I’ve always been intimidated by flowers and thought they should be left to the pros. Yes, I think there are times when a professional should be the only one arranging, but for just because arrangements like casual dinner parties, the weekend (!!) or a thoughtful Mother’s Day gesture, you can definitely attempt to put something together yourself AND make it look great.
I usually go to my local nursery for flowers because they have a great selection, but Whole Foods and Trader Joes never disappoint either. I like to get 2 different bunches of flowers and 1-2 greenery options.
DIY Flower Arrangement
Step 1: Add Chicken Wire
This is the step no one tells you about unless you go to a floral workshop or if you have a good florist friend. I had no idea this was THE trick until recently. Game changer yet so simple, but if you don’t do this step you might as well not try. At least that’s the case for me.
Step 2: Add Greens
The last floral workshop I attended suggested starting the greens at one side and then continuing them all the way up and over to the other side. I like to have droopy greens on the bottom sides.
Step 3: Add Flowers
This is where you can really start overthinking things. For amateurs like me, you just have to start placing and not really think about it. The arrangements I like are free flowing (as opposed to a tight ball of flowers), so I try to keep that in mind when adding the flowers.
Step 4: Add Varying Heights
Again, you don’t want a tight ball (unless you’re into that look), so use varying heights to achieve the free-flowing, “organic” look. I think a bit of imperfection adds much needed interest to the arrangement.
Step 5: Inspect the Arrangement
If the arrangement will be a centerpiece, it needs to look equally nice from all directions. Double check there are no big holes in the back.
*Photos by the lovely Kayla Snell