Create Your Own Flower Arrangement for Mom
Mother’s Day is the second largest flower-buying holiday and while you may be tempted to just run to the nearest florist to pick up an arrangement, we encourage you to make your own–after all, moms love gifts that their kids make, no matter how old those kids may be. If you think flower arranging seems too daunting a creative task, try one of our easy ideas for making simple flowers simply stunning–just like your mother:)
Choose a color and stick with it. The sky’s the limit when it comes to the color palette of your arrangement, but once you choose one, pick flowers and buds in the same color wheel. This eliminates the fear of trying to coordinate various colors in one vase. Select different shapes, sizes and plant types to ensure an eye-pleasing final product.
Rethink the vase. Take a peek in your china hutch or kitchen cabinets–they are full of bowls, mason jars, pitchers and other household containers that can do striking double duty to hold your DIY arrangements. Reuse antique food cans to add a pop of color and old glass bottles for bud vases.
Forget symmetry. Years ago, folks took flower-arranging classes and learned the criticality of symmetry in floral design. Those days are over! Once you’ve chosen your vessel, get a block of floral foam and soak it for a few minutes before placing it inside. Use bigger blooms and leaves to create a flowing silhouette and then fill in with wispier flowers. Allow one side to be airy and trailing, while keeping the other dense and lush.
Group it. Instead of focusing on one large arrangement, create several small ones to display next to each other in a group. Using matching vases, consider color, size and type of flowers and keep all but one of those attributes the same. For instance, choose three identical small vases and fill with Gerber daisies of different colors. Or fill with different white flowers that are similar in size. Whatever you choose, get creative and have fun.
Talk to us: Did you try your hand and creating your own arrangement for Mom? If so, we’d love to see it! Upload your picture in the comments below.