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 voilĂ ! 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