If you’ve ever been tempted to take a two-hour flower arranging class, you’re in luck. We have an abridged version available for you - straight from the expert florists. Flower arranging can be a very fun and relaxing activity to take on, even just as a hobby. Have a read of our quick guide to see if you’d like to try it at home - even just once. You may be impressed by the beautiful bouquet you’re able to come up with.
What You’ll Need
A vase (or any sort of vessel that can hold your flowers in)
Sharp scissors (if you can, pick up a pair of florists scissors)
Floral tape (optional, but necessary if you want a neat ‘tightly bound’ look to your bouquet)
Wrapping paper (if you’re planning to give the flowers as a gift)
Choosing Your Flowers
There's no strict rule here, we generally recommend letting your creative vision run wild - it's all part of the fun!
However, if you're at a loss:
1) we generally recommend you choose flowers with a theme to them e.g. flowers from a similar colour family
2) It's helpful to think about what greenery is in your garden that you can use for contrast
3) Think about what kind of bouquet you want e.g. small or big, intricate or simple?
4) Different sizes and shapes are fine as long as the stem length is not significantly different
Preparing Your Flowers
Cut the flower stems at 45 degree angle to help the flowers absorb water faster. When cutting try to keep the stems around the same length.
Pull off leaves from the bottom half of each stem, leaves left in water for too long start to rot and sully the water - which flowers don't like).
Time to Arrange Your Flowers!
1) Use your greenery as a base - keeping two to three stems together with florist tape if you have it. This looks better than single stem greenery around a bouquet.
2) Add your large flowers - add the stems next to the bunches of greenery that you created in step 1.
3) Add the smaller flowers - again in the same 'bunching' technique.
4) Fill in any gaps - you can use more greenery here or your smallest flowers. Be thoughtful at this stage keeping a broader perspective of what your bouquet is shaping up to look like. Keep turning the bouquet as you add the final touches to see if it looks balanced and right. Is one side heavier than the other?
Don't overdo the greenery. Too much texture can make the bouquet look busy.
There you have it! That's our quick beginners guide to flower arrangement. Try it at home and #lucysflorist if you want us to repost your flowers on our Instagram! We'd love to see what you created.