DIY Floral Arrangement with Everbloom Designs

There’s nothing quite like the way pretty blooms quickly brighten up a home, but for a lot of people, you want to do more than just grab a pre-made bouquet from the store. You want it to have some oomph! I reached out to floral designer + stylist Kristin Wolter-Canfield of Everbloom Designs for a DIY Floral Arrangement tutorial; you can use these tips for both simple arrangements and more advanced design!

What you’ll need:

  • vase (select based on the size that you want your arrangement to be)
  • pruners (used for branches/wood stems)
  • floral shears (used to clip stems. it’s better to use shears designed for flowers to make sure the ends remain open to absorb water)
  • waterproof floral tape (use this to make a grid so that stems stay in place)

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blooms, fill, + greenery
(for this arrangement we used purple trachelium, hydrangea, tulips, alstroemeria, thistle, spiral eucalyptus, and daisies. She foraged honeysuckle, branches, and coleus from her neighborhood).

EverbloomDesigns-KPFUSION-DIY-FLORAL-ARRANGEMENTA tip from Kristin on your flowers:

  • Make sure you are getting the freshest flowers (it’s ok to ask when they arrived). Take a look at the stems to see if they look fresh: there should be no broken stems or mold, and blooms should be tight. If buying roses, the bud heads should not be soft.
  • If making arrangements for an event, choose flowers from the grocery store a few days prior. This way they will have a few days to open up.
  • Choose blooms that compliment your event or your home. Stick to a simple color palette of all the same tones. You will need 3-4 varieties of blooms: a focal flower and a few other smaller flowers that act as filler. Look for interesting textures.
  • Choose a few types of greenery. I almost always forage my greenery from my yard. This gives your arrangements a unique, organic, non store bought look!

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Prep flowers. Give them a fresh cut and remove all leaves from the bottom of the
stems.

EverbloomDesigns-KPFUSION-DIY-FLORAL-ARRANGEMENTPrep your container. Create a simple grid pattern to hold your stems in place (you can also use floral foam, floral frog, or chicken wire).

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Set the shape. Use foliage to create the shape of your arrangement. Asymmetry will give your
arrangement a more organic and unique look. Keep turning the arrangement in
order to fill it all the way around.

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Add smaller filler flowers. Keep in mind depth; two “layers” should never be at the
same height or position because they won’t be seen.

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You want to create a lush full arrangement. Give each bloom some room to shine. You don’t have to use every stem-you can build a smaller arrangement with the leftovers.

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Add your larger focal flowers. In design, odd numbers are best (threes and fives).
Place the blooms towards the bottom and turn the arrangement to place them
throughout.

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Voila!

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Remember:
Change the water everyday. Some blooms last longer than others, so onnce blooms
expire ,you can take out the ones that still look good, give them a fresh cut, rinse the
stems and rearrange them in a new container to enjoy your flowers longer.

Visit www.everbloomdesign.com to see more of Kristin’s work. And stay tuned: Kristin held a design workshop as well. I stayed to document and I can’t wait to show you what they created!

How often do you have fresh flowers in your home?

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