Beginner’s Guide to DIY Floral Arrangements

Last Updated: May 25, 2022By Tags: , ,

You’re looking for gorgeous decor to add to your home or upcoming event, but professional floral arrangements can come with sticker shock. You don’t have to double your spending plan to make a room look beautiful. Consider creating your own centerpieces instead. It’s easier than you think, and you and your friends can have fun working on this project together.

Here are some easy ways to create whatever flower arrangements you want without breaking the bank.

Beginner’s Guide to DIY Floral Arrangements

Beginner’s Guide to DIY Floral Arrangements

1. Pick Only Flowers You Love

You’ve likely heard feedback from loved ones about how you should decorate your living space or prepare for a party. Everyone will have opinions, but you don’t have to listen to them. When someone suggests using flowers you don’t like, tell them you’d rather keep looking. You’ll only enjoy your DIY floral arrangements if they showcase your favorite types of flowers.

2. Decide on the Size

Centerpieces should look stunning, but they shouldn’t ruin everyone’s experience. Flowers in table vases should be 12 to 24 inches tall at a maximum so they don’t block anyone’s view. It wouldn’t be fun for you or your guests to spend all night leaning around flowers just to have a conversation over dinner.

Figure out the size of your floral arrangements early in the process. You could measure a bouquet in a vase on your kitchen table or a display arrangement in a craft store. Saving that maximum height estimation by snapping a picture or writing the height in an event planning journal will make creating everything much easier.

3. Check the Season

Beginner’s Guide to DIY Floral Arrangements- check the season

You might browse floral shop collections online and wonder why some are more expensive than others. The number of flowers in each arrangement and their size plays an important role in pricing, but the shop owners also have to consider what’s in season.

You should do the same thing when learning to make DIY floral arrangements. You’ll save time and money by looking up what’s in season at that time. Buying daffodils in April or selecting roses in June means your flowers will be abundantly available, low-cost, and easy to find.

4. Match With Your Wedding Colors

Consider your home’s color scheme or your event’s decorations before purchasing any flowers. You may have already selected two or three shades to guide your decor choices. Use them as inspiration for your flower selection.

Pale pink peonies and baby’s breath would look lovely on your kitchen table because they have a laid-back elegance. You may also have a bold concept that uses a gothic red-and-black combination for a Halloween party. Matching wine-red mums with black irises would look much better with that type of event than traditional flower colors.

5. Coordinate With Your Theme

Considering your house’s theme is another essential step in making DIY floral arrangements. If you haven’t picked one by now, browse popular interior design themes to see which options match your personality or vision.

Bohemian-themed flowers will look much different than arrangements inspired by minimalist motifs. Centerpieces and floral decor that conflict with the rest of your home or party’s vibe could ruin the cohesive nature of your decorations.

6. Start With Your Main Flowers

Start with your main flowers

You can start creating the actual arrangements after making these crucial decisions. Begin with whatever types of flowers will be the focal point of each centerpiece or vase. Those would be the biggest buds with the most striking colors. Collect them on your kitchen table or counter and get a pair of scissors ready.

Experts recommend cutting flower stems at a 45-degree angle to increase the surface area that can absorb water. It’s more effective than cutting straight across because the entire stem would then press directly against the bottom of the vase. Your flowers will last longer with a slight angle trimmed to the right height for your arrangements.

7. Choose a Container

It’s tempting to fill each vase with water nearly to the brim, but avoid doing this. You’ll only increase the chance of soaking the stems and making them vulnerable to rot. It’s better to fill each vase halfway with water and refill it every two days. Otherwise, the standing water will
become home to mold and rot. Your flowers need to last for your efforts, which may also require staying fresh for the few days leading up to your event or dinner party.

8. Pick Your Greenery

add greenery

Flower arrangements only look full with extra greenery. Stems with lots of leaves add bulk and keep everything in perfect shape. Think about which flowers you’ll use and your design theme before picking additional filler greenery like:
● Dusty miller
● Bells of Ireland
● Holly
● Leather leaf fern
You’ll immediately enhance the look of every arrangement by adjusting the flowers around the greenery. Stick the new additions around the outside of your flowers and within them to determine where they look best.

9. Find Filler Flowers

Filler flower- baby's breath

You could also swap greenery with filler flowers if you don’t want anything too bulky or green. Sometimes a subtle floral touch is exactly what people need to make arrangements for their tables, mantle decor or entryway planters. Consider filler options like:
● Baby’s breath
● Queen Anne’s lace
● Snapdragons
● Sweet peas
They’ll add the bulk you’re looking for without layering rich green visuals with extra leaves. Minimalist and vintage themes often benefit more from this type of arrangement as it creates subtle, beautiful decor.

10. Test the Arrangements

You can always make a flower arrangement as a test. Play around with placement and size before putting it where it would go in your home or at your party. You could place the vase on your kitchen table to see if it disrupts conversations with whoever sits across from you. It’s also an excellent opportunity to see how your arrangement looks in different lighting while snapping a few pictures.

11. Create DIY Floral Arrangements

Use this beginner’s guide to DIY floral arrangements to create the ultimate decor for your home or upcoming party. Whether you need centerpieces or general floral decor, you’ll select the best flowers, sizes, and fillers to save money and time. You’ll end up with unique personal, meaningful and beautiful arrangements that add so much to your life.

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