DIY: Flower Arranging Simplified

I learned this trick from one of my high school friend’s mom years ago.  She is the quintessential southern mom and entertainer, so each time I have the opportunity to attend a shower,tea, or coffee that she is coordinating I make sure to take notes.  Want to see why….

This was from the Wedding Coffee they threw in my honor last Spring.  She just whips this up in a matter of moments.  It’s pretty amazing to watch!

I’m horrible at arranging live flowers.  It’s like I try to cram everything in the same place and end up with one side really over-weighing the other one…but using this little trick it’s a breeze to make sure you have things evenly placed.  It makes me *almost* look like I know what I’m doing….

Ignore the flowers in these photos, I used some leftover flowers my hubby gave me to get a bit more life out of them before they went into the trash and mixed in some of the knock-out roses & greenery from right outside our front door.

Supplies Needed:

  • Container to use for arrangement.
  • Floral Tape (or other waterproof tape)
  • Flowers & Greenery for arrangement
  • Snips or Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Take out your container and place it on a solid surface.  I like to use our milk glass leftover from the wedding, but a simple glass square from Dollar Tree would also work great.  Try to choose something with a wider opening so you can build your arrangement out with a bit more space.
  2. Use scissors to cut strips of your floral tape that stretch the width of your container opening.  If floral tape is wider you might need to snip it in half width wise for ease of arrangement.
  3. Starting at one edge of the opening carefully place tape strips across the mouth of the container making sure to evenly space them apart all the way to the other side of the container.
  4. Turn the container and repeat this process going the other direction to create yourself a grid of sorts.
  5. Trim the stems of your flowers to be the depth of your container.  Make sure to leave a couple that are a bit longer to use in the middle.
  6. Starting in the center, using slightly longer stemmed flowers, carefully insert one flower stem into one open square of your tape grid.
  7. Carefully add flowers to the grid working from the center to each edge to help create a rounded type of arrangement.
  8. Once finished with your flowers, feel free to go back and insert bits of greenery into the arrangement to fill it out a bit more.
  9. Display!

What about you, have you picked up any entertaining tips from your friend’s parents in your younger years that stuck with you?  If so, by all means share…

PS.  I just realized this was my 100th post!!  :)

    • Jennine
    • April 12th, 2012

    HOW DID SHE make that table runner? Are there pics of it or maybe a how to?! it is absolutely beautiful and would love to make a few… that display is absolutely beautiful.

    Thank you kindly,

    Jennine

    • Deborah Ocasio
    • June 7th, 2010

    Hi what a great tip ! Thank you for sharing. Did you leave the tape or do you remove after the arraignment is completed? Thank you

    Sincerely,
    Debbie O in Idaho

    • yep, you just leave the tape in place while you enjoy your arrangement. You lower level of flower should hide it quite nicely as long as you keep it just on the top of the container. However, I use white medical tape on my milk glass vases since it blends in a bit better than the green floral tape. No one will know you have a tape grid on there but you ;)

  1. Thanks for the tips! Those look great!! Thanks also for linking up for Whatever Goes Wednesday!!

  2. Hi! Found your link over at Women Who Do It All. Love your smurfy header ;)

  3. Wow, great tips! I’m linking to this post in a wedding thing I’m writing at dollar store crafts! Thanks!

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