DIY Floral Arrangement for Spring
As April’s showers come to a close we find our thoughts turned naturally to the anticipation of the long-awaited flowers that come in May. The arrival of spring flowers is one of the most exciting and beautiful things about watching the seasons change. We spend every year waiting for them to arrive. And when they do, we can’t wait to bring them inside to add a bit of the feeling of nature and life to our own spaces with their colorful and lively blooms. There’s no question that a beautifully crafted arrangement of fresh-cut flowers can really wake up a room. And for those of us with the DIY bug, creating your own arrangement is a simple and inexpensive way to bring the beauty of nature into your home — along with a good dose of your own creativity.
Tatiana Penner, the owner of the Canada-based flower shop Oak & Lily, is an accomplished florist with over 15 years of experience in putting together a wide variety of arrangements for every occasion. In her spare time, Tatiana offers a series of fun and helpful floral arranging workshops that make constructing even the most complex composition, seem like a piece of cake. We were lucky enough to be able to spend an afternoon with this talented artist who gave us four helpful steps to get beginning flower lovers on their way to creating their own beautiful arrangements.
Build A Base
Constructing the perfect spring arrangement is just that — construction. Everything needs a good foundation. So after picking out a vase and filling it with water, the first step is to build a base for your arrangement. To give your product an effortlessly beautiful feel, look for sturdy greenery or budding branches from right outside your home. Even though we all have our favorite stems to pick up from the flower shop, there’s something special about including elements that grow right where you live.
From there, build a grid pattern with the branches or greenery and evenly space them throughout the vase. This gives your arrangement the support it needs as other elements are brought in to fill it out. It’s also important to begin your arranging process by ensuring that your vase, water, and tools are all clean. By doing this, you extend the life of your flowers.
Add Focal Flowers
After you’ve completed your base, it’s time to add more focal and structural flowers. Larger flowers that have a bit more weight are a good choice and are easily supported with your base greenery or branches. Generally, these flowers should be placed lower in the arrangement as opposed to higher, filling out the base and creating additional support for further additions.
Add Accent Flowers
The third step is to add accent flowers throughout the piece. Accent flowers are the perfect way to add some more color or texture to your arrangement. “A helpful tip is to arrange your flowers in the vase similar to the way that they grow in nature” states Tatiana, “If something grows in a short, bushier stalk, use it lower in the arrangement, and if something is taller and wispier, use it higher in the arrangement”. By doing this, you’re able to create a look that is more natural, and organic. Colorful accent flowers are also a great way to tie your arrangement into the color palette of the room you will be placing it in. Look for colors that are already being used in the space or that can add a complementary pop to your palette for a floral project that will become a meaningful element of your decor.
Add Some Whimsy
The final step is to add some whimsy. Fill the empty voids within the arrangement to ensure you have a full and complete look. Because your base, structural and focal elements are already in place, this is also a great time to add some non-floral decorative elements. Once you’ve brought a little playfulness to your work, and are happy with your final product, you can stage and decorate the final arrangement within the room of your choice.
Finding the Right Spot
Use the height of your arrangement to decide where to place it within your home. Smaller, lower arrangements are great for kitchen countertops and tables. Larger, taller arrangements can be placed on a mantel above a fireplace or something similar that draws your eye upwards.
Flowers are one of the best ways to add a pop of color to your space. Bright shades of pink, purple, and yellow can easily make any room in your home feel ready for springtime. If you prefer a more neutral arrangement with soft creams and greenery, try using a fun, and unique vase that has some color or pattern to make the arrangement stand out even more!