Tips for Arranging Fresh Flowers

Valentine’s Day is a time when everyone is thinking about flowers but having fresh flowers in your home doesn’t have to be expensive. You can purchase cut flowers and arrange them yourself. It’s easier than you think! The trick is to keep your arrangement simple and fuss-free. First, gather your supplies choosing ordinary objects such as white ironstone pitchers for vases.

Valentines Flowers

Cut your tallest flowers first for the center of your floral arrangement. For the first grouping, I’m using pink and white carnations in a simple white ironstone pitcher. Remove any leaves from the lower end of the stems so there aren’t any sitting in the water. Use floral clippers to get a nice, clean cut.

Pink Carnations

Cut the stems at a diagonal for maximum surface area to take up water. Immediately place the cut stems into your pitcher or vase filled with lukewarm water treated with a floral preservative. Make sure you stir the water so that all the preservative is dissolved.

Pink Roses

Continue cutting your roses making sure the center stems are a bit longer than the roses on the outside. This will create a nice mounding effect. I prefer shorter arrangements, cutting the stems so the flower rises just above the vase’s edge.

Pink and White Roses

For today’s Valentines Day arrangements, I’m using Rose sprays, meaning there are several flowers and stems on one branch. Some of the flowers were in awkward places on the stems, so I cut them off and tucked them in a very small, white pitcher.  Cute and simple!

Pink and White Roses

Flower arrangements don’t need to be fussy and fancy to pack a punch. Sometimes simple is better.

Pink and White Roses

Red roses are the most popular flower of choice for Valentines Day. Using red rose sprays, which are less expensive than single stem roses I might add, cut your stems to the proper length. I’m using another white ironstone pitcher since the flowers will all be in the same room. This will give my arrangements a unified look.

Red Roses

Rose sprays fill the vase more than single stem roses due to their bushy style. For single stems, you might want to add a frog at the bottom of your vase. After the red roses are placed, it’s time to fill out the bouquet with white carnations – or other flower of your choice. Carnations come several flowers to a stem. For flowers that aren’t the proper length, simply snip them where they meet the main stem and use them later. Be sure to place them in another vase with water until you’re ready to use them.

Red Roses and White Carnations

The final step is to add some Baby’s Breath. This dainty flower will provide depth and airiness to your bouquet. You can use taller stems of Baby’s Breath to frame the bouquet, but be sure to tuck some in between your larger flowers for added interest.

Red Roses and White Carnations

Your arrangements don’t have to be perfect. Simply cut your flowers at varying lengths. Sometimes it’s easier to make a bouquet in your hand, and then tuck it into your pitcher. Then fluff it as needed, pulling flowers away from each other so it’s not too tight.

Roses and Carnations

Even a single rose bud in a tiny white pitcher can be pretty when paired with other arrangements.

Carnations and Roses

For another simple look consider using old Mason jars as vases. Their wide mouth lets the flowers fan out.

Pink and White Carnations

Group similar floral arrangements together on your table for a pretty punch. No need to limit yourself to just one!

Roses and Carnations

Roses and Carnations

For just $25, I was able to make 6 floral arrangements! When summer comes, I’ll be able to create bouquets all season long using cut flowers from the garden …  for free!

Roses and Carnations

Other considerations for vases include baskets lined with plastic, enamel buckets, soup cans that you’ve decoupaged or painted. The options are almost limitless! Do you arrange your own flowers or do you prefer professionally made bouquets?

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  1. What a great collection of professionally made bouquet here… Sending fresh flowers, treats, & gourmet gift baskets in time for V-Day is the perfect gift to make her heart sing.

  2. What a great post full of helpful tips! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at ‘Or so she says …’ Hope to see you there!

  3. Very pretty arrangements. I bet your home not only looks lovely, but smells lovely too. I love the fragrance of carnations and how they last for days.

  4. Your arrangements are beautiful, but I’m lusting after your ironstone pitchers! They are gorgeous anyway, but with your flowers, they are spectacular!

  5. Thanks for this helpful tutorial. I’ve been planning this week to use a white stoneware tureen and mass spray roses in it so that I have a low centerpiece — I can see that adding the carnations and baby’s breath will give it more depth. Simple but beautiful!

  6. Very pretty! I’ve always been a little intimidated by flower arranging. If you have the gift it just seems to come naturally! What a great post with great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Such pretty colors, the pinks are always my favorites. I prefer informal arrangements. I think I need to go to the store and pick up some flowers. I notice the roses I grow eek to fall apart much faster than the ones I buy at the store. I have no idea why. You bouquets are lovely.

  8. I always arrange flowers myself as well. It’s less expensive! You did a wonderful job.

  9. Thanks for the wonderful flower arranging tips. I really need some fresh flowers about now as I’m pining away for springtime! Maybe I’ll have to buy myself some flowers 🙂

  10. Whenever I see flowers arranged, as in your photos, I just have to stop and pause and take my time looking at them. They just make me feel good! I love carnations too, even though they are a bit “un-trendy”! And baby’s breath alone in a vase are gorgeous too (that’s what I’m doing this Thursday!) 🙂

  11. Audrey Zumwalt says:

    Thank for the tips. Your arrangements are very well done and so pretty. I bought some flowers today and need to get them arranged.
    Audrey Z.
    Timeless Treasures

  12. Kelly @ Babiole de Windsor says:

    Just so lovely…thanks for sharing!

  13. These are such great tips. You make it look so easy to create such beautiful arrangements.
    Mary Alice

  14. Beautiful! Ironstone pitchers would be my choice too! I like the three sizes shown together in a grouping.

  15. This is beautiful! Great tips too.

    We would like to invite you to link up with us at our party. It goes live tonight.

    The Busy Bee’s,
    Myrna and Joye.

  16. Thanks for the lessons. I certainly need them. I love flowers but my arrangements always look so disappointing. I’ll try some of your hints.

  17. Beautiful post and flowers! I do arrange my own but would like to do better. I also purchase bouquets if they are really special. I do love your ideas of putting them in the little jugs. They look so lovely! I really love the little white embossed ones. They are amazing!
    Happy Valentine’s Day,
    I am visiting by way of Decor to Adore’s party!

  18. Thank you for a helpful and beautiful post. These arrangements are so lovely!

    And Happy Valentine’s Day!


  19. There is nothing prettier than pink roses in a white pitcher!

    You are a gal after my own heart! Thank you SO very much for linking up and sharing this Valentine goodness.

  20. Beautifully done, Jennifer! Aren’t those rose sprays so impressive? I bought some last week…but did discover that they didn’t last quite as long as single stem roses for some odd reason. But I love their flowing, droopy, shabby chic appearance. 🙂 I’m glad that VDday is over with….now my roses next week won’t be quite as expensive. lol

    xoox laurie

  21. The ironstone pitchers give the flowers a soft romantic look. Such pretty arrangements!

  22. The arrangements are very pretty! The white ironstone pitcher are also very beautiful with florals paired into pink, yellow, red and white flowers in it. These are similar floral arrangements but looks very awesome.

  23. So beautiful! I like my flowers close to the top of the vase, too so they look less straggly.

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