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June 6th, 2013 at 5:00 am

DIY Flower Arrangements

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I’ve always admired the gorgeous bouquets my local florist puts together. Flowers are great as gifts for pretty much any occasion and they brighten up a room with pops of color and fragrance. Recently, I decided it was time for me to try my hand at floral arranging. Here’s what I learned:

1)    Start by planning a theme.

A lot of things needs to be considered…color, size, types of flowers, type of vase or base, where it’s going/who you’re giving it to, etc. I like bright, colorful bouquets myself.

2)    Purchase materials.

You’ll need a base, flowers, filler (berries, leafy plants, babies breath, etc.), and possibly floral foam or plastic water dish. Other materials you might need, you probably have around the house: scissors or floral shears and scotch tape.

3)    Form the base.

Your base can really be anything…use your imagination. You can use a regular vase or get creative with a wide curved bowl, a basket, or even a chalice for a smaller arrangement. If you decide to use a wide base, make a grid with the scotch tape so you are able to use it as a guide. If you use the floral foam, cut it to fit your base and then soak it in water before you add your florals.

4)    Work from the outside in.

Choose leafy greens and place them along the outside of the base, draping over the lip slightly. Work your way inside, alternating different sizes…I like to work in floral “rings.” I also prefer to leave the berry/delicate filler to the end and disperse it throughout wherever it looks good. Sometimes very delicate filler needs to be placed in bunches, and can be kept together by wrapping thin wire around a few sprigs. Keep in mind that most arrangements need dimension, so clip your stems at different lengths that look best…it creates “levels” and allows all the different flowers to show through at all angles.

If you’re looking for a really simple tutorial to wet your feet with, Weddingchicks.com offers this great step-by-step guide for making the gorgeous arrangement shown above. Martha Stewart also offers her expertise with these flower arranging tips.

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