With these basic tips for flower arranging for busy moms, you will be able to bring life to your table or home décor with fresh flowers. You can create gorgeous centerpieces for your home or save some money by doing arrangements for a party or special occasion yourself. All you need is a few tips and a little practice to pull off some one-of-a-kind fragrant pieces that suit your own style. Here are a few tips and tricks for finding the right flowers, for preparing, arranging, and caring for your flowers.
- Visit floral districts offer a variety of inspiring, fresh-cut, wholesale flowers and greenery.
- Check discount superstores, such as Sam’s Club or Costco, for inexpensive flowers.
- Choose both large and small flowers in various shapes, textures, and lengths.
- Pick flowers that are similar in color and hue for a monochromatic bouquet.
- Consider picking some flower fillers, such as baby’s breath or other assorted greenery.
Preparing & Feeding Your Flowers
- Once you have chosen your flowers, put them in lukewarm water mixed with a floral preservative (flower food).
- Make your own flower food with a tablespoon of sugar, a tablespoon of white vinegar, and a quart of water.
- Another recipe for flower food calls for mixing a citrus soda, like 7-Up or Sprite, 50/50 with water.
- Make a fresh cut and trim about an inch off the bottom of the stems.
- Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle to help prolong their lives.
- Leave them in the water for a couple of days before you start arranging them.
Materials You May Need
- Rubber gloves
- Knife or clippers
- Flower shears
- Flower frog or floral foam
- Floral tape
- Vase or other containers
- Flower preservative
Prepping Your Flowers
- Seat eye level with the arrangement for a good perspective and angle.
- Wear rubber gloves.
- Remove thorns or sharp edges with a sharp knife at an angle or clippers at the base of the thorn.
- Make another fresh 45-degree angle cut before you put the flowers in your arrangement, and trim any leaves that will be submerged in water.
- Leaves that stay in water have a tendency to rot, contaminating the water and allowing the flowers to die quicker.
Arranging Your Flowers
- Start your arrangement with floral foam or a flower frog to keep the stems in place and stabilized.
- If you don’t have a flower frog, you can use chicken wire.
- If you use foam, make sure you water the arrangement every couple of days.
- As you build, take a step back every once in a while to make sure no empty spots or holes need to be filled.