Flowers are expensive. But you can actually put together a striking arrangement just by sourcing blooms from your neighborhood grocery store. You just need a few pro tips on how to arrange flowers. In the bouquet above, I bought all of my flowers from my local corner store in Brooklyn.
The secret to creating a great arrangement is to use the freshest blooms available. Because I created this bouquet in the middle of winter and supplies are sometimes limited, I bought a potted amaryllis and clipped the bloom as close to the base of the stem as possible. Most stores carry potted amaryllis during the colder months, so it should be easy to find. I used the amaryllis as the primary bloom and then added tulips, roses, carnations, thistle, and eucalyptus. Although I'm partial to the interesting geometry of eucalyptus, you can use almost any green filler to create the foundation for your arrangement. Other common grocery store fillers are ferns and baby's breath.
If you're new to flower arranging, don't fret! Creating a beautiful arrangement is easier than it looks. Here's a quick step-by-step:
- chicken wire
- wire cutters
- floral clippers
- a vase
- flowers of varying shapes and sizes
Cut a 6-by-6-inch square of chicken wire -- the size will vary depending on the size of your vessel, but you basically want to cut a piece large enough to fashion into a ball that should fit snugly in the bottom of your vase. If you have access to a garden or craft store, you can purchase flower foam (make sure it's the kind you can get wet) and place this in the bottom of your vessel instead.
Build a base with the greenery. Start arranging whatever greenery you have using the ball you created with the chicken wire to secure it in place. Try building a base that's slightly asymmetrical to create visual interest.
For most arrangements I usually add all my secondary blooms (those are the smaller, filler-type flowers) and then add my principal blooms (those are the larger showstopping flowers), but with this one I trimmed the amaryllis super short and added it first and built the arrangement in two halves, with the amaryllis taking up the right half and the tulips, carnations, roses, and thistle, the left half. Tulips have the longest, loveliest necks, and I love taking advantage of their downward curving lines, staggering them to create a spilling sort of effect. Then I added the carnations and thistle to fill in any holes I saw. Remember to leave some room around your flowers to let the arrangement breathe. Voila. You have now learned some trade secrets on how to arrange flowers.
Place on your table, surround with delicious plates of food and warm conversation! Here are some tips that will help you set a proper table for your beautiful centerpiece go on.