DIY Floral Arrangement

Have you ever made your own floral arrangement?  It’s easier than you think!

The last time I was down to Walmart HQ in Bentonville Arkansas with the Walmart Moms, an expert from the floral department gave us a class on how to create a really professional looking floral arrangement.

Now that the holiday season is upon us and so many folks are entertaining, they wanted me to show all of you how to make your very own DIY Floral Arrangement!

I started out with a few simple materials from Walmart:

I headed out to Walmart for my supplies: a footed glass vase for my vessel, a couple of bouquets from Walmart’s fresh flower department (roses and white daisies), some wet floral foam and a couple of bags of cranberries for filler.

At home I rounded up a drinking glass, some filler items from my yard (and from a bush in the neighbors yard–with permission of course) and a small plastic container.I started my foam soaking in water, and then I checked to see if the container would fit in the mouth of vase.  Yes, it did.  If it hadn’t, I would have searched the cupboards till I found something that worked :)

Next I filled the vase with my cranberry filler.  But first, to save on the amount of filler I needed to buy, I set my drinking glass upside down in the vase-then just filled in around it!

I cut the foam to fit into the container and set it into the vase.

Finally it was time to start on the flowers.  I stripped the leaves off of the roses and trimmed them to size.  The idea is to fill in all your first flower color evenly all around the arrangement, then add the second color and finally add the filler.

The floral professional who gave us the class told us to stick the first rose in standing straight up in the foam-pointing at the sky.  Then to go around the bottom of the foam and put flowers pointing out and just slightly down at all the cardinal compass points (N, S, E, W).  Next put some in sort of half way between but not in a line with any of the other flowers.  Hard to explain, but basically like this:

Now you start spacing the other flowers out evenly among the roses.  Try not to pull out stems and replace them–the foam doesn’t “heal”–so if you put too many holes in it you can lose your structural integrity!

And finally you fill in all the gaps with your various greenery and fillers.

I think the one I did on my own came out almost as nice as the one I made with the help of the professional!

And I love that so many things in this project are reusable.  I can use the vase again.  After we were done enjoying the arrangement I composted the flowers and filler.  The cranberries I just picked over (a few had gone soft) and the rest I put in the fridge to make into cranberry orange relish.  The glass and plastic container were washed and stuck back into the cupboard.

I hope I’ve demystified the whole flower arranging thing for you all.  I’ll be honest–I always thought those type of arrangements were too hard for me to try–but it turns out that it was really easy!  The hardest part was seriously finding enough filler material in my yard in NY in the winter–I should have headed up to my MIL’s place, there would have been plenty in her woods.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post I am participating in with the Walmart Moms. Walmart has provided me with compensation for this post. My participation is voluntary and opinions, as always are my own.

 

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