Whether you’re buying a bunch of flowers for Valentine’s Day (which is less than two weeks away) or as a treat for yourself, you want them to look just as beautiful in a vase as they do in the store.
But for those of us who aren’t florists it can be hard to know what to do with a bunch of flowers beyond sticking them in a vase.
And even when we do put them in a lovely vessel, they can flop to the sides, look too tall or short, or too sparse for the vase.
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Of course, there are hacks to solve all these problems and elevate your bunch of flowers at the same time.
Here are three tricks that cover the basics of flower arranging.
Stop flowers drooping in a big vase
This one is so simple that we’re surprised we hadn’t thought of it until we saw this TikTok posted by Jennifer on her channel @offliveoak.
“Big vases look amazing! Unfortunately, trying to make floral arrangements look good inside them can be difficult… but not when you use this simple trick!” she captioned the video.
In the clip Jennifer starts by putting a bunch of foliage in a big vase without any support, and naturally all the stems fall to the rim of the vase leaving nothing in the centre.
To fix it, she takes a narrow vase and places it in the middle of the big vase and then pops her eucalyptus in.
With the foliage now in the hidden narrow vase, the sprigs stand up straight and look so much fuller.
Tape grid hack for a stunning arrangement
To arrange flowers with ease and hold them in place in the vase, try the popular tape grid hack.
“The tape grid changed my life!” said TikToker Liz, who demonstrated the hack in a video on her channel.
All you need to do is take a roll of sticky tape – clear or green is best – and place strips across the top of the vase in one direction and then the other way to make a grid pattern.
Then you are left with smaller gaps to put your flowers into, allowing you to easily try different arrangements with your flowers depending on colour, size and type.
Liz recommends using a wide, shallow vase for a more professional look, and using florist tape or Scotch tape for the grid.
Then she suggests arranging greenery first.
“Place greenery along the edge of the grid, alternating between styles,” she said.
Next it’s time for the flowers.
“Continue to add your florals, alternating between styles and working your way up to the centre of your grid,” she said.
Once you’ve added flowers use the rest of your foliage to fill gaps or sparse spots.
To finish, Liz added water using a jug and trimmed off the excess tape.
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Trim flowers to just the right height
If you’ve ever trimmed flowers to fit a specific vase only to cut them too short, you’ll want to try this hack.
Gardener Bren shared this trick on her TikTok page @ggthegardengirl.
“To quickly achieve the perfect stem length so that your bloom is sitting exactly where you’d like it to in the arrangement, line up the vase at the edge of the bench, then hold the stem [along the edge of the bench], adjusting it up and down until you have the desired height,” she explained.
Then you just trim the part of the stem that sits under the edge of the table, and you’re ready to add into the vase.
“As easy as that,” she said.
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