If peony season has you dying to incorporate fresh flowers into your weekly routine but you have trouble recreating those professional floral arrangements you adore, you’re in luck! Paige Boersma is here to break down the basics in an easy-to-follow tutorial for perfecting a DIY cascading floral arrangement. Read on for the details!
If I had it my way, I would always have fresh flowers in my home. There’s nothing quite like a gorgeous bouquet to brighten a dull day or lift our mood. Although we would all probably love to enlist the help of a florist for every bouquet, many of us don’t have the luxury of a budget that would allow it! (But a girl can dream, right?) Accordingly, we find ourselves creating arrangements on our own, which can definitely seem a bit daunting. I recently had the opportunity to take a DIY floral-arranging class at Toronto flower studio Blush & Bloom, where I was thrilled to learn a few secrets to creating a beautiful at-home arrangement from floral connoisseur Becky DeOliveira!
It all begins with choosing your flowers. One thing to keep in mind is that if you’re able to shop locally for in-season blooms, you’ll always be able to choose from a better selection of flowers. June happens to be prime peony season, so I opted to use a mix of bright pink peonies and peach roses as my focal point, and then selected a mixture of other flowers in various textures and shades to complement it. You’ll want a variety of sizes—including fillers and mass blooms such as spray roses or hydrangea—and a few other detail blooms to add shape and contrast.
- scissors or clippers
- clear floral tape
- spray roses or hydrangea
- pink Veronica flowers
- Caspia Statice
- Dendrobium orchids
- a variety of foliage/greenery
1. Add water to your vase (fill it a little over halfway). Create a grid pattern with clear floral tape across the mouth of the vase—this will help add structure to your arrangement.
2. Create a foundation with foliage, letting the stems crisscross and intertwine in the vase. This will provide the framework for the arrangement. Don’t make it too thick, as you need plenty of room for the flowers, but do use a variety of greenery to add different textures, heights and dimensions. And don’t be afraid to let it go a little wild! I knew I wanted this arrangement to have a cascading effect, so I let some of the greenery remain longer on each side and embraced the natural shape of each stem. Otherwise, the foundation should provide a fairly symmetrical and even base.
3. Now it’s time to start adding your flowers. Every time you add a flower to the arrangement, trim each stem (to your desired length) on an angle with a sharp pair of scissors or clippers. Add it to the vase quickly, before the stem has a chance to seal up.
4. Also, remove all leaves on each stalk that sit below the waterline in your vase. Otherwise, they will rot and contaminate your water!
5. Don’t be afraid to remove any petals that are broken or browning.
6. Begin adding in your larger statement blooms, trimming them to varying heights to add more dimension. Nestle some lower into the bouquet, and slightly extend others.
7. Once your larger blooms are in place, start adding in some taller, stalkier stems to build out your shape. Add wispy elements high on the sides, low and spilling out of the vase, and in the middle of the arrangement.
8. Add in your smaller novelty blooms (such as spray roses) plus any other accent flowers or foliage, paying attention to any noticeable gaps. Fill out the shape. Don’t be afraid to rearrange stems as you perfect the arrangement, and pay attention to the overall effect!