4 Simple Flower Arrangements for the Home

by Karianne WoodJune 15, 2016

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I read a quote somewhere once that said that the earth laughed in flowers.

Exactly. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Flowers are nature’s way of sending a little laughter and joy and heart into our lives and our homes. And the best part? Flowers don’t need to be overly complicated or elaborate or overdone to be effective. In fact, sometimes with flowers the simpler they are, the more joy they bring. Here are a few simple arrangements (many just cut flowers from my yard) you can create on a budget.

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1. Creative containers

To re-create this arrangement, all you need is a simple pitcher and tulips. You will want to make sure the pitcher is tall enough to support the stems of the tulips as they start to wilt after blooming.

Start the arrangement by cutting the longest stem and placing it in the center of the pitcher. Group tulips around the center stem and stagger the heights of the stems to create a waterfall effect. It’s a good idea to leave most of the foliage on the tulips to support the blooms, but if it becomes overwhelming, you can always trim the foliage back.

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2. Layer in flowers

I created this simple centerpiece for my dining room table with flowers from my yard. To create this arrangement, you will need stems of two different types of flowers and a low, flat container.

Start with five stems of one type of flower and place them extending out from the center of the container, almost creating a base for the arrangement. Make sure the stems are long enough to allow you to build up the arrangement in the center. Next, layer in your second flower. You want to cut shorter stems to provide height for the arrangement. Continue layering until you have filled in all the gaps between the longer stems of the first flower.

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3. Add contrast

This simple arrangement works because of the contrast between the natural element of the hollowed out log and the simplicity and vivid color of the flower.

Start with seven to nine stems of a flower.

I cut these from my yard just after they bloomed. Insert tiny vases or cups full of water into the center of the log container. Next, trim the stems of the flowers until they are short enough to fit into the vases and spill over onto the log. Continue adding stems until you have completely filled up the log.

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4. Miniature display

Sometimes the best displays are the tiniest. This simple display with four blooms creates a vivid impact against the simple background. Sometimes when you purchase flowers from the store, several of the stems arrive damaged and the blooms fall off after you get home. This is the perfect arrangement for those left-over blooms.

Simply trim the blooms with a tiny stem and place four or five of them in a miniature container. You can also group several arrangements like this to create even more of a visual display. Flower arranging is as simple as you need it to be. Have fun and take a moment to add flowers to your day. Use creative containers, create contrast with your displays, layer in flowers to create height and stand back and watch the earth laugh this summer.


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About The Author
Karianne Wood
KariAnne writes the lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farm, from the back porch of her turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky. Thistlewood Farm was awarded Country Living Decorating blog of the year as well as named one of the top 10 decorating blogs by Better Homes and Gardens. KariAnne loves to paint mismatched chairs, listen to the crickets singing in the back pasture, walk hand-in-hand with her knight-in-shining armor as the sun sets over the river and drink sweet tea with lime during a thunderstorm. And she has never met a decorating project she didn't like.

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