Updated: May 20, 2020
Creating your own floral arrangements is a satisfying way to bring nature’s beauty into your home or workspace. If you’re new to flower arranging than a great way to start is with simple flower stems or some sprigs of greenery to make a simple, no-fuss display.
What you will need:
A collection of small clear glass jars, bottles or small vases. They can be different shapes but should be approximately the same size. An odd number (e.g. three or five) often makes for the most pleasing grouping, but pairs work well too.
At least one stem or sprig of foliage per glass vessel. If your vessel is on the larger size, you could place several in each. Use your discretion and choose what appeals to you. Trust your instinct, I believe it's a vital component to successful flower arranging!
A pair of sharp scissors or knife.
How to make:
Start by checking that your chosen glassware is spotlessly clean. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, any grubby marks will mar the final visual effect and secondly, dirt may harbour bacteria which will affect the longevity of your arrangement.
Add fresh water so that the vessels are at least half-full, or a little more - you'd be surprised how quickly water evaporates.
Hold the flowers and foliage up against the glass jars or vases to determine how much of the stem you will need to remove. Ideally, the flowers or greenery will be between one to one and a half times the height of their containers.
Remove any leaves that will sit below the water-line.
Cut the stems so that they are at the correct height. At a minimum, cut off approximately an inch. This will remove air-blocked parts of the stems and ensure adequate water uptake. Also, make sure to cut stems diagonally rather than straight across. This allows stems to draw in water even if they are touching the bottom of the container. Place them into the water-filled containers as soon as they’ve been cut.
Don’t worry too much about how you arrange your flowers and greenery – the true beauty of this approach lies in its informality.
Almost done! The final step is to choose where you’d like to display your beautiful arrangement for maximum effect. You could place them in a row on a windowsill or shelf, in a group on a dining or bedside-table, or perhaps nestled together on your desk or the kitchen bench-top. The main thing is to place them somewhere you'll get to see and enjoy them often.
Follow these easy care tips to ensure that your flowers or foliage last for as long as possible:
- Change and top up the water every few days.
- Display your arrangement away from heat sources.
- Keep well away from fruit bowls. This is because fruit gives off a hormonal substance called ethylene which will cause your flowers to wilt prematurely.
Finally, sit back and enjoy your simple, no-fuss arrangement. It is just as beautiful and elegant as any florist-made bouquet!
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