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How to Arrange Flowers Like a Florist

I’ve always had a [costly] love for flowers— to the extent a florist used to carry my house key.

Alas, it didn’t take long to learn those pretty arrangements were a pricey luxury. I’ve since learned how to turn store-bought flowers into pro-worthy bouquets. DIY-ing this will save you big money, so I wanted to share some quick tricks.

Let’s start with an arrangement of roses, because it’s one flower you can find year-round.

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1. Line a circular vase with with ti leaves (or a green leaf alternative). Slice off the stem, so only the widest part of each leaf is used. Depending on the height of your vase, you may need two leaves.

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2. Tightly fill your vase with roses. Cut each stem so the roses hit just above the top of the vase.

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3. Take a small bundle of bear grass (or similar-looking alternative), and tie one end together using string or a rubber band. Tightly insert the bundle on one end of the arrangement.

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4. Pull the grass to the other side of the arrangement…

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5. … + tie it to a single rose stem so the bundle stays in place. You can choose to tuck the grass in, or leave it hanging (as pictured).

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Don’t stress if some pieces don’t remain secured. Imperfections add a fun and modern element.

Note: Some stores may not individually sell ti leaves and/or bear grass. However, I’ve noticed a number of places sell those items (or something similar) as part of a flower bouquet. Remember, you can swap out roses for any flower you’re eyeing.

 

Photos by Annie Shak