a beginner. Here are a few floral arranging tips to help you make your first flower arrangement and with more practice, you’ll be arranging flowers like a pro in no time!


Beginner Flower Arranging

The first step in any floral arrangement is to choose the right flowers. By that I mean try to choose colors and shapes of flowers that will work well together. Place your flowers next to each other and see how they look. Of course, there are certain occasions that you want to use the same kind or color of flowers but sometimes different colors of the same flower might work well together. For instance, white and red roses.


While single bloom flowers such as roses, carnations, zinnias, tulips or lilies, are usually the central focus of arrangements, small buds and multiple buds like baby’s  breath give your arrangement fullness and density.


Also, think about using flowers with large stems to make up the back of your arrangement. This will help to balance the arrangement out and give it some depth. You can use flowers such as delphinium, gladiolus, and snapdragons to achieve this effect.


The next item that you need to choose is the vase or container that you plan to hold your flowers. Again, consider the size, shape, and color of the vase. Does it go well or clash with your chosen flower?


More importantly, keep in mind the width of your container. Will it be too big or too small for number of flowers you have. As a general rule of thumb, your container should be about one-third to one-half the size of your flower arrangement.


If you want to use a short vase, you will need to cut the stems of flowers so that they will fit. However, this will not work with some flowers. If you have short flowers, they may not reach the water below in the vase.


Prepare the flowers by cutting each flower stem diagonally about one inch from its bottom. Do this while holding the end of the stem under warm water so as to allow each stem to absorb water moisture and nutrients efficiently. As you cut each flower, put them temporarily into a container filled halfway with water.


Once all your flowers are cut, fill your actual vase two thirds of the way with warm water. Inspect your vase to make sure there is no leakage.


Begin your arrangement by placing your blossom flowers in the vase. Step away and see how it looks. If you think that the stems are too long, you will have to cut them. If your flowers are too short, then you may want to consider another vase or add stones or marbles into the bottom of the vase.


Continue to add flowers and cut them as you go along. You’ll notice that as you add more flowers, they will stay in position better.


Once you have created your floral arrangement, make sure to place it in a cool place that is not too drafty. Remember to change the water on a regular basis.



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