How to Arrange your own Flowers

Vase of flowersI love filling my house – mainly my kitchen, where all surfaces are out of arms reach of sticky little fingers – with fresh flowers. They smell nice, they look nice, they distract the eye from the mess and garish toys overrunning the rest of the house… what’s not to love? Arranging your own is tremendously satisfying and, unless you’re a professional, gives them a little somethin’ somethin’ you just don’t find in the supermarket. Plus if you can walk for your flowers via the swings, it’s an activity that’s fun for Big and Little. Winner in my book.

I thought I’d share how to make a little arrangement to add some pretty to your day.

Note – I’m definitely an amateur, so if you’re a professional it’s probably best you look away now. I could be breaking some floristry rules causing you to hate me forever. And I don’t want that.

You will need:

  • A few different varieties of flowers. I used Tulips, Carnations & Gypsophila
  • Scissors
  • A vase


  1. Lay out all of your flowers and trim the stems to bring all of the flower heads in line.
  2. Choose one flower to sit in the centre and add two small sprigs either side. I chose a tulip for the centre and sprigs of gypsophila surrounding it.
  3. Holding the flowers in your left hand, (if you’re right handed!) select another stem and place it slightly diagonally across the centre flower.
  4. Twist the arrangement so that the flower added last is at the front and add another, again diagonally and twist again. Keep twisting to keep the last flower facing you, adding flowers until you’ve used them all up. I added tulips and carnations alternately first, then started alternating carnations and gypsophila once I’d ran out of tulips. You should end up with a bunch of flowers in an hourglass shape.
  5. Trim a little more from the stem if necessary & then place in a vase, jar or bottle.

Et voilà! A beautiful, handmade arrangement that will brighten your day and make you feel like a Pinterest mum.

How to arrange your own flowers.

My Petit Canard


  1. January 30, 2017 / 8:10 am

    They look lovely. I love having fresh flowers at home. Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays

  2. January 30, 2017 / 8:29 am

    Beautiful! 🙂 I’m one of those lazy people who gets them bought for me and not so good at arranging them! I must get better! xx #marvmondays

  3. January 30, 2017 / 10:28 am

    They look lovely! I’ll definitely be trying this next time Autumn’s Daddy buys me flowers. Usually, I arrange them terribly! #MarvMondays

  4. January 30, 2017 / 10:43 am

    How beautiful are they! I love flowers but I always fail to water them haha. #MarvMondays

  5. January 30, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    They look gorgeous! I love having fresh flowers, but I am useless at arranging them. I just grab the whole bunch, chop the stems off at the bottom, and plonk them in a vase before they’ve had chance to unarrange themselves from how they looked in the shop! haha. I will definitely try to remember your simple tips here for next time 🙂 #MArvMondays

  6. January 30, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    #marvmonday love a vase or six 🙂 I agree that add a vessel of hope at times and are always best out of stick hands clutches.

  7. February 1, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    Lovely arrangement! Maybe this could be your next venture! Your a lot better than me, I usually throw them in a vase and then wonder why they look like shit!! #marvmondays

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