I love to create floral arrangements for my home. They are fairly inexpensive, easy to assemble, and make a calming mood in any room. Nature is soothing to the soul and adding plants and flowers is a great way to create a calm, relaxed atmosphere. Add a scented lavender candle and you’re ready for date night (even if it’s a date with a good book).
The materials I use to create my Spring floral arrangements include:
- Assorted flowers and greens (I bought my flowers at Trader Joe’s)
- Small piece of chicken wire to hold flowers in place (optional)
- Pruning shears or sharp scissors to cut stems
I went with a purple and green color scheme for my Spring arrangement. The flowers I used are listed in the photograph above. When it comes to arranging flowers, there aren’t any hard and fast rules. The steps below are the method I use, but I encourage you to use your own sense of style and design and make something you love.
I start by adding flower preservative to the container and fill it with fresh, cool water. Flower preservative packets are typically included with cut flowers and they will keep your flowers fresh.
I arrange the greens first to create a base or framework. I cut the ends of each stem at an angle before placing them into the vase. Cutting the ends helps ensure the flowers can soak up water in order to stay fresh.
Take care not to pound the stems onto the bottom of the container as you arrange them. This can damage the stems and make it difficult for the flowers to take up water.
I use a small piece of folded chicken wire inside the vase to keep the branches in place. The chicken wire isn’t mandatory, but it’s helpful for keeping long stems in place without flopping out of the vase.
Once I’ve created the base for my arrangement, I start filling in the center section with flowers and stems. I like to spread the flowers out on the table so it’s easy to grab them as I go. I place the flowers one at a time and continue adding them until I feel the arrangement is complete.
If you finish your arrangement and don’t like it, just start over. The nice thing about floral arranging is that flowers are beautiful on their own. It’s hard to make something that doesn’t look great. And it’s easy to start over.
I change the water in the vase every day or two. This helps extend the life of your blooms. My arrangements typically last 1 to 1-1/2 weeks depending on the flowers.
Don’t underestimate the power of plants and flowers. Adding touches of nature in your home creates a calming mood. If you don’t have time to arrange a full vase of flowers, a single flower in a clear glass creates a beautiful focal point in any room. Bringing the outdoors “in” is a great way to decorate your home.