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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 small flower arrangements:

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, 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’.


Small Flower Arrangements in the Kitchen

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.

This arrangement 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 in the vase starting with the largest first down to the smallest. Add 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


Small Flower Arrangements for the Bathroom

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.

Small Flower Arrangements for the Bedroom

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


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  1. Tess says:

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

  2. Pam says:

    Very pretty! Thank you for the tip!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

    • Emily H says:

      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!

  5. Inês Walter says:

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

  6. Inês Walter says:

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

  7. Lauren says:

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

    xo Lauren

  8. Clara says:

    Very beautiful.

  9. Cielo says:

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

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  10. Ruthie says:

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

  11. Caitlyn says:

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


  12. Rachel says:

    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!

  13. Lesile Rossi says:

    pretty! doesn’t seem that hard to do

  14. Meghan says:

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

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