Have you ever gone to the store and snatched up a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers only to get home and realize you don't know what the heck to do with them other than throw them in a mason jar? Yeah, it's an epidemic. Will those flowers still look beautiful in a mason jar? Absolutely! But why not take a few minutes to create a work of art?
Today on the blog, I'm going to show you step-by-step how to create a beautiful centerpiece with flowers you can get today at the farmers market and a local grocery store.
Let's get started!
At Petal, we put a lot of emphasis on trying to use local flowers. All of the flowers used in this arrangement were sourced from a local flower garden and Fresh Market grocery store.
Our arrangement recipe includes:
- 1 bunch of dahlias
- 1 bunch of zinnias
- 1 bunch of spray roses
- 1 stem of hydrangea
- 1 stem of hanging amaranthus
- greens (we used mostly wild olive) foraged from the forest
- a few stems of lavender
- half a block of oasis flower foam
- lazy susan (optional)
Step One: Soak the foam
Literally though, soak your foam. Foam is awesome because once you stick your flowers in it, they're in for good. It's basically like your mom's Aqua Net hairspray. And for all you environmentalists out there, it is now BIODEGRADABLE! (This one goes out to you, Mother Earth.)
Let the foam get fully saturated in the water so your flowers can have something to drink once they get placed in the foam.
Once your foam is fully saturated, go ahead and put it in your vase of choice. Next, pour as much water as you can into the vase because the foam will continue to soak up water as the flowers drink up.
Step 2: Setup
This might look a bit silly; however, the best florists out there make all of their arrangements just like so. Get a bucket, flip it over, and place a lazy susan on top with your vase. This way you can easily turn your arrangement and ensure it is a work of art from all sides. Also, this allows you to see your arrangement from a lower angle which helps in making sure there aren't holes left near the bottom of the vase. We promise, you won't go wrong with a lazy susan.
Now, you're ready to arrange!
Step Three: Greens, greens, & more greens
Always start with your greens, no matter what. Your greens are going to form the frame for your entire arrangement. They give it shape and movement and help establish the asymmetrical style we, here at Petal, always strive for.
When cutting any of your stems, cut at an angle. This will make your stem really sharp and help it to easily penetrate the foam.
Bonus Tip: Always recut your stems on an angle taking off about an inch when you get home and promptly place them in fresh water to re-hydrate from the ride home soaking up clean, treated water. They'll last longer and look fresher.
In order to achieve asymmetry, make one end of your arrangement the high end and the other the low with a dip in the middle of the arrangement.
Also, use your lazy susan. Turn your arrangement and look at it from all sides. Try and ensure no side is too flat. Have some whimsy branches that come out at you.
Notice how the larger leaves are used towards the bottom of the arrangement? This can be helpful to cover up the foam.
We are firm believers that your greens should be arranged well enough that they could almost be an arrangement by themselves. Never underestimate the power of pretty greens.
Step Four: Filler Flowers
There is a kind of classification for certain types of flowers. "Filler flowers," if you will, are the flowers that are larger and help fill space but aren't necessarily what will catch your eye at first when the arrangement is finished. However, they are still just as important. In this arrangement , I'm using the hydrangea and the hanging amaranthus as fillers because they are large and fill in a lot of the gaps that would be left empty without them. They help your arrangements look larger and more dramatic. Fill in with your filler flowers after the greens.
And don't forget to keep thinking about your shape every time you add another flower. See the hanging amaranthus toward the bottom right? It's adding to the low side by bring your eye downward.
Step Five: Face Flowers & Whimsical Touches
Face flowers are the big guys. They are what you will first look at and recognize when you see an arrangement. Often times, these are the more expensive flowers such as peonies, garden roses, dahlias, etc. These are the swoon worthy flowers. Add these next. We tend to group them together with a buddy or in clusters because it seems more natural.
Whimsical touches are stems that are long and add movement to your arrangement. They give it that organic, garden inspired, dreamy feel. The zinnia, for instance, (in the left of the photo) that is stretching toward the sky adds so much movement to the arrangement. We also added a few stems of lavender.
It's as simple as that! So don't be afraid to hit up the farmers market and get your flower arranging on! We'd love to see what you put together. Just tag us on Instagram at @petalflowerco so we can sing your praises!