Flower Arranging 101 : A Simple Formula for Lush Arrangements!

3 Materials
$9
30 Minutes
Easy

I don't know about you, but I've always wanted to learn how to put together beautiful arrangements. Of course - without spending tons of money on flowers or florists. I recently took a flower arranging class and I'm sharing what I learned!
flower arranging 101 a simple formula for lush arrangements
When you are just starting out, the easiest way to make a floral arrangement look cohesive is to choose colors that are close to one another on the color wheel. 

Think – pinks and reds, blues and purples, yellows and greens. 

Go Monochrome when in doubt.  This is a great way to make a cohesive looking arrangement.  Choose different varieties of flowers in the same color scheme.

Here's the simple 5 element formula to remember : Height, Filler, Feature, Accent, Vessel

  • Height - determines the height of your arrangment - like branches
  • Filler - determines the shape - think lush and full greenery
  • Feature - the focal point of your arrangment - the star of the show. Choose a big beautiful flower. Group in odd numbers for interest.
  • Accent - smaller flowers that accent the overall arrangement. (carnations are a good one here - great bang for your buck!)
  • Vessel - choose a container that is interesting and pretty. Think outside the box - pumpkins, pitchers and low bowls can make great vessels.

flower arranging 101 a simple formula for lush arrangements
Start with your fillers to determine the shape - here I used Kale.
flower arranging 101 a simple formula for lush arrangements
Fill in with your height - these are branches from my own backyard Free is great!
flower arranging 101 a simple formula for lush arrangements
Accent - Fill in bare spots with your accent flowers.
flower arranging 101 a simple formula for lush arrangements
Time to add your feature flower - I used hydrangeas. Everything is in the maroon family, with the exception of the greens.
flower arranging 101 a simple formula for lush arrangements
You can tweak and move around your items as you see fit. It should look lush and beautiful - whimsical and organic. You want it to look natural and create movement.
flower arranging 101 a simple formula for lush arrangements
Overall - this costs me $9.
Grocery Store : Carnation bunch was $7. Kale Bunch was $1.99.
Greenery and Hydrangeas : Free from my yard
Vase : A family heirloom
Not bad!

For more information on prepping your flowers and more ideas on arranging - go to my website here : https://decorhint.com/diy-flower-arranging-a-simple-formula/
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  • Lbb11775452
    on Sep 23, 2018

    Kale! I never would have imagined using Kale! Thank you for sharing...you created a lovely arrangement!

  • Susan
    17 hours ago

    Beautiful. Will use..Thanks for sharing

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