DIY flower arrangements range from basic to extravagant. Don't let the more elaborate florals intimidate you. Remember, you don't need to be a professional florist to put together a creative bouquet. All sorts of people with varying skill levels find that arranging flowers is fun and therapeutic.
While there are no strict rules, we've highlighted some helpful tips to get you started. Keep in mind that this is a subjective craft, and you get to decide what looks good and what doesn't. Let these flower arrangement ideas serve as a jumping-off point for what may become a really rewarding hobby. Not only do they spruce up your home but they also serve as lovely gifts.
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Pick 5 Stems With Varying Textures
To create a professional-looking flower arrangement on a budget, pick up five stem varieties from your local grocery store. Make sure to vary the color, texture, and size of each flower.
To Get Started
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- Place the largest bloom first. This will act as your focal point.
- Add accents, greenery, and a pop of color until you reach the desired look.
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Use a Hair Tie to Keep Roses Together
One way to ensure your flower bouquet won't budge is to secure the stems with a hair tie, like what Cup of Jo did here. Carefully cross the stems over one another, then tie the blooms together.Continue to 3 of 24 below.
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Put Branches From the Yard Inside a Glass Globe
One inexpensive way to make a flower arrangement is by using seasonal blooms from your yard. When your bushes and plants are near the end of their bloom cycle, take some cuttings indoors to enjoy them. Glass globes work well for arranging larger branches and stems.Continue to 4 of 24 below.
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Bunch the Same Flower Together Inside a Watering Can
Choose one flower in the same color for this floral arrangement. Read the tutorial from Mom Foodie to learn how she keeps the flowers from drooping over the edges of the can. Before you know it, you'll have a full, lush floral arrangement.Continue to 5 of 24 below.
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Use Bright Pops of Color for Party Décor
Some of the most memorable flower arrangements have unusual, bright flowers that look like a firework of color and texture. To make this arrangement, head to the local florist and pick out some specialty blooms. Group the florals together to create the desired shape, then use florist tape to secure the stems together.Continue to 6 of 24 below.
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Choose Old World Flowers and Antique Containers
Leave it to the professionals to inspire us with masterful floral arrangements that evoke sentiment and old-world charm. You can incorporate this vibe into DIY floral arrangements by repurposing antique vessels, choosing heirloom flowers, and sticking to a vintage-inspired color palette.Continue to 7 of 24 below.
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Mix in Grapefruit or Other Citrus Fruits
If you're using a large clear vase and want to hide the stems of your flower arrangement, layer some citrus slices around the perimeter. Check out Refresh Restyle's tutorial to help make any inexpensive pre-made bouquet look much more refined.Continue to 8 of 24 below.
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Criss Cross the Same Flower Inside a Glass Jar
This flower arrangement is easy to recreate using faux flowers and glass jars. The criss-cross stems, milk bottle grouping, and bright blooms make a bouquet guests won't be able to take their eyes off of.Continue to 9 of 24 below.
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Build a Rose Centerpiece Using Floral Foam
Floral foam gives you more control over the finished floral arrangement. By using floral foam as a base, flowers will remain in their desired position longer, and you'll be able to create fuller looking centerpieces. Sanctuary Home Decor gives a great tutorial on building a breathtaking arrangement using roses and floral foam.Continue to 10 of 24 below.
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Create Fuller Arrangements Using Filler Flowers
Don't make the mistake of buying a bouquet and dropping it into the vase as-is. These flowers will stand upright and will not look as voluminous as they could. Instead, spend a few minutes arranging to help them reach their full potential. Earnest Home Co has some great hacks for making this possible.Continue to 11 of 24 below.
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Line Up Vases Inside a Wooden Drawer
To arrange flowers inside a wooden box centerpiece, line the inside with a row of small glass vases. The vases should be shorter than the box so they remain hidden. The Turquoise Home has your guide to making this set of mini arrangements look stunning in any room in your house.Continue to 12 of 24 below.
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Create a Floral Tablescape Using Vintage Bottles
If the idea of arranging flowers together is daunting, consider layering a bunch of small bottles with single stems inside. Cut the stems to fit each bottle size and style them along the length of any table. This is great for everything from dinner parties to weddings. Just think of how cute they'd be next to your table holders!Continue to 13 of 24 below.
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Create a Grid to Arrange Flowers
Yummy Mummy Kitchen shows you how to make a grid pattern at the top of any vase using tape. This step helps the flowers lay better, look more professional, and prevents them from grouping together at the edge of the vase.Continue to 14 of 24 below.
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Add Some Vegetables in With Your Flowers
Many creative florists have incorporated a variety of produce into their flower arrangements. This Easter-inspired arrangement uses a hollowed-out cabbage and tulips to create a very unique bouquet.
Other Vegetables to Try
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Wrap a Custom Bouquet for a Gift
Upgrade a standard grocery store bouquet with a custom wrap that's perfect for gift giving. You can even take the time to create your own bouquets using a variety of flowers that appeal to you or your loved one.Continue to 16 of 24 below.
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Let Lilacs Overflow out of a Pitcher
Lilacs are incredibly beautiful and fragrant, but they don't last long in flower arrangements. Jojotastic's post has a plethora of great tips and tricks for making them last longer and keeping them vibrant. Adding them to a pitcher is a unique touch that strays from the look of a classic vase.Continue to 17 of 24 below.
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Put Tulips in a Tall Vase to Prevent Drooping
Tulips are a gorgeous welcoming sign of spring. However, tulip arrangements can go from looking great to drooping onto the table in a matter of days (or hours). To prevent the stems from falling over, some floral designers have opted to use tall vases that keep the blooms upright, such as this arrangement from Faeries and Fauna.Continue to 18 of 24 below.
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Use an Assortment of Vases Inside a Milk Bottle Holder
Use a collection of vintage milk glass vases for this DIY farmhouse-style flower arrangement. An Inspired Nest uses several vases with varying heights to take a store-bought bouquet from good to gorgeous.Continue to 19 of 24 below.
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Arrange Flowers by Color
One way to draw attention to a flower arrangement is by arranging the stems in rainbow order. If you are having trouble thinking of flowers in every color of the rainbow, check out It's in the Details' vibrant template to get this look.
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Add 3 Flowers to 3 Small Vases
DIY flower arrangements don't have to be fancy and you don't have to overthink it. When in doubt, grab a few different flowers, cut them to size, and bunch them inside three small vases. Lia Griffith's arrangement keeps interest by adding various heights of florals to the grouping.Continue to 21 of 24 below.
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Create an Arrangement That Looks Good From All Angles
So many flower arrangements are full, cascading, and asymmetrical. For this arrangement, focus on making everything symmetrical. The end result will look beautiful no matter where you're standing.
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Don't Be Afraid to Go Big
When creating arrangements for events, the larger the better. Don't keep the flowers nestled close to the vase. Cascade them upward and outward for a really dramatic effect as shown here in Sugar and Charm's arrangement.Continue to 23 of 24 below.
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Open Up Rose Buds for a Photo-Worthy Arrangement
It's possible to manually open a fragile rose bloom without damaging it. This trick of the trade is especially helpful when you are creating an arrangement for an event that day, and you don't have time for the roses to open on their own. Home Stories A to Z has you covered when it comes to this florist trick.Continue to 24 of 24 below.
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