Floral Arrangements used to intimidate me. As I mentioned in a previous post I recently took a trip to Bentonville, Arkansas to learn and check out the latest holiday offerings from Walmart. While there, they treated us to our own “floral class” where an expert shared her secrets to creating beautiful floral arrangements at home. I don’t know what it is about floral arrangements but something about them used to overwhelm me. Check out the video below of the Walmart Moms and I during our floral “class” while in Bentonville. It was a great experience!
Watch this video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/dg6ZaLSNH0o
After leaving Bentonville, I still didn’t feel too confident in my ability to pull together an arrangement especially without an “expert” guiding me. But I was given the challenge by Walmart to see if I could recreate what I had learned at the holiday party in Bentonville. Trying to remember all of the helpful tips the floral expert had given us, I tried it again. This time I think it finally clicked! The arrangement I recreated at home turned out beautifully, in my humble opinion. So much so that when I walk by the arrangement in my kitchen I instantly smile with a sense of accomplishment. Now that I finally “get” floral arrangements I could see how a homemade floral arrangement would make a beautiful gift for someone or a great weekend craft to dress up your holiday table.
What You’ll Need:
(supplies found at Walmart)
- fresh flower floral foam-half circle
- glass bowl that will fit on top of your vase
- enough cranberries to fill vase
- 2 bouquets of flowers
- Gather all of your supplies.
- Sit the glass bowl on top of your vase. I chose to use a vase that had a wide opening at the top and made sure that my bowl would sit securely into it. Fill the bowl with the floral foam and add water. To keep the arrangement from falling out of the bowl, I secured the foam to the bowl with tape.
- Since we are making an arrangement in a small bowl we don’t want our flowers to be too long. So, cut the flowers to the length that you desire keeping in mind to have the flowers be proportionate to the vase. I ended up cutting about 3/4 of my flower stems off. It’s always best to cut off less, then measure. You can always cut off more if you think your flowers should be shorter.
- Start arranging your flowers. I liked to start arranging in the middle and work my way down to the vase. Another way to do it would be to place flowers randomly all around the floral foam, filling in and working from either side as you fill out your arrangement. A great way to add volume to your arrangement is with green filler but since I couldn’t find any I just used more flowers from a second bouquet that I picked up at Walmart.
- Fill out your bouquet until you can’t see any more of the green floral foam.
- One tip the floral expert gave us was at the top of the container angle the flowers so that they hid the container. With the shape of the bowl I chose I wasn’t able to do this so well so I came up with another way to hide the bowl. First tape a strip of ribbon around the bowl.
- Then hide the taped ribbon and the bowl with a beautiful bow.
(I found this how to make a bow tutorial on YouTube helpful when making my bow)
Have you ever made your own floral arrangement at home? What are some of your floral tips?
Want some more floral arrangement ideas? Check out these ideas below:
- Walmart’s Cranberry Arrangement
- Create a Fancy Floral Arrangement with Green Your Decor
- DIY Beautiful Floral Arrangements on a Budget by Mommy Brain Reports
- Instructions for a Beautiful Floral Centerpiece for the Holidays with Lille Punkin
- Fresh Floral Arrangement for the Holidays by Hoosier Homemade
- DIY Fresh Floral Centerpiece at Cowboy’s Wife
Disclosure: I am a Walmart Mom. I have been compensated for my time and efforts in creating this post as well as given a giftcard to purchase the products needed to create the floral arrangement in this post. As always my participation is voluntary and opinions are my own. My experience may differ from your own.