How To Make Beautiful Flower Arrangements

Posted by Dani on June 19, 2013

beautiful flower arrangement

Todays flower arranging lesson is brought to you by my 15 year old. Lately, Isabel has picked up the habit of heading out into the garden with the dog and coming back in with an armful of flowers. She plunks these into random vases, and leaves them all over the house. It’s been a real treat these last few weeks to have the house smell like summer.

beautiful flower arrangements

Her arranging lesson will be pretty short. Here it goes:

1. Pick random flowers
2. Plunk them into a vase
3. Enjoy

That’s it. The thing is – this really works! Her arrangements all look gorgeous. Have a look at a few here.

beautiful flower arrangements

beautiful flower arrangements

How does she do this so effortlessly? I think it’s just by using no effort whatsoever. No big plan. No pressure. No cares about what actually goes in the vase, or what you use for a vase. No checking on Pinterest for inspiration. It seems you can’t make a bad arrangement with garden flowers. In fact, I think if you look closely at the photos, you’ll notice that some of these flowers are actually weeds. Yes, even weeds make nice flower arrangements.

beautiful flower arrangements

I especially love her technique of using no technique. So a bouquet of white peonies looks great with 2 pink peonies and 1 red poppy mixed in. It all works – everything seems to look good together. Who knew?

So why don’t you get out in the garden and pick a few things? Don’t forget to throw in some random branches and even a weed or 2. Pop them all in a glass. Or a jar. Or even a vase. Then sit back and admire your no-skill flower arranging skills. Now, if Isabel comes up with some no-skill cooking skills, I’m all set.

beautiful flower arrangements

30 Responses to “How To Make Beautiful Flower Arrangements”

  1. jackie says:

    I love this. It’s like Picasso said: it took only a few years to learn how to paint like a master, but he spent a lifetime learning to paint like a child. How is it that they do everything with such creative, artistic ease? I painstakingly stress over the placement of each branch and bloom, and it never looks right! And how lovely that she’s sharing her appreciation of the beauty of your garden by decorating your home with her creations.

    • Dani says:

      Thanks for your comment. So true! I struggle over my arrangements. She just throws them in a vase, and they look great! The lesson I took away was to loosen up a little. Or maybe just put her in charge of the flowers 😉

  2. mara says:

    Your daughter has a real talent. When I plunk flowers in a vase they look terrible.

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Mara! I agree – I really work hard to try and get something I like. I’m going to try changing things up and being a little more random.

  3. Tiffany @ mydirt says:

    No fuss. No muss. I’ve always loved the effortless beauty in life.

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Tiffany. I have to admit I always try to make the flowers look perfect – and it never seems to work. I think the no fuss approach is the way to go.

  4. Kathryn says:

    Hmm…maybe it is that simple! I can’t wait for my perennials to bloom so I can have some fresh garden flowers!

    • Dani says:

      I usually hesitate to take too many out of the garden, thinking I don’t want the garden flowers to look sparse. But I think I’m going for it this summer, and bringing loads in!

  5. I like her tutorial, and I’ll go try that out – today!

  6. First of all, for a 15 year old to actually care about her surroundings at home like that is a true testament to parenting skills! Bravo! She has a natural talent, I love the use of contrast, my favorite design element! She sounds just as amazing as her Mom, another creative beauty in the family! xo

  7. Tia says:

    I used to do this a lot when I was a kid; there were lots of wild flowers growing in the fields behind my parent’s house. It’s lovely to have fresh flowers in the house, and so sweet that your daughter took the time to make something so pretty. Hand picked flowers are best when they are not too affected — plunked into a vase = perfection.

    • Dani says:

      Her little flower habit is really brightening up the house. How great that you grew up that way! Makes me wonder why I have spent so much time over the years growing flowers, but not bringing them in. Time to change that up!

  8. I think I love it because it is so “natural” – nothing contrived or fussy! Kudos to your daughter for going with the flow!

    • Dani says:

      Thanks for visiting, Donna. I am trying hard to remind myself that simpler is better. Sometimes kids are the best at this.

  9. Nothing better than fresh cut flowers from the garden!

  10. Jo-Anna says:

    Beautiful! How thoughtful and sweet of your daughter! Love it!

  11. I totally agree. Just bringing fresh flowers inside makes everything better! It doesn’t have to be complicated.

  12. These are awesome and beautiful! I certainly can’t just “plunk” them in and make it look THIS good…but it certainly has inspired me to try! What are the small purple ones? I love them so much!

    • Dani says:

      I feel the same way, but I’m going to be giving it some practice this summer. The little purple ones are from a flowering bush I have in the garden – can’t recall the name.

  13. Beautiful! Nothing makes a room look brighter than with fresh flowers.
    Gorgeous arrangements, great tips.

  14. You have a budding florist in your midst or an interior design?! These are very beautiful!

  15. Amy says:

    You know how some things just comes naturally for some people? I wonder if this is one of her strengths?

    • Dani says:

      She definitely has a knack. I remember when my girls were young, wondering what their natural gifts might be. Isn’t it great to watch when you get to watch your kids’ talents unfold?

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