IDEAS FOR THE HOME: Tips to Make Flower Arrangement Easy

You don’t need to have a professional background in floral design to create an impressive arrangement. There are some really simple tricks to putting together a quick floral arrangement that you can master in minutes. Here are some ideas to get you started.

You don’t need to have a professional background in floral design to create an impressive arrangement.

There are some really simple tricks to putting together a quick floral arrangement that you can master in minutes.

Here are some ideas to get you started.


Floral ribbon

This is a must for a wide-mouthed vase or tall container. Have you ever tried arranging flowers in a large bowl?

It is difficult because the flowers fall from the sides. Use floral tape to form a grid over the top of the container to help support your arrangement. If you don’t have floral tape on hand (you can get some at florists and craft stores), this idea can also be done with regular scotch tape or masking tape.

Make sure your bowl is completely dry when you apply the tape grid.


Bubble wrap

If you want to create a floating flower arrangement, this tip is for you. The flowers are beautiful when floating in water in a large container.

However, most flowers tend to sag over time. If you cut a piece of transparent bubble wrap and form a little skirt under the flower head, the flower will float for hours.


Flower frogs

These little frogs are worth the investment if you enjoy making occasional flower arrangements for your home. You can find them in flower shops. They are often found in lead, glass and pottery versions and will hold even the most delicate floral arrangement in place.


Disguise your stems

If you’re using a clear vase, it can be difficult to conceal the messy stems in the water. Using a green leaf, such as an aspidistra, will solve this problem. Simply wrap the green leaf in the vase and add water. Grocery stores also carry artificial green wraps that you can purchase.


Vase in a vase

This is probably one of my favorite ways to spice up a flower arrangement. Simply insert a smaller vase into a larger one. Add lemons or limes around the small vase and fill the small vase with water. It’s a wonderful way to add drama and pizzazz to a simple floral arrangement.

When in Doubt, Stick to One Flower Type

Sometimes it’s not so easy to combine a group of flowers that all coordinate with each other. If in doubt, it is best to buy four or five bouquets of the same color and type of flower. This look is very elegant and simple and easy to put together. Try calla lilies, tulips and roses in three separate vases.

You will be impressed with the results.

Barb Lunter is a freelance writer with a passion for home decor, entertainment and floral design. bludogstagingandredesign.com

Rosalie M. Dehner