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Flower Arranging: How to Arrange Flowers in a Vase

Our easy guide to show you how to create a gorgeous floral arrangement in a vase.

    Our video guide covers:
  • What equipment you'll need
  • How to prepare your stems
  • Tips and Ideas for arranging your flowers
All Flying Flowers bouquets are delivered beautifully arranged - just trim the stems and place in a vase, or if you want to get creative and have some fun with your bouquet just follow our guide!

We’re working with Morgan Douglas Nuth, an award winning florist with almost 25 years’ experience, who inspires many of our most beautiful and best-selling bouquets. Learn more about Morgan >

How to prepare your stems

 

Strip Leaves that Fall Below the Waterline

Carefully strip any leaves or foliage from each stem, this helps prevent bacteria in your vase and your flowers will look fresher for longer.

Tips and Ideas for Arranging your Flowers

Be inspired by your vase! Let the vase shape inspire your arrangement. In our example we use a round medium height vase, this is best suited to round arrangements, but have a go at improvising according to the vase shape.

The 'Rule of Thirds'

Cut your stems according the height of your vase, so that your arrangement extends 1/3 or 2/3 the total height of the vase. So if the vase is 25cm (10 inches) then the overall arrangement should be about 75cm (30 inches).

Where to Cut Your Flowers

Be careful to cut away from notches (nodules or nodes) in the stem. For even better results cut them at an angle, this will help them drink more water so you can enjoy them for longer.

Cut and Place into the Vase

Don’t let flowers dry out - make your flowers last longer by cutting each stem as you are about to place it into the vase. Roses are especially prone to sealing soon after they’ve been cut.

Criss-Cross Your Stems

Place the flowers at a slight angle in the vase, using a criss-cross method as you place in more stems, this creates a more professional finish and holds the arrangement in place

Arrange Your Flowers In the Vase Using Layers

For best results, gradually build up your arrangement creating layers of flowers. This technique is perfect for beginners, as it will make arranging them much easier.

  • 1. Greenery first - Anything without a typical flower at its head use these to build as a base first, this will give you a base to build from
  • 2. Then smaller flower heads or more subtle colours - These are your 'filler stems', they will add shape to the arrangement before you add…
  • 3. Colourful/large or most impressive flowers last - These 'focus stems' form the show stopping element to your arrangement, they may be the brightest, largest or simply the most stunning flowers that you have.

Use a Centrepiece Flower

This does not need to be the biggest or brightest flower, but the one which will show off the rest of your arrangement the best.

Odd Numbers Look Better

" Especially in a round arrangement as they add balance. Don’t count your centrepiece flower though; in our example the centrepiece rose is surrounded by 3 other roses, this is perfect! "

Arrange Colours and Flower Types Evenly

Spread colours and flower types evenly, so if you have lots of roses and lilies, try to make sure that all the roses are not on one side.

Replace and Repeat until Perfect

" Don’t worry if you don’t get it right first time, you may need to move your flowers around to find the perfect combination"

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