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How to make Small Flower Arrangements

How to make small flower arrangements for every room of your house using glasses as vases

Wondering How to make Small Flower Arrangements?

I’m the kind of girl that likes to have flowers in every room. I have a small apartment and to have one large arrangement would overwhelm my space. Instead, I like to buy a few bunches of flowers and then make my own small flower arrangements to scatter all over the place. Today, I made small flower arrangements for the kitchen, bathroom, and bedside table.

Here is what I purchased to make all 3:

6 garden roses (similar: roses, carnation, peony or anything with a medium sized bloom) These are your feature flowers.
10 stems tulips (similar: lisianthus, ranunculus, anenome, spray carnation or anything with a small bloom) These are your secondary feature flowers.
2 stems viburnum/6 flower heads total (similar: hydrangea, spider mum or anything with a large bloom) These are your bulk flowers.
5 stems solidago (similar: wax flower, baby’s breath, astrantia, aster or any fill flower) These are your fill flowers.
5 stems waxflower (similar: same as above) These are your fill flowers.
5 stems eucalyptus (similar: seeded eucalypus, fern, anything with a loose form) These are your loose greens.
10 stems myrtle (similar: boxwood, ruscus, anything with a stiff form) These are your stiff greens.


Clean Your Flowers

Cleaning flowers- the first step to making a flower arrangement is prepping (cleaning) the flowers and greens.

Cleaning your flowers is first thing and an important step. This means getting your flowers prepared to use. With flowers, like roses for example, I like to remove the majority of the leaves. It feels wasteful to remove the green from all your flowers but you don’t want leaves in the water because they will breed bacteria. Removing them will ensure your arrangement lives longer. See THIS POST from last year on how I clean tulips – it is the same manner for all flowers. The photo above shows greens after they have been cleaned. I have broken the greens into smaller segments instead of using one full branch. Since we are only making small flower arrangements, you will not need the full branch, rather just the ‘twigs’.


Kitchen Flowers

How to make a small flower arrangement

I like the most showy arrangement to be in my kitchen or common area. I used a glass with a 3 inch opening and a pedestal base. Since I was going for a loose feel with this arrangement I made a grid on the top of the vase using floral tape that is 1/4″ thick and made 1-2″ squares. The grid helps your flowers stay in place. I use this grid method when making a loose arrangement. You will see below the different method I use for a tight arrangement.

For this arrangement I used: 3 viburnum heads, 2 roses, 3 tulips, fill and greens as needed.

To make the arrangement I give each flower a fresh cut and then place my flowers largest to smallest adding in greens between each flower.

The order in which I placed the flowers was: viburnum, greens, roses, greens, tulips, greens, fill flowers, greens.

I allowed the greens to be a bit wild and fall outwards away from the arrangement and the flowers were a bit more concentrated in the centre. This bouquet is done…on to the next!

**If you substitute your viburnum for something else you will not need 3, the viburnum I got were smaller. Substitutes could be 1 large white hydrangea or 2 mini green hydrangea in place of the viburnum.

How to make small flower arrangements for every room of your house using glasses as vases


Bathroom Flowers

A bathroom flower arrangement is such a nice touchShop this adorable wallpaper

Bathrooms are usually a smaller space so something small and sweet is all that is needed. The vase I used here has only a 1″ opening – very tiny!

This bouquet used: 1 rose, 1 tulip, and greens and fill as needed.

Bedside Table Flowers

How to make small flower arrangements for every room of your house using glasses as vases
Shop this gilded monogram Anthropologie glass/vase

I like to keep bedside table arrangements low and in a well balanced vase. I can’t even count how many times I have spilled my glass of water when reaching for my cell phone in the morning – a sturdy glass is key! This bouquet is more compact than the kitchen arrangement so I made it in my hand like a traditional hand tied bouquet. THIS POST provides instructions on how to do this style of arrangement. I secure the arrangement with tape or an elastic around the stems when I am done and give the stems a cut all at once so they are completely even. Similar to the first arrangement, add the flowers from largest to smallest adding greens in between each step.

This bouquet used: 3 viburnum heads, 3 roses, 5 tulips, and greens and fill as needed


comments +

  1. Meghan

    February 12th, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Gorgeous!! I’ve been wanting to learn how to arrange flowers for a long time. Thank you for the helpful tips!

  2. Lesile Rossi

    February 12th, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    pretty! doesn’t seem that hard to do

  3. Rachel

    February 12th, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Wow this is sooooo gorgeous!!! <3 I'm in love with it! I love to make little bouquets of flowers from the garden, or wildflowers in the spring and summer. I love your tips!

  4. Caitlyn

    February 12th, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Absolutely breath taking 🙂 I’ll be stealing a few of these! *pinned!*


  5. Ruthie

    February 13th, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    What a gorgeous arrangement. Doing things like this have always intimidated me. Seeing you break it down makes it seem totally doable! Love this!!

  6. Emily H

    February 17th, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks Ruthie!! IT is doable for sure, give it a shot!! Thanks for reading!

  7. Cielo

    February 15th, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    I love how beautiful your arrangements are! Thanks for posting this! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  8. Emily H

    February 17th, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Thank so much Cielo, and thank you for reading!

  9. Clara

    February 16th, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Very beautiful.

  10. Emily H

    February 17th, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Thank you Clara!

  11. Lauren

    February 16th, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    These arrangements are all so gorgeous!! I just got a new apartment and I can’t wait to try these!

    xo Lauren

  12. Emily H

    February 17th, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks so much Lauren! Give it a try for sure, you’ll feel so fresh with flowers all over 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Inês Walter

    February 16th, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    This is so gorgeous Emily! I love to make little arrangements too!
    Thank’s for sharing! 🙂

  14. Inês Walter

    February 16th, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    This is so gorgeous Emily! I love to make little arrangements too!
    Thank’s for sharing! 🙂

  15. Emily H

    February 17th, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Thank you! Aren’t they fun to make?! Thanks for reading!

  16. The Pink Envelope

    February 17th, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    This is awesome! I wish I could have read this a long time ago. My mother in law is very good at this but it doesn’t come naturally to me. Thank you!

  17. Emily H

    February 18th, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    It just takes a bit of practice! Start with a small vase and always have more flowers than you think you will need to fill it! Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  18. Amanda | Maple Alps

    February 18th, 2016 at 11:50 am

    These are so so pretty! I LOVE having fresh flowers around the house. Your little arrangements are so cute! I can’t wait to get some more fresh flowers!

  19. Emily H

    February 18th, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks so much Amanda!

  20. Pam

    February 18th, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Very pretty! Thank you for the tip!

  21. Emily H

    February 18th, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks for reading, Pam!

  22. Tess

    February 18th, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    These are gorgeous! I would love to have bunches of flowers like this scattered around my apartment!

  23. Emily H

    February 18th, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks Tess! Yes I love it too, it brightens my day! Thanks for reading!

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