DIY Flower Arrangements: How to Make Them Look Professional

Love fresh flowers but don’t want to spend a fortune at the florist? DIY flower arrangements are the way to go. You don’t even need to be a florist at heart to give your arrangements some professional polish. Just follow these flower-arranging tips.

Love fresh flowers but don’t want to spend a fortune at the florist? DIY flower arrangements are the way to go. You don’t even need to be a florist at heart to give your arrangements some professional polish. Just follow these flower-arranging tips to bring a splash of color into your DFW home.

Get Your Blossoms in Water Pronto

When you’re creating DIY flower arrangements, rule number one is to get the flowers in water as soon as you arrive home. Fill a vase with tepid water, add flower food (here’s some helpful info on creating homemade flower food) and then your blooms. Be sure to trim an inch off the stems to help them better absorb water. Also, trim any excess leaves. You don’t want leaves below the water line.

Pick Up Some Florist Foam

If you peek into a professional arrangement, you’ll no doubt see a green piece of foam at the bottom. This florist’s foam helps keep blooming beauties constantly hydrated. You can pick some up at most any craft store around town.

Start with the Big Blooms

When crafting DIY flower arrangements, always add large, heavy flowers first. Place them evenly on all sides of your container, and then fill in with smaller, airier blooms.

Pay Attention to Height

Don’t just grab any container and start placing stems. For a professional-looking arrangement, make your bouquet taller than its container by about one and a half times.

Incorporate Textures

Ever notice how a professionally arranged bouquet isn’t just a single type of flower? Even with a dozen roses, you’ll typically also see baby’s breath or greenery of some kind. A variety of textures makes for a floral arrangement that’s interesting to the eye.

Fill It All In

With your blooms in place, now it’s time to fill in with the excess leaves you trimmed earlier. You can even drape some greenery over the rim of the vase or container.

Provide the Proper Care

Contrary to what you might think, your blooming bouquet shouldn’t be positioned in direct sunlight. You’ll also want to avoid placing directly beneath a heating vent. This will only make the flowers wilt. Remember to also recut the stems and freshen up the water and flower food.

When done appropriately, DIY flower arrangements can look like a million bucks. Not only do fresh flowers add a touch of beauty to your home, but they also have some amazing health benefits. They can increase happiness, reduce depression and anxiety, and even boost emotional contact with friends and family. Care to add some fresh blossoms in your home? We’re with you there.

Image Source: Flickr/liz west

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Audrey Sellers is an award-winning, Dallas-based writer and editor with a background in marketing and promotions. She’s a former magazine editor turned blogger who’s a pro at crafting all kinds of engaging content: blog posts, case studies, feature stories, social media content, and more. When her fingers aren’t flying on her laptop, she’s busy not relaxing with her husband and two young kids.

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