Today I’m going to show you how to arrange flowers using tips from event designer and planner, Matthew Robbins. Matthew has been a contributing editor for Martha Stewart Weddings for over 15 years, among other popular publications. After watching one of his videos, I realized the mistakes I was making with my own flower arrangements.
I prefer floral arrangements that aren’t perfectly symmetrical. My favorite bouquets look more natural – like they were picked fresh from the field and tossed into a vase without much thought.
The first thing you need to do when arranging flowers is to choose a vase. For today’s arrangement I decided to use the little DIY rustic flower vase I made a few weeks ago.
I found beautiful flowers at the grocery store and put them in water as soon as I got home. Unfortunately, they didn’t have much in the way of greenery. Lucky for me, I have bushes in the yard with pretty foliage so I cut a few branches for the arrangement. My little friend Felix has been jumping up on the kitchen shelf when I’m not home. He’s broken 2 pitchers so I cleared a spot to make him happy and keep my ironstone safe.
After filling your vase with water and preservatives, Matthew Robbins advises adding your green boughs. This is the first mistake I’ve been making. I usually add the greenery at the end.
Next, add floral stems that are similar length to your greenery. I chose a pretty pale blue. You can skip this step if you don’t have long floral stems.
Next, place your largest flowers in the vase. I used white mums.
Add slightly smaller flowers – I chose pale orange gerbera daisies. I like the warmth of orange against the cool blue and white.
Finally, add your smallest flower or small floral sprays. I used a slightly darker orange – I don’t know the name of this flower, unfortunately. Small sprays are good for filling in any gaping holes.
This was such a fun arrangement to make, and it was so much easier following Matthew Robbins’ instructions.
Be sure to watch his video at the end of this post and then follow along to create your own stunning bouquet.