ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Save Time and Money with Floral Arranging

Updated on August 4, 2009

Floral Arranging

Here are some tips that I have gathered from home/ garden sources over the years. Some you might already know and some information might be useful to you. I hope you find this helpful.

My store-bought bouquets that I would bring home and arrange myself always appeared lopsided until I learned this useful trick. When you place flowers in a vase and find that they do not sit properly or they tilt to one side, try arranging them in a criss-crossing or intertwining pattern. As you place one stem in the vase at a 45 degree angle, place the next stem to lean against the first from the opposite side. (See the photo of the flower stems as they sit in the vase.) With a bouquet of a dozen flowers, for example, you should end up with a very intertwining pattern where each stem is leaning against another that supports it. As you stand above your vase of flowers that is situated on a sturdy table surface, it should appear very symmetrical. A well arranged vase of flowers makes a lovely centerpiece.

Some other tips to remember are to cut the stems of flowers even if they appear to be freshly cut when you purchase them. Cutting the tips off of the stems will increase freshness and lengthen the life of the flowers. Additionally, if you are not working with a tall vase, cut more length off of the flowers as is appropriate. Ideally, very short (i.e- 4 in.) vases should have stems no taller than 8 inches. An 8 inch tall vase can have 10-12 inch tall stems. The closer that top of the flower is to the top of the vase, the nicer the arrangement tends to appear.

Remember that is is much easier to fill the vase with water first, prior to putting any stems inside. Be sure that the expected weight of all the flowers will not cause the water in the vase to overflow. Three-fourths filled should be sufficient. Keep in mind that if you have the time, changing the water every day is amazing for helping the keep the flowers thriving. If you don't have time, keep adding some water each day to maintain that 3/4 full level as your thirsty flowers use up water each day. Additionally, if you are given one of those free packets of flower food with your purchase, be sure to use it according to the directions. Save some for the next day if you choose the change of water option. Keeping a penny and a sugar cube in your vase also helps to keep the flowers fresh. I have tried this with amazing results. At times, when you don't have sugar on hand, even the penny alone helps.

You can save cash on both flowers and vases by buying them wholesale, at discount stores, neighborhood flower stands, or supermarkets. The bouquet in the photo was shared among three different vases at a cost of less than $9 by purchasing them at a supermarket sale!

Finally as you choose your colors, I suggest seasonal coordination. The burgundy and orange flowers in the photo were chosen during the Thanksgiving holiday. Complementary colors always work beautifully together. It is something to keep in mind no matter the type of flowers- roses, mums, gerbadaisies or others.

In the autumn, my preference is for orange/yellow and burgundy/red tones. One year, in December, while living in a small apartment, I chose a lovely bouquet of all white. Again, this was a great supermarket bargain. The bouquet really caught my eye as the petals had been sprinkled with silver glitter. I was able to arrange it in the vase just right and it was very festive in lieu of other space using holiday decor such as trees.

Enjoy your floral arranging!

Floral Arranging Photos

flower stems in vase
flower stems in vase
burgundy & orange
burgundy & orange
close  up
close up

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      It seems ridiculous that arranging flowers takes a skill but it certainly does. Proper placement makes a big difference.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)