I primarily like to use a grid on a shallow and/or wide-mouth container. You may have an antique bowl, a wide square vase, a tall wide vase, or a stemmed compote container that would be lovely as a centerpiece. The grid will enable you to place flowers exactly where you want them and also offer support for heavy or tall blooms such as sunflowers, hydrangea, gladiolus, or lilies.
For this DIY lesson, I had roses on hand, so that's what I used as our example. This arrangement is a classic cluster of garden roses.
Here are my supplies:
|Scissors, a shallow, footed container, clear tape|
The first step in arranging flowers is to clean the stems and flowers, if needed. For roses, you'll want to remove the thorns and leaves that will be under the water level. Roses also have a protective layer of petals that you can remove as well. They tend to look pretty beaten up from packaging.
Next, you'll make your grid-it should look something like this. You can make the squares as small or large as you'd like depending on the width of the stems. It's usually best to fill the container with water before doing the grid, but I forgot and the tape got a little wet. It still worked!
We're ready for flowers! With roses, I like to start at the bottom edges of the container and work my way up, filling in the holes as I go. You can use this technique without a grid too. Make sure you trim the ends of the flowers at an angle right before placing in water.
|I used about 15 roses, but a dozen would do with fillers and/or greenery.|
With all of the large holes filled in, you can now take any smaller flowers, fillers, or greenery, and work them into the bouquet. I had a little seeded eucalyptus to work with. You'll want to strip off any leaves that will be under the water level.
The finished product!
Make sure your container is filled up with water and refresh every other day or so.
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