20 Spring Flower Arrangements You Can Totally Pull Off
When it comes to making the prettiest (and easiest) spring arrangements, we didn't just stop at flowers. Our centerpieces use everything from tulips and roses to asparagus, carrots, and cabbage. There is one commonality between all of our arrangements: they're completely doable. Take a look and try your hand at one of these easy, DIY projects.
A New Wreath
Start with a door basket, such as this one from Terrain. Then nestle in a small pot of angelonia (the spiky white bloom), 'Snow Princess' sweet alyssum (the white lacy flowers), 'Variegata' greater periwinkle (the greenery that's trailing in front), dusty miller (the velvety blue-green leaves), and asparagus fern (the feathery foliage peeking out the back). These should last two to three weeks with regular waterings. Just before company arrives, insert clippings of fresh tulips and orchids.
Blush and Bashful
You can give a bouquet of grocery store tulips (we used three varieties: French, variegated, and standard single) unexpected dimension by popping their petals to create a showstopping focal point. Start with a third of the blooms, selecting ones that have just begun to open. Use your thumb to gently push the base of each petal until it snaps outward. This will reduce the life of the arrangement slightly, but it should still last four to five days.
This is probably the easiest flower arrangement you'll ever do. Start with a pretty glass bowl, and then begin placing your flowers. You'll only need a couple stems to make this show-stopping centerpiece.
Grouped in Silver
Create a display featuring silver-plated vessels in a variety of heights and shapes. Stick to this formula: height + cluster + hero. Foxgloves and snapdragons give the display a peak, working well together due to their similar sizes and structures. Group three peonies in a julep vase to balance out the real star: a wide-open peony bloom that sits directly on the mouth of its vessel.
In The Pink
Cover a container in preserved moss and dried flowers (find a similar one at a garden center or crafts store) to start off this earthy arrangement. Set a plastic liner in the basket; fill with potting soil. Add creeping Jenny as the spiller; a pink kalanchoe, succulent, and nerve plant as the fillers; and mini caladiums and gomphrenas as the thrillers. Bend an elaeagnus branch to form the handle.
Floral Fresh Centerpiece
Place a block of well-soaked florist foam inside the vase. Begin with your statement flowers—three white peonies with stems cut to slightly different lengths—and insert them around the foam in a triangular shape, putting the largest blossom at the front. From there, place five or six ranunculus with stems left about 2 to 3 inches longer than the peonies into the foam in a random pattern. Use short clippings of white hydrangea to cover the foam. Add in a few sprigs of spray roses for texture near the base. Last, work in tall flowerless stems of camellia greenery for height and shine mixed with some soft-looking variegated pittosporum (both are commonly found in yards).
If you have always wondered what to do with those little glass jars you've gathered over the years, this is it. The key to this arrangement is grouping the tiny vessels onto a tray. This will give order to your collection and ensure it doesn't look haphazard.
Ditch the faux filler grass, and plant the real thing in an Easter basket this year. Add a plastic liner to the container, and fill with potting soil. Ten days to two weeks before Easter, sprinkle wheatgrass seeds (available at garden centers) on top of the soil. Set in a sunny spot; water well. Nestle naturally dyed eggs in the grass. A festive bow finishes the look.
Beautiful Branch Display
Trees in bloom signal the arrival of spring. Bring that lightness inside with a few cut branches of dogwood mixed with long clippings of airy Queen Anne's lace and loose spirea. (Look for these in your own garden, or ask a neighbor if you can have some of theirs.) The branches will last a long while, but add droopy tulips to dress up the look. The only way to go wrong with this combination is to pick a vase with a neck that's too wide. Choose a cylindrical container. If the stems need more structure, use florist tape to make a grid across the top to help everything stay upright.
Boost curb appeal with a blooming front door display. Find a similar lined hanging basket with a sturdy handle at a crafts store, and fill with potting soil. Layer plants of various heights and textures like petunias, daffodils, violas, a succulent, and string of pearls. Secure lemons with florist picks; finish with a complementary ribbon. Give regular water and sun so it lasts all spring.
Daffodils can be short-lived, lasting only a few weeks. After they bloom, replace them with a small fern.
There really is no arranging in this arrangement. Simply place potted iris bulbs within a basket and cover with moss—it's as simple as that. Sound too easy to be true? We bet you'll be pleasantly surprised.
A Charming Trio
Don't let a single flower go to waste. Create a grouping of individual arrangements with leftover blooms and your favorite teacups or bowls. The trick to keeping these wonky flowers standing tall? Simply rest the stems in flower frogs placed at the bottoms of the containers. You can find flower frogs at Michaels.com to recreate this look.
For the kitchen, pick an arrangement that's equal parts attractive and practical. This one is planted with fragrant ingredients ready to be clipped for cooking. Fill a ceramic container (add a hole in the bottom for drainage) with potting soil. Then plant parsley, thyme, Swiss chard, and violas. Nestle a few tangerines on top for extra punch. Form a "handle" out of fresh rosemary. Water regularly, and keep in a sunny spot on the counter.
Tie a 3-inch florist foam cage that's been soaked in water to the center of a wooden stick. Use camellia greenery (the glossy green foliage) to cover the materials and give the wreath shape. Then tuck spiky sword fern behind Queen Anne's lace (the clusters of small ivory flowers) with hellebores sprouting from the greenery. A peony with a halo of variegated leaves acts as a focal point, but single blooms can be used to fill empty spaces. Tie a piece of ribbon to either side of the stick to serve as a hanger. These hardy flower and foliage selections will last a week. Swap out tired blooms to keep the swag fresh.
Don't worry—you can eat the asparagus too! Just be sure to sit the arrangement in a shallow dish of water so the stems stay fresh. We also recommend spritzing the arrangement with water twice daily.
Place a ball of chicken wire in a widemouthed shallow vase filled with water. Fan out variegated pittosporum (the leaves with white edges) and oakleaf hydrangea branches (the cone-shaped flowers) on either side of the arrangement. Add a cluster of peonies toward the bottom midsection to give it weight before tucking in oakleaf hydrangea leaves toward the bottom right.
How To Make an Easter Centerpiece
Mix up traditional floral arrangements with a bouquet of bright carrots at the heart of this more subtle Easter-inspired piece.
Flower Basket Arrangement
A-tisket, a-tasket—you're going to love this Easter basket. Customize it to work with your décor and the bouquets that are available at your local florist or grocery store. We love the look of this rustic pot, but feel free to use whatever you have on-hand.
A Group of Pretty Bud Vases
A cluster of elegant vessels can be just as impactful as a single centerpiece. Select a few simple vases (we suggest three to five) that vary slightly in height and shape. Fill each with water, and add one to three stems. Line them up along a windowsill, spread them out on a credenza, or accent a bedside table.
A sturdy head of cabbage makes an unlikely vase in this quirky arrangement. We love the combination of green leaves and bright pink flowers (we used tulips, hyacinth, and spray roses).
Start with a ceramic flowerpot (with a complementary saucer to catch any drainage) to create this centerpiece. Fill it with potting soil, and plant a collar of violas around the rim. Place blooming hyacinth bulbs in the center, and add a few stately salvias for height. We fashioned a "handle" out of thin wooden branches. Fill the saucer with decorative sheet moss, and finish the look with faux eggs and birds' nests.