Whether it's a full-on centerpiece or a mason jar full of flowers from your garden, a flower arrangement brings a breath of fresh air into your living space, especially in the colder months when you're less likely to see flowers outside. Before you buy an expensive bouquet, consider choosing and arranging the flowers yourself. It's a relaxing creative activity that lets you match or play off of your existing decor while saving money. Here are some tips from Better Homes and Gardens and blogger Mateja Holter:
- First, create a grid in the opening of your vase with scotch tape, or place floral foam in the bottom of the vase. This will help to keep the arrangement in place while you're deciding which flowers to put where.
- Think about which flowers you want to be the focus of the arrangement. Usually, these are the larger flowers, such as roses, hydrangeas or sunflowers. Leave the stems of your focal flowers longer than the others' and choose an anchoring placement for them, either in the center or on opposite sides of the vase.
- Pay attention to the angles. Stems of flowers have a "back" and a "face" — make sure to place them so that the "face" faces outward toward the viewer. If the arrangement is going to sit against a wall, all the "faces" should point away from the wall, and the tallest flowers should be placed in the back.
- Once you're done with the main flowers, add accents. These smaller flowers and plants, such as baby's breath or winter holly, may seem like filler, but they are crucial for providing contrast and variety in the bouquet.
- Get creative with color. Contrast darks with brights for a dramatic centerpiece, or stick to a more monochromatic look for simplicity.
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