Vessel of your choice
Small plastic dish (to protect your vessel from water damage)
Bowl of water
Floral shears or sharp scissors
Tall vases (for keeping blooms in water during arranging)
First things first! Choose and prepare your vessel! Select your flowers. In-season blooms will be less expensive and feel right for the time of year. Other varieties, such as roses and orchids, are available year-round.
Create a mix of complementary colors and varieties or choose one shade or variety. Don’t forget to add greenery for texture and color.
Cut the stems at an angle about an inch from the bottom using garden shears. (You may need to cut them shorter depending on the vase.) Then remove any leaves that will sit below the water level of the vase.
Pour water into the vase. If your flowers came with a preservative solution, add it now. If your don’t have any, you can use a few drops of bleach to kill off any bacteria and keep the flowers fresh. Start by adding the largest flowers first, working in a circle and turning the vase as you go to make sure the arrangement is symmetrical.
Layer in the next variety of flower and repeat until all flowers have been added. Finish your arrangement by adding greenery, grasses, or berries for an added touch.
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