With Mother's Day just a couple days away we're feeling all kinds of nostalgia. Thinking back to fond memories of childhood, like when we'd proudly give Mom our latest macaroni art or finger-painting: the way her face would light up with happiness. Moms love homemade gestures because they come from the heart. So this year we thought, why not make our own floral arrangements? If you're lucky enough to live close to your momma, skip the delivery and go for something a little more heartfelt. Follow these steps to making your own floral arrangement.
Choose Your Flowers
Decide if you want to create a monochromatic or multi-colored arrangement. For a monochromatic arrangement (current favorite) the trick is to stay in the same color family, choosing 2-3 colors that work together. An example of this would be whites, creams and tans. This isn't to say you can't add other color, but you don't want it to become visually too busy. Look for flowers that have different shapes and bloom size for a varied arrangement.
Find a Filler
From greenery to branches, most arrangements need a little something extra to fill them out. Queen Anne's Lace, Cress, Wheat and Eucalyptus are among our favorites.
Feed and Hydrate
Add nutrient packet to tepid water and trim about an inch off the stems. Keep your flowers hydrated by storing them in water until you begin to arrange. Doing this will keep the flowers from getting soft and flimsy as you work.
Start with your biggest bloom first. If they're all the same size, start with one color and spread evenly around the vase. We like cutting the stems at different lengths to give the arrangement that hand-made, organic feel. Remember to trim off any leaves that fall below the water line to avoid moldy leaves. Take your next color and fill in around the first, keeping in mind to vary the heights so that some blooms fill in low and some add height.
Once your colors have been dispersed evenly, you can start adding your greenery to fill in the gaps. This is where your arrangement really starts to take shape. Take a step back and see where the gaps are. Start by with placing the greenery there and add until your heart's content! As you add, make sure they all have enough room in the vase - if there are still large gaps towards the top, but no room to add more, you may need to remove more of the stem leaves toward the bottom.
Of course every arrangement needs it's holder. When choosing a vase, you'll want something that will highlight - not distract. We like the idea of a simple and classy vase, allowing your flowers to speak for themselves! Stick with glass (maybe even a rose tinted glass) or neutral tones like white and grays with pops of metallic. See above for a few we are loving right now!
There you have it, easy tips for creating your DIY floral arrangement! Now go make Mom proud!