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A DIY Flower Arrangement You Can Do

04.29.16

diy flower arrangement

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

diy flower arrangement

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

diy flower arrangement

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

diy flower arrangement

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

diy flower arrangement

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

diy flower 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.

diy flower arrangement

Happy weekend!

Claire

*Photos by the lovely Kayla Snell 

 

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2 comments on “A DIY Flower Arrangement You Can Do”

  1. Seriously sweet arrangement!
    For those of us who don’t live a) on a farm where chicken wire is used, or b) in any place called ‘the country’, a village, or even a town, use floral tape and criss-cross it over the top of the container to form a grid. In a pinch, I’ve also used Scotch tape.

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