As we approach the Christmas season, you may be starting to think about your holiday decor this year. After all, we all want our homes to look a little elevated and as beautiful as possible for holiday entertaining. Enter the power of flowers! Though floral arranging may seem a bit intimidating (it isn’t!), flowers can add a touch of organic beauty to your winter wonderland. A gorgeous arrangement can also be a lovely gift for friends and family. Follow along to see how you can create a stunning holiday floral arrangement this holiday season.
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First, determine what look you want for your floral arrangement. Some things to consider are colors, floral type, style of container, etc. Also, take some time to look at inspiration photos on Pinterest for ideas. Do you want something more traditional with pine needles or with Amaryllis flowers? Do you want a more modern take, perhaps with all white florals? Let your imagination go wild!
Choose a container
The flowers are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the arrangement. Once you choose your flower combo, you’ll need to consider what type of container you want. Cylinder vases come in many sizes and work great if you are working with flowers that have tall stems and cube vases are a perfect match for short-stemmed flowers. Flared vases are ideal for all bouquets and help achieve a fuller look. You can also get more creative with a holiday-themed container, such as a Christmas cookie jar or adding a bow to a pitcher. Just be careful not to overpower the flowers with the container choice - it should complement the arrangement, not detract from it.
Where to find
You can always purchase flowers from your local floral shop, but that can add up quickly. If you are creating multiple arrangements, we recommend going to the grocery store to buy flowers for a lower cost. Most stores carry a good variety, but seasonality may be a factor. Another option is to buy online through a warehouse club. It’s a convenient and less expensive option if you are looking to buy in bulk. The flowers will be delivered straight to your home, so you won’t have to make an additional trip to the store. Farmer's markets are a great option too, as are flower markets (if your city/town has one). It is often the best-kept secret in a city… you just need to find out when it’s open to the public! Think about price, variety, and accessibility when you plan out which flowers you will use for your arrangement.
Arrangement tips and tricks
Once you have your inspiration, flowers, and container, it is time to start creating your arrangement. Here are some quick tips to help you get the best results:
Cut the stems at an angle to get the best water absorption for your plants.
Remove foliage below the water line to avoid bacteria growth.
Incorporate unexpected elements: Get creative and add something unique to your arrangement, like holly berries, to give it a special holiday accent.
Create a grid using tape or chicken wire, which will help keep the flowers upright and in place.
Mix it up: Use different colors and textures of flowers to give your arrangement more dimension.
Create a focal point then add layers: decide what you want as the focal point of the arrangement and then add smaller flowers, foliage, or decor around it.
Creating your own arrangement is not only a fun creative outlet but will also give you a sense of accomplishment. Not to mention - your guests will be impressed that you did it yourself!