How to Arrange Flowers in Vases
Make Your Own Floral Centerpieces
By Anna K.
December 17, 2011
I have a lot of fond memories of my Aunt Alice's rose garden. She was a flower whiz and with just a few minutes of movement, she can transform an average looking bouquet to something special. A few weeks ago, she visited and gave me a lovely wild flower bouquet.
Aunt Alice gave me several neat tips for SimplyBridal's crafty brides. For instance, did you know that roses with with a tougher layer of outer petals and you should remove them to reveal the softer, prettier inner petals. But this is how she arranges her flowers!
1. Put some pebbles or sand at the bottom of the vase. The weight will help stabilize the vase and help prevent it from tipping over.
2. Prepare your flowers by always cutting at least 1" from the bottom of each stem at an angle. Remove any leaves that will lie below the level of the water in the vase as this will help to keep the flowers fresh and the water clean.
3. Use room temperature water to partially fill the vase and add any flower food that you have. Warm water will encourage closed buds to open more quickly.
4. Place the larger, more dominant flower in first and then add the rest of the flowers. One easy way is to start at the other edge and spiral in. This creates a more even and balanced look. Lastly, add the foliage such as ferns to fill in any gaps.