DIY Floral Arrangements: Create Stunning Displays
Written by  Daisie Team
Published on 8 min read


  1. Choose your flowers and foliage
  2. Pick the right vase
  3. Prepare your flowers
  4. Begin with greens
  5. Add your main flowers
  6. Fill in with smaller blooms
  7. Arrange flowers from different angles
  8. Make adjustments as needed
  9. Care for your arrangement

Creating your own floral arrangements can add a personal touch to your home decor or special events. With a bit of creativity and some simple steps, you can transform a few blooms into a stunning display. Below, we're going to walk you through the process of DIY floral arrangements. Ready to get started?

Choose your flowers and foliage

Choosing the right flowers and foliage is the first step in creating your DIY floral arrangements. The flowers you pick will set the color palette and overall feel of your arrangement, and the foliage will add depth and contrast. There's no wrong choice here—it's all about personal preference.

  • Flowers: When selecting flowers, consider the season and the setting where you'll display your arrangement. For a summer arrangement, bright, bold flowers like sunflowers or gerbera daisies can be perfect. For a more romantic or formal vibe, try roses or lilies. Remember, it's your creation, so feel free to mix and match!
  • Foliage: Foliage can be just as important as the flowers in your DIY floral arrangements. Use greenery like ferns, eucalyptus, or ivy to add texture and fullness. For a unique touch, consider incorporating herbs like rosemary or mint—their scent can add another layer of enjoyment to your arrangement.

Once you've picked your flowers and foliage, it's time to move on to the next step: choosing the right vase. But remember, there's no rush. Take your time, experiment with different combinations, and most importantly, enjoy the process! After all, creating DIY floral arrangements is not just about the end result—it's about the joy of making something beautiful with your own hands.

Pick the right vase

Selecting the right vase can make a big difference in your DIY floral arrangements. The size, shape, and color of the vase can enhance the beauty of your flowers and foliage, adding to the overall impact of your display.

  • Size: As a general rule, the height of your flower arrangement should be about one and a half times the height of your vase. So if you have taller stems, you'll want a taller vase, and vice versa.
  • Shape: The shape of your vase should complement the type of flowers you're using. For example, a round vase works well with loose, casual arrangements, while a square or rectangular vase can be a perfect match for more structured, formal displays.
  • Color: A clear vase allows the stems to become part of the display—a great option if you're going for a more natural look. If you want the focus to be solely on the flowers, choose a solid-colored vase that complements or contrasts with the colors of your blooms.

Remember, the vase is more than just a container—it's a part of the arrangement. So take your time and choose wisely. After all, the right vase can take your DIY floral arrangements from nice to wow!

Prepare your flowers

Once you've picked the perfect vase, the next step in creating stunning DIY floral arrangements is to prepare your flowers. This involves three main steps: cleaning, cutting, and conditioning.

  • Cleaning: Remove any leaves that will be below the water level in the vase. Leaves in the water can lead to bacterial growth, which can shorten the life of your flowers.
  • Cutting: Use a sharp pair of garden shears to cut the stems at an angle. This increases the surface area for water absorption, helping your flowers stay fresh longer. For the best results, cut the stems under running water or while submerged in a bucket of water to prevent air from entering the vascular system of the stem.
  • Conditioning: After cutting, put the stems immediately into a bucket of clean, room-temperature water and let them soak for a few hours before arranging. This will help the flowers hydrate and last longer in your arrangement.

Preparing your flowers may seem like a tedious task, but trust me, your blooms will thank you for it. And when your DIY floral arrangements last longer and look better, you'll be glad you took the time to do it right.

Begin with greens

Now, let's get to the fun part of making DIY floral arrangements—starting to build your masterpiece! The first thing you'll want to do is begin with the greenery. But why start with greens, you ask? Well, greens serve as the foundation of your arrangement, providing structure and setting the tone for the rest of your display.

Think of greens as the canvas upon which you'll paint your floral picture. They fill in space, add depth, and contribute to the overall shape of your arrangement. Plus, they help to hide the mechanics of your arrangement, like floral foam or tape, giving your arrangement a more natural, organic look.

When adding your greens, start by placing them around the edge of your vase, allowing them to gently spill over the sides. This not only creates a fuller look but also sets the stage for your main flowers. From there, fill in the middle, remembering to leave room for your blooms.

Remember, creating DIY floral arrangements is all about expressing your style. So, don't be afraid to play around with different types of greens until you find the look that suits you. From ferns to eucalyptus, there's a world of beautiful foliage out there waiting to be a part of your next floral masterpiece.

Add your main flowers

With your canvas of greens set, it's time to introduce the stars of your DIY floral arrangements: your main flowers. These are the blooms that catch your eye first and hold your attention. They are the divas of the floral world, the showstoppers that give your arrangement its character and flair.

When adding your main flowers, consider the rule of odd numbers. For some reason, arrangements with an odd number of flowers often look more balanced and pleasing to the eye. So, whether you're using three roses, five tulips, or seven sunflowers, remember that odd numbers are your friend.

Place your main flowers one at a time, starting in the center and working your way out. Try to spread them out evenly, but remember, nature isn't perfect. A bit of asymmetry can add interest and a natural feel to your arrangement. Also, consider the height of your blooms. A variation in height can add depth and a dynamic visual interest to your display.

Adding your main flowers is one of the most rewarding parts of creating DIY floral arrangements. It's where your vision starts to come to life, and you begin to see the fruits of your labor. So, take your time, enjoy the process, and don't forget to step back and admire your work every now and then.

Fill in with smaller blooms

Now that you've set the stage and your main flowers are singing their solos, it's time to introduce the supporting cast. Smaller blooms or filler flowers are the unsung heroes of DIY floral arrangements. They may not grab the spotlight, but they work tirelessly in the background, filling gaps, adding texture and creating a harmonious overall effect.

Choosing your filler flowers is as exciting as picking your main blooms. You can go for baby's breath for a classic, airy look, or wax flowers for a touch of rustic charm. For something a little different, why not try statice or limonium? They add a splash of color and a dash of whimsy to any arrangement.

Adding your smaller blooms is much like adding your main flowers. You'll want to spread them evenly throughout your arrangement, but with a little more freedom. The goal here is to fill in any gaps and create a sense of fullness. But remember, it's okay to leave some spaces. After all, every flower needs room to breathe.

Take a step back and see how your creation looks. You're not just making a DIY floral arrangement; you're crafting a work of art. So, don't rush. Take your time, enjoy the journey, and watch as your floral masterpiece unfolds.

Arrange flowers from different angles

Now, let's add a bit of flair to your DIY floral arrangements by arranging the flowers from different angles. This might sound like a pro move, but it's surprisingly simple—and it makes a world of difference.

Instead of placing every stem straight up, why not tilt some to the side? Don't shy away from letting a few blooms hang over the edge of the vase. This creates a dynamic, natural look that's sure to wow. Imagine your arrangement as a lush, vibrant garden, where flowers grow in every direction. That's the kind of unstructured beauty we're aiming for here.

Also, remember to view your arrangement from all sides as you work. This ensures a beautiful display from every angle, and can highlight areas that need a touch more greenery or an extra bloom. After all, we're aiming for a full 360-degree experience!

And here's a handy tip: rotate your vase as you go. It's like a lazy Susan for your DIY floral arrangements, making it easier to see all sides and arrange your flowers evenly. This way, you're not just creating a one-sided showstopper, but a floral spectacle that dazzles from every angle.

Make adjustments as needed

Even the best DIY floral arrangements might need a bit of fine-tuning. So, don't stress if your arrangement isn't perfect on the first try. That's the beauty of DIY—you can always make adjustments!

Take a step back and look at your creation. Are there any gaps? If so, fill them in with more foliage or flowers. Do some blooms look a bit droopy? They might need a trim or a different spot in the vase. Remember, the goal is balance, not perfection.

And here's a secret: there's no right or wrong in flower arranging. If you think it looks good, then it's perfect. Your DIY floral arrangements should reflect your style and taste. After all, you're the artist here, and these flowers are your canvas. So, tweak, rearrange, and play around until you're happy with what you see.

So, go ahead and make those adjustments. Your masterpiece is just a few tweaks away!

Care for your arrangement

Now that your DIY floral arrangement is looking stunning, it's time to ensure it stays that way. The trick to keeping your flowers fresh and vibrant lies in how you care for your arrangement.

Firstly, remember to change the water in the vase every two days. This simple step can make a difference in how long your arrangement lasts. And don't forget to clean the vase properly each time you change the water to remove any bacteria that may cause your flowers to wilt prematurely.

Next, keep your arrangement away from direct sunlight and heat sources. The cooler the room, the longer your flowers will stay fresh. And here's a tip: if you want your flowers to last even longer, move them to a cooler spot at night.

Finally, with each water change, remove any leaves or flowers that have started to wilt. This not only keeps your arrangement looking its best but also prevents the spread of bacteria that could harm the rest of the blooms.

With these simple steps, you can enjoy your DIY floral arrangements for even longer. Beautiful, aren't they?

If you enjoyed our blog post on DIY Floral Arrangements and want to continue exploring creative DIY projects, we recommend checking out 'Affordable DIY Abstract Nail Art Tutorial' by Rachael Mangal. Though not directly related to floral arrangements, this workshop will inspire you to bring out your artistic side and create stunning nail art designs at home.

Alternatively, for a broader range of creative workshops, don't forget to explore Daisie's classes to find more content that aligns with your interests and helps you grow as an artist.