DIY Holiday Floral Arrangement (that only LOOKS hard!)
An eye-catching floral arrangement makes a holiday table just that much more special. There’s something about fresh flowers that just really adds an elegant touch to an event. The problem is that fresh flowers can get pretty pricey (and sometimes for good reason – the cost of out-of-season blooms, the artistry of a florist, etc.). So what’s a host with a real-world budget to do? Arrange them yourself, of course! Today I’m going to show you how to make a gorgeous, festive DIY holiday floral arrangement in just a few simple steps and with flowers you can pick up at the grocery store.
I have a confession to make… I actually created this arrangement last Christmas! I took the photos, intending to post the tutorial last season, but never got around to it. We were visiting our family in Mexico City for my sister-in-law’s wedding, and somehow I just didn’t find the time to post! I found the photos when I was cleaning up my computer and thought “better late than never”. 🙂
To make this arrangement, you need a few simple materials and about 45 minutes. If you’ve never arranged flowers before and the thought scares you, take heart: it really isn’t as difficult as it looks.
- An assortment of flowers in your desired colour scheme (I used three market bunches: white roses, red alstroemeria, and white hydrangea)
- A few stems of greenery
- A low, square or round vase
- A tin can
- Oasis floral foam
- Filler for the bottom of the can (I used corks. Rocks or styrofoam would also work.)
- Beads or garland
- White paper
- Floral shears or sharp scissors
- Begin by assembling your vase and can. I used the corks to fill the bottom of the tin can, so that my floral foam would sit up higher (and I wouldn’t need to use as much).
2. Cut your floral foam to the size of your can. Make sure that it is higher than the top of the can, by about three inches. Soak it in water until it is wet through and place it in the can. You can wrap the can with paper of a similar colour to your garland (so that if you miss covering a spot with the garland, it will be less noticeable). Fill in between the vase and can with the beaded garland. *There are many ways to do this type of trick: you could use any number of fillers, such as coffee beans, beads, foliage, fake snow, etc.*
3. Begin your arrangement by cutting a few short stems of greenery (I used a combination of ruscus and hydrangea leaves). Insert four larger pieces into the sides (at an upward angle) in a North-South-East-West arrangement, with four slightly smaller pieces in a NE-NW-SE-SW arrangement. Insert 5-7 pieces of greenery into the top of the arrangement.
4. Add several of your larger flowers (roses, in my case) to the top and sides of your arrangement. Remember to keep the stems cut quite short (3-4 inches). The flowers on the sides should also be inserted at an upward angle.
5. Add some filler blooms to your arrangement, turning it frequently so that you don’t miss any spots.
6. Once you are pleased with the basic shape and layout of your arrangement, continue to fill it in with other blooms. Try to keep arranging the flowers to create a round shape.
Don’t be afraid to add some flowers that are still in bud (like the unopened lilies in mine)! They add visual interest and longevity to the arrangement.
7. To finish your arrangement, you can add some sprays of green fronds. I like the touch of whimsy they add!
One of the keys to a successful floral arrangement it to look at it from all angles: are the bare spots? If you place it on a table and sit at the table do you see any of the floral foam peeking through? But don’t make your arrangement too tall if you are going to put it on a table! The general rule-of-thumb is no higher than the length of your elbow to fist.
Did you know how simple it is to make this type of arrangement? I think the trickiest part is actually filling the vase with the garland! Certainly it was the fiddliest step. 🙂
So have you ever attempted any DIY floral arrangements? If you’re looking for more DIY flower inspiration, you can find all of my posts HERE! Would you consider making your own centrepiece, now that you know how easy it can be? Leave me a comment – I love to hear your feedback.
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Next week is home tour time! Eee! I can’t wait to show you all of the decorations I’ve been making to get our house gussied up for Christmas. Speaking of which, I’m not even close to done, so I’d better get moving. Until next time!
Find all of my holiday and winter-themed posts HERE!