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DIY Floral Design

Elevate Your Home Decor with These Creative Arrangements

Once you learn the basics, flower arranging can be both fun and simple. With a bit of planning and some careful preparation, you too can create a beautiful centerpiece. Here are some expert tips on creating and maintaining gorgeous flower arrangements.

One of the easiest ways to make a floral arrangement look cohesive is to choose colors that are close to one another on the color wheel. Monochromatic schemes, which show off the variety of different hues of the same color, can be striking. Or for a high-impact floral design, try complementary colors that will pop against each other. Select flowers based on what's currently blooming in your garden or what you can find at the local market. Three types of flowers you should include in an arrangement are spillers, fillers and thrillers. Spillers bring movement by drawing your eye through the arrangement like snapdragons, jasmine and delphiniums. Fillers are flowers that have multiple stems, leaves, or greens, and add mass and texture without stealing the show, such as lemon leaf, hydrangeas and viburnum. The thrillers are the big focal flowers usually placed in the center, or perhaps slightly off center of your arrangement, like garden roses, peonies, dahlias, and tulips. For thrillers, it’s best to use odd numbers. The mind and the eye like odd numbers because it can find a middle, so keep that in mind.

When selecting a vase or other container, consider the type of flowers you're using. Tulips typically require the support of a straight-sided vase, for example, while tall branches or top-heavy flowers might need a weighted vessel. If the flowers don't have a sturdy foundation, they won't stay in place and your arrangement will end up falling apart. Floral foam is useful but not environmentally friendly, so use a flower frog or try working with floral tape by creating a grid over the mouth of the vase and sticking the stems through the holes of the grid to keep them in place instead. Flowers should be one and a half to two times the height of their vase or one and a half times the height for bowl-shape and small cube containers.