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Two tips for homeowners who are new to flower arranging

by Martha Reed

If you're new to flower arranging and would like to start adding some flower arrangements to your home, here are some tips to follow.

Avoid using glass vases until your flower arranging skills have improved

Even though flower arrangements can look beautiful in glass vases, it's best to avoid using these and instead use vases made of opaque materials like ceramic, until your confidence in your flower-arranging skills has grown. The reason for this is that in order for a flower arrangement in a transparent glass vase to look good and make your home more beautiful, the visible stems that are in the vase's water must be arranged just as neatly and artfully as the blooms that they're connected to.

The art of creating, for example, a spiral stem formation takes a bit of practice to master. Trying to do this, whilst also attempting to arrange the blooms themselves in a way that ensures each flower variety is evenly dispersed and the flowers as a whole are splayed out in a pretty way, is probably going to only lead to frustration. As such, it's best to stick to porcelain or ceramic vases that will hide the untidy-looking stems, until you've perfected the process of arranging the visible flowers, after which you can then use glass vases and work on making the stems in these look just as lovely as the flowers.

Purchase several small vases designed to hold just a few stems  

It's also a good idea to buy several small vases, each of which is designed to hold just a few stems. The first reason for this is that arranging a large bouquet of flowers in one large vase is very challenging and is unlikely to yield impressive results the first few times you try to do it. Conversely, making, for example, three or four single-stem roses look pretty in a smaller vase is relatively easy. If the first few small arrangements you create are to your liking, you'll be more motivated to continue practising and eventually become adept at creating gorgeous larger arrangements for your home.

Additionally, doing this will allow you to add flowers to several areas of your home with just one bouquet. This will mean that you won't need to spend lots of money on multiple big bouquets, in order to add some flower arrangements to a dozen or more of the windowsills, tables and other surfaces in each room. 

For more information, contact a local florist