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DIY Flower Arranging

DIY Flower Arranging - Go Gingham StyleLet me go on record here:  I am not a floral designer and up until this project, I had no experience with fancy flowers.  My expertise is in easy, cut from the yard flower arrangements. I am a “Do It Yourself Type of Gal” especially if it involves saving money!  When a friend asks for help with a project, I’m always willing to lend a hand.  When my friend, Jen, asked me to do the flower arrangements for her husband’s 50th birthday party (which we secretly called his “wedding”), of course I said yes.  The best part of this project was working with these gorgeous flowers.  Jen lives in Carlsbad, California and all the flowers came from the Floral Trade Center. After purchasing the flowers, vases, and floral foam called Oasis, I was ready to roll up my sleeves and try being a flower arranging pro!  Follow these easy steps and you’ll be a DIY Floral Designer, too.

Materials Needed for Floral Arranging:

  1. Pots heavy and deep enough to hold the flowers you choose.
  2. Floral foam to fit tightly in pot.
  3. Floral tape to attach foam to pot.
  4. Sharp scissors to trim flower ends, if needed.

Start with empty, heavy pot.

DIY Flower Arranging - Go Gingham StyleAdd floral foam to the pot.  Fill the bottom with foam.

DIY Flower Arranging - Go Gingham StyleThen add another layer.  This is so you can push flowers into the side of the pot.  Tape down really well.  Don’t worry, cover the tape later.

DIY Flower Arranging - Go Gingham StyleAdd water to the pot.  This will help weight the bottom of the pot.

DIY Flower Arranging - Go Gingham StyleLay out flowers in order of tallest to shortest.  Begin with the tallest flowers in the back of the pot.  Poke the flowers into the foam.  Make sure you push hard, but not too hard that you break the steam.

DIY Flower Arranging - Go Gingham StyleLayer in shorter flowers and greenery.  Work from the front of the pot but keep in mind that your arrangement may be visible from all angles.

DIY Flower Arranging - Go Gingham StyleLayer in greenery and non-flowery pieces for visual interest.  Think of filling in the space from back to front of the arrangement.

DIY Flower Arranging - Go Gingham StyleDone for now…I’m adding the very fragile flowers once the arrangements are transported to the venue.  Adding leaves horizontally makes the arrangement look very full.  This is where the double layer of the floral foam works out well.  Be sure to add leaves and greenery that will hang down the vase too.

DIY Flower Arranging - Go Gingham StyleThe finished project.

DIY Flower Arranging - Go Gingham StyleThese were on tables at the entrance to the party.

DIY Flower Arranging - Go Gingham StyleI taped leaves over the tape on the vases to hide it.  Fold tape and use as double-sided.

DIY Flower Arranging - Go Gingham StyleThe fancy flowers were added the day of the wedding birthday party.  Such pretty flowers make the arrangement, don’t they?

DIY Flower Arranging - Go Gingham StyleI used the leftover flowers for this little arrangement.  Just use LOTS of flowers and you can’t go wrong!

DIY Flower Arranging - Go Gingham StyleDoing this project yourself and not paying someone will save you lots of money.  It didn’t take too much time and was so fun to work with the flowers.  This could be used for your wedding or very special party. If I can do this, anyone can!

Have done your own floral arrangements? Has it saved you money?

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2 thoughts on “DIY Flower Arranging

    1. Thanks, Michelle! The floral foam worked out really well. I had never used it before but highly recommend it.


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