10. Vase Envy
The flowers aren’t everything. The vase you choose makes a big impact on your floral arrangement, so get creative and don’t be afraid to use odd containers as your vase. Anything that will hold water will do! Just look through your drinking glasses and you’ll find a variety of vases you probably never thought to use. Even a tin can be a beautiful way to showcase flowers.
11. Floral Foam To The Rescue
For odd shaped containers, use floral foam to help create shapes that would otherwise be impossible. Floral foam also helps in any vase or container that is not transparent to create height and drama to flowers that would otherwise fall to the side. It can be easily cut to any shape or size you want, then you simply soak it in water for 20-30 minutes before beginning. Read more about this centerpiece here.
12. Make Them Last
If you’re going to go through all of the effort to put together your own flower arrangement, you want to make sure it lasts, right!? Other than cutting the stems at an angle and removing any foliage that would be under the water line, I wanted to know what I could add to the water to keep my cut flowers looking perky for longer. And, honestly, after reading up on it, I’m not convinced that adding bleach, soda, or vinegar to the water does more good than harm.
The only thing that seems to double the life span of my floral arrangements is popping them in the fridge at night before bed. I’m lucky enough to have an extra fridge in my garage that I leave space in for this exact reason, and it is probably the most important step if you really want your flowers to last! I suppose there is a reason flowers are kept in the fridge at most florists.
Changing the water as soon as it starts to look anything less than clear is also very helpful. For flowers that have a thick, hard stem, try pounding the ends with a hammer to help them absorb water better. I’ve also found that hairspray sprayed on the underneath part of fragile flowers keeps them from losing their leaves and drooping as fast. You can also lightly mist the rest of the bouquet for longevity.