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Is there anything better than a beautiful bunch of flowers? I’d argue no. I have somehow always had a knack with arrangements. Like anything, it’s only gotten better with practice. I did the arrangement here for a recent Holiday photo shoot and was super pleased with the results. It’s probably the nicest one I’ve ever done and wanted to share the steps, plus some tips to keep in mind for any arrangements.
What you’ll need:
- 2 dozen roses; prices vary on these. I get mine at Vons for $9.99 a dozen.
- 1 bunch of mixed florists greens; approx. $5.00. Look for interesting stalks of any kind.
- 1 bunch of Bear Grass; approx. $4.00. These are long wispy strips of green.
- 5″ to 6″ inch clear square vase; I bought mine for $7.99.
- Pebbles; a 2lb. bag of these are $3.95 at Crate and Barrel (you won’t even need half of that).
OPTIONAL: A flower frog or floral foam. I’ve never worked with a flower frog, but it looks like it would make my life much easier. You place them in the bottom of vases and they hold flowers in place at very specific angles. Particularly handy for a dense, sculptural arrangement like this. They’re reusable and really pretty genius. Floral foam does the same but personally, it kinda gives me the creeps, I hate how it feels. I’m weird like that…
And off you go…
- Fill your vase with water and place a layer of pebbles along the bottom of the vase.
- Wrap the Bear Grass into a circle and insert into the vase. The easiest way to do this is to place one end in first and swirl and tuck the rest of it.
- Now it’s time to place your roses. Tip: Place your vase at the edge of the table. This way you can hold your flowers up against the edge of the vase and get a good idea of where to cut the stem to the desired height. When in doubt cut longer rather than shorter. Cut off all foliage below the water line. It will only rot and shorten the life of the arrangement.
- As you start to place the roses, the first few will just flop to the edge of the vase. To fill in the center, you just cut the roses a bit shorter. Tip: work slowly and carefully. You’ll get a prettier piece if you do.
- Selectively cut off leaves as you work. You don’t want it too stark or too bushy looking.
- Once you have all the roses in, fill in with greens. Ideally these should stick out above the roses in random spots. And these are perfect for filling in holes.
And that’s it! It’s way easier than it looks. This red and white piece was perfect for Christmas, but you can custom choose colors for the occassion. It’s a small, dense arrangement that’s perfect for a dinner table (you can see your guests over it) and looks way more expensive than the approximately $40 it cost to assemble. And as you should do with all of our how-to’s, proudly exclaim “I made that!”