I know you have ever visited someone in their home and saw some beautiful floral arrangements around the house. Granted, some of the arrangements can be pretty pricey, however, you can pull off some of the simple DIY flower arrangements even without being a design expert.
Let’s look at some of the simple DIY flower arrangements that you could give a try either using a single flower, using one variety and one-color flowers, using one variety and multiple-color flowers, using different varieties and different shades of flowers, using different varieties and multi-colored flowers.
Before we look at any of the arrangements please note that you need to be working with conditioned flowers. Check out this article I wrote about flower conditioning as well as details on some of the equipment you will require to bring the arrangements together.
Simple DIY flower arrangements using a single flower
An arrangement with a single flower might not sound exciting, however, it can be just as intriguing as a full bouquet. The most important consideration in this arrangement is the vase. When choosing this design, consider the flower you will use as well.
The single arrangement is ideal when you have a flower shortage or when making side pieces that you want to support the main piece without stealing all the attention. It can also be a great option for when your creative juices are running low.
The best candidates for this type of arrangements are flowers with a single head and a sufficiently long stem. Examples include sunflowers, gerbera, and tulip. Check out these small vases from Amazon ideal for such arrangements.
How to arrange gerbera
- Clean the vase thoroughly and half-fill it with water.
- Cut the stem of the flower at an angle.
- Remove all the leaves from the flower stem so that it doesn’t droop.
- Place it at an angle in the vase.
Simple DIY flower arrangements using one variety and one-color flowers
Sometimes you only have one type of flower and you want to use it to make an awesome arrangement. It could be the flower is in a season (it is advocated to use the flowers in season, they are fresh and also more readily available), or it is all you could lay your hands on.
The same reasons apply when using the same flower color.
Making a floral arrangement with a single type of flower that has the same color does not have to be boring. You can use all types of flowers including sunflowers, roses, tulips just to name a few. Check these clear vases from Amazon that are ideal for this kind of arrangement.
How to arrange purple tulips
- Clean the vase thoroughly and fill it half-full with water. For this arrangement, a column vase was the preferred choice because it would offer the required support for the tall tulip stems. Add flower food if you are using it.
- Remove the excess leaves on the stem. Basically, any leaves that will be under water. We are leaving a substantial amount of leaves on the tulips in this simple arrangement to act as foliage instead of adding foliage.
- You can begin by placing every single tulip in the vase at an angle followed by each of the other stems. Make sure to turn the vase to that you can have a balanced look from all angles. Alternatively, hold a single tulip in your hand and proceed to add the rest one after the other. Tie the arrangement with a garden string and place it in the vase.
- Finish the look by tying a purple ribbon around the vase near the top. (this is optional).
Simple DIY flower arrangements using one variety and multiple-color flowers
Sometimes you have several colors of one type of flower. Instead of mixing them up with different types of flowers, you can always make some gorgeous arrangements using just one type.
The fact that its just one type of flower makes it easy to bring together the display. All types of flowers that have different colors can be used in these arrangements, including roses, peonies, tulips among many others.
Just make sure that the colors complement each other and that they also suit the purpose you intended to accomplish.
How to arrange multi-colored daisies.
I know we all love loud blooms but once in a while, simple flowers such as daisies provide the simple beauty that we need.
- Select your vase, the best option for this arrangement is a fishbowl because it will support the spray display. If you have a bowl-shaped vase but it is opaque or has some other color, it is still fine.
- Half-fill the bowl with water. Add a few daisies around the edges of the bowl placing them at different angles to create a frame. Also note that this arrangement does not have foliage, so the long-stemmed daisies are set to act as a frame for the short ones.
- Continue adding daisies making sure to interchange the colors so that you don’t end up with only one color on either side but have an equal distribution of colors on all sides.
- Turn the arrangement around adding daisies on any spaces that you can still see.
- Fill the bowl to the top with more water.
This arrangement will provide a bright pop of color for any room in the house, including kitchen, sunroom, and even office. The short nature of the display also makes it ideal for a dinner table because it is not tall and doesn’t interfere with conversation.
Simple DIY flower arrangements using different varieties and different shades of flowers
Sometimes when going for a particular look it is advisable to use different types of flowers to get the desired texture. An example is when working with a theme for a wedding or party.
You can use different flowers with the same or similar shade of color because it can be difficult getting the exact same shade in all the flowers.
It is also good to consider the flowers you are using and the kind of arrangement you are going for. Choose flowers that can work together in terms of size and shape.
How to arrange different shades of pink peonies and aqua roses.
- Select your vase. For this arrangement, a short-colored box vase was selected because it does not compete for attention with the flowers. It also provided the desired uncluttered feel. Furthermore, it is short and worked perfectly as a centerpiece.
- Cut the chicken wire and form a mold inside the vase. The size of wire that you cut depends on the size of vase you are using.
- Fill the vase with water.
- Insert one hosta leaf through the chicken wire mold at each comer of the vase. If you don’t have hosta you can use any other leaves available to you. The point is to use broad leaves that will lay downwards at the corners.
- Insert a single rose at each of the corners through the chicken wire mold. Let the roses rest on each leaf.
- Place a dark pink peony in between the roses. If your vase is wider and needs an extra dark peony to make sure to add it (don’t leave gaps in the layers).
- Insert a second layer resting on the first layer made of light/pale pink peonies.
- Rest the final rose on top of the arrangement.
Flower arrangements that use a limited number of colors and flower varieties can be dynamic. The subtle colors are not confusing or distracting.
Simple DIY flower arrangements using different varieties and multi-colored flowers
Sometimes its good to let go of all rules and make some dramatic arrangements. One of the ways to achieve this is to use intensely colored flowers from different varieties. When the different shapes and textures are brought together they can create an impressive display.
Another reason to make these multi-colored and different varieties arrangement is to use up the flowers available. I sometimes make them when I walk around my garden and pick whatever flowers I can find.
How to arrange a mixed flower display
- Sort all the different flowers according to color and variety. Also, include any available foliage, you can also use just flowers if you don’t have any.
- Select your vase and fill it with water. Add a sterilizing tablet or flower food if you are using some.
- Begin by placing the foliage in the vase at different angles and let it fall on the sides of the vase creating a fan shape which would be the basic framework. If you are adding more than one type of foliage begin with adding one. Then follow it up by adding the second type in between the first stems. (don’t forget to trim and re-split the stems that are woody). Measure the height of the foliage against the vase to gauge how much to trim.
- When satisfied with the foliage, begin adding the first variety of flowers. It is advisable, to begin with, the flowers with the largest blooms. Trim each stem and insert it at an angle.
- Add the next variety of flower making sure to angle it against the vase and trimming it before inserting each stem.
- Turn the vase around so as to see the display from different sides and make sure that the different varieties are well distributed.
- Fill the vase with the flowers by inserting them all around the vase.
- After finishing with the flowers, you can add small stems of foliage at the edges to cover the top of the vase.
- Top up the vase with water to ensure that all the stems are in the water.
Try out these simple DIY flower arrangements for your home. If you buy some cheap flowers or have some flowers from your own garden you can get creative and end up with some irresistible displays.
Floral arrangement tip: Always remove the pollen from lilies before using them in arrangements. It protects those allergic to pollen as well as preventing the pollen from staining the petals.