DIY Flower-Arranging Tips & Tricks for Beginners

A lovely bouquet of fresh and colorful flowers makes any room or living space cozier. Flowers add a touch of nature and beauty to space whether they are intended for romantic purposes or for a festive mood. However, some of the gorgeous floral arrangements are expensive and not all people can afford a flower delivery on special days. Fortunately, the florist offers budget-friendly and affordable flowers that you can use for a unique DIY floral arrangement.

Ranging from simple to extravagant, anyone can DIY a fabulous and out-of-the-box flower arrangement. In fact, some people find it relaxing and fun to put together a unique and creative bouquet of flowers. Luckily, there is no strict rule when it comes to arranging flowers. No matter how it looks, just as long as it satisfies you and impresses you, any floral arrangement is beautiful.

If you are new to arranging floral bouquets, here are the easy-to-follow flower-arranging tips and tricks for beginners:


·Gather the needed materials.

The first step in any DIY flower-arranging project is to gather the needed materials. You don’t have to buy new ones if you already have these items at home. The only thing that you may need for this DIY project is a bunch of fresh flowers.

If you are planning for a simple but impressive floral arrangement, you will need the following materials:

  • Fresh flowers
  • Foliage
  • Vase
  • Shears
  • Thorn stripper
  • Water
  • Preservative solution or bleach
  • Floral Tape (optional)


·Prepare the flowers and foliage.

To prepare the flowers, choose the type that you want in the arrangement, including the foliage to use as fillers. Using shears or scissors cut the bottom edge of the stems at a diagonal angle for better hydration and nourishment. Cut the stem at a height that suits the vase. Clean the stem of each flower by removing the extra leaves, especially the leaves that may touch the water in the flower vase. Don’t forget to clean the foliage as well. In a vertical position, set aside the flowers and foliage in a clean container with clean water.


·Select a vase for the arrangement.

Depending on the size of the flowers, the size and shape of the vase should complement the blooms to make the arrangement more impressive. A medium-sized vase is fit for a medium floral arrangement, and it is best to start with for beginners. Also, the vase should be clean and disinfected before using to prevent bacteria build-up that may affect the freshness and condition of the flowers.

According to the florist, if you choose neutral-colored flowers, it is best to use a colorful vase instead. However, the size and style of the vase matter and the rule of the thumb is to use a vase that is half the size of the flower.

Vase materials:

  • Glass
  • Crystal
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Ceramic

Vase Types:

  • Round
  • Cylinder
  • Square
  • Bottle


·Fill the vase with water and flower preservatives.

Now that you already have a clean vase, fill half of it with water and add preservatives or flower food. The water gets cloudy and dirty after three days, so make sure that you change the water regularly. Also, when you change the water, it is best to clean the vase, too, to keep the arrangement fresher longer.

In adding or replenishing water, keep in mind that the flowers prefer clean water at room temperature. If you put less water on the vase, know that it should be replenished on a daily basis. If the vase is half-filled with water, you can wait for three days to replenish the water or until the water becomes dirty.


·Arrange the flowers.

The florists always say that the best way to start the arrangement is by adding the tallest or the main flower first. The main flower or the focal flower should go first, and then the filler flowers and foliage come next. In case you consider all flowers as focal flowers, you may choose to layer them instead, according to size and shape, placing the blooms with a larger head and stronger stem at the center and the less-sturdy blooms around them.


·Insert the fillers.

The secondary flowers, foliage, and fillers can be inserted through each flower to create an appeal. If you want, you can even alternate the leaves with the blooms or form a lattice pattern for a sturdier arrangement. Some florists, however, prefer to create a crisscrossing pattern using the foliage on the base part, to give emphasis to the blooms.


·Finalize the arrangement.

Now that you are almost done with the floral arrangement, the last step is to finalize it See if there is a gap in between flowers and foliage and fill the gap with some fillers and secondary flowers. You may also rearrange the flowers if desired so that the arrangement will look impressive and attractive. If there are petals and leaves that look wilted or broken, remove them from the stems.

Professional florists are the most reliable persons to go to if you need gorgeous floral bouquets and arrangements. They can give you stunning designs from their signature creations. On the other hand, you can also create your own floral bouquet with the simple tips and tricks provided above. You don’t really have to be professional in the field of floristry to create a fabulous bouquet design. With your skills and creativity, and your natural love for flowers, you will find out that it is easier to DIY a flower arrangement like a pro.