There's nothing better than a bouquet of fresh flowers to brighten up your home, unless it's a bouquet of fresh flowers that you put together yourself. You don't have to be a professional florist to learn how to make your own beautiful arrangements. Here are some tips for beginners:
- Build a foundation: Real Simple magazine recommends creating a "base" for your arrangement using foliage, such as ferns, leaves or baby's breath, that touches the lip of the base. Don't worry about making it perfectly even — a little asymmetry can be pleasing to the eye.
- Don't stress: HGTV tells us that most people underestimate the natural resilience of fresh blooms, so don't be afraid to touch the petals and have fun!
- Get the right tools: Florist Kevin Sharkey tells Martha Stewart that it's important to have the proper tools, such as pruning shears, a floral knife and clear tape. If you're creating a minimalist arrangement, floral foam can keep everything in place.
- Just add water: Don't leave your flowers sitting around after you buy them, says Better Homes & Gardens, or they will quickly wilt. As soon as you get them home, put them in a bucket of tepid water. Then you can arrange them in a vase at your leisure.
- Use the right vase: No matter how beautiful your arrangement is, it won't look attractive in an ugly container, so be sure to invest in a high-quality, elegant vase. Our stainless steel version is 9.4 inches tall — the perfect height for a classic bouquet. Adding flower preservative (available at florists' shops) can help the blooms stay pretty longer.
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