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How To Make Tulip Arrangements

Are you wondering how to make Tulip Arrangements? Read below for all our tulip tips and tricks and 5 beautiful and easy to make DIY tulip arrangements.

Tulip Arrangement Tutorial

It’s Tulip Season – Time to Make some Tulip Arrangements!

It’s the time of year for tulips! Tulips are one of my favourite flowers. They make me feel like spring is going to pop around the corner at any second. This ‘how to’ will teach you how to make a tulip arrangement. Tulip arrangements are easy to make and perfect to welcome spring. For this arrangement I used 30 tulips (3 bunches) and the vase I am using is a 4″x4″ square. The tulips are quite tight but if your tulips are a bit more open you could certainly make do with 20 tulips for this size vase.

Vases that will work well for this type of arrangement are either a square vase or a cylinder – something that is a consistent size from the top to the bottom. One thing to know when making a dense flower arrangement like this is, no matter what kind of flowers you are using, it always takes more flowers than you think!

This video will teach you how to arrange tulips 5 different ways…or read below for the written tutorial

1. Pick the colours for your Tulip Arrangement

Tulips are so versatile for this! Single colour, double colour or multi-colour arrangements all look great. 

How to Make a Tulip Arrangement

2. Clean your flowers for your Tulip Arrangement

Cleaning means removing all the yucky leaves. With any flowers, you don’t want too many leaves below the water line. This causes bacteria to build in the water, therefore shortening your flowers life. With tulips, I remove the leaves that are already drooping or torn. You’ll have a lot less bulk when you’re done, but they look more tidy and the flowers really show!

How to Make a Tulip Arrangement - before and after cleaning the tulips

3. Have your supplies ready

A vase filled with water and floral food, pruning sheers, and ‘clean’ flowers are needed to get started.

How to Make a Tulip Arrangement

4. Start building your Tulip arrangement in your hand

Building your arrangement in your hand gives you great control. The way you make the arrangement in your hand is how it will look in the vase. Try and keep the heads of your flowers even. If you are combining colours try combining them in groups instead of individual flowers – a cluster of 4 pink, a cluster of 5 yellow, a cluster of 5 pink etc… There is no right way when it comes to tulip arrangements; just do whatever looks best! If you are right handed, like I am, hold the arrangement in your left hand and add the flowers with your right constantly turning the arrangement with your right hand to add flowers to all sides. It might take a bit of practice to get the hang of making the arrangement in your hand but once you get it it is a snap! Don’t be afraid to start over a few times if you have to.

How to Make a Tulip Arrangement

5. Give the stems a cut

Cut all the tulip stems at the same time. You want your flower heads to sit slightly above the top of the vase. To measure, move your vase to the edge of the table and hold the flowers where you want them. The taller your tulips are from the top the vase, the more likely they are to splay outwards and lose their tight form. Did you know that tulips are one of the only cut flowers that continue to grow once they are cut? That means that day by day they will get a bit taller and flow above the vase. Feel free to cut them daily if you want to keep this tight look. The shorter the stems, the better to start. Make your cut!

How to Make a Tulip Arrangement

6. Carefully place your flowers in the vase

Make sure to hold them in their shape the whole time. When the stems are touching the bottom of the vase let go of the arrangement. Ta da!

Tulip Arrangement

7. You’re done your Tulip Arrangement!

Tulips drink a lot of water so be sure to top up regularly. If the water starts looking murky give it a full change.

Pro tip: Do you want to know how to make tulips last longer? Drop a penny in the water to make your tulips stand longer. It’s amazing what this does to make your tulips last longer! It is almost like magic 😉 Pop these somewhere special to brighten up your home!

Will you be placing your tulip arrangement on your dining table? Read our 5 Step Guide for Setting the Perfect Table – these tulip arrangements are the perfect starting point!

Thinking of giving a bunch of flowers as a gift to someone? This post share 4 creative ways to wrap flowers to make a great gift!

Tulip Arrangements

Watch our Video for How to Make 5 More Styles of Tulip Arrangements

Some of my Favourite Vases for Tulip Arrangements

5 More Tulip Arrangement Ideas

1. Use a Pitcher for a Freshly Picked Look

A pitcher makes a beautiful vessel for an organic tulip arrangement with a ‘freshly picked’ feel. This arrangement used 25 double tulips.

2. Make Multiple Small Tulip Arrangements

Separating one bunch of tulips into smaller vases to create a vignette is a beautiful way to make an impact without having too many flowers. Try pairing your vases with some books and a candle to make a nice composition for a coffee or side table.

Beautiful Books for Floral Design Inspiration and Learning

3. Add Some Greenery for a Posey

Fresh greenery from the garden along with a couple of stems of daffodils can turn one bunch of tulips into a lovely arrangement. Always select a smaller vase than you would think necessary when making an arrangement so you can create a piece that looks nice and full.

4. Use a Floral Frog

A floral frog allows you to make a unique and architectural tulip arrangement and is perfect for just one bunch of tulips.

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  1. […] 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 […]

  2. […] Tulips are the first sign of spring at the flower markets. However, they can be a bit pesky once you bring them home. Read for our tips to make a foolproof tulip arrangement. […]

  3. […] Psst – do you have a bunch of tulips of your own? Read this post to learn how to make a tulip arrangement! […]

  4. Erica Desjardins says:

    Thank you for this! I will strive to arrange them just like this. What size is your square vase please?

  5. 40+ says:

    I liked this post so much that I have linked to it from my blog (Links you will like). Thank you for the lovely pictures and inspiration.

  6. I love this arrangement!

  7. Sophia says:

    I really needed this post today! Tulips (and spring) seem so far away from the current snow globe I seem to be living in!

    • Emily H says:

      Thanks so much for reading Sophia! I agree, spring seems far away, but flowers help. I checked out your blog, it’s fabulous! You have great fashion knowledge and passion, it’s really impressive! I’ll be checking it regularly now.

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