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How to arrange everyday flowers - tips and tricks for a beautiful flower arrangement

I started this blog in 2008 to share the little ways that I celebrate every day. My style has evolved, but it has always been simple. I’ll often take photographs of minute details and wonder “is it too simple to share?” Over lunch last week with Becky and Christina we were discussing my Instagram feed and how followers there really gravitate toward photographs of my flower arrangements. When Becky said she could never arrange roses and thistle like that, I asked her why not? It’s so easy! I first thought it was too simple to share and then realized that’s exactly what we all want to look at sometimes – effortless ideas that we can actually use. These everyday flowers are beautiful for a bedside table, living room arrangement or even a bouquet.

Learn how to arrange flowers with this step by step tutorial

The truth is, I’m not a florist. I just love arranging flowers on a whim and the feeling it evokes in our home and my heart. One reason thistle are is one of my favorite everyday flowers is because the thistle does the work for you – they hold the rose blooms in place. They also make sparse arrangements feel fuller, requiring less blooms and expense. If that isn’t enough, they last for several weeks and are the prettiest subdued shade of purple. I usually find them for $6 for a large bunch at Whole Foods.

Learn how to arrange flowers with this step by step tutorial

This arrangement dried after a couple weeks, but I repurposed the thistle in a fresh flower arrangement.

Another one of my favorite everyday flowers is roses, of course. Garden, preferably, but this $5 bunch of roses from Trader Joe’s never disappoints. Roses tend to have fuller blooms than most flowers, making them a great candidate to fill an arrangement on their own.

To create this arrangement, you’ll need:

  • a few stems of blue thistle  {aka sea holly}Learn how to arrange flowers with this step by step tutorial
  • 1 bunch of roses Learn how to arrange flowers with this step by step tutorial
  • scissors
  • vase {filled with water}
  1. Trim thistle to desire  height, but leaving a few to a stem. Learn how to arrange flowers with this step by step tutorial
  2. Insert thistle into your vase. How to arrange everyday flowers - tips and tricks for a beautiful flower arrangement
  3. Hold the rose up to your vase and determine where the length the stem should be cut. Cut stem at an angle. How to arrange everyday flowers - tips and tricks for a beautiful flower arrangement
  4. Remove and leaves/smaller stems that will fall below the rim of your vase. How to arrange everyday flowers - tips and tricks for a beautiful flower arrangement
  5. Insert rose stem in between thistle. Learn how to create an inexpensive flower arrangement in just 5 minutes
  6. Repeat step 5 on all sides of the vase, continuing to nestle blooms between thistles so that they hold them in place and continue until all gaps are filled.
     How to arrange everyday flowers - tips and tricks for a beautiful flower arrangement Learn how to arrange flowers with this step by step tutorial
    How to arrange everyday flowers - tips and tricks for a beautiful flower arrangement How to arrange everyday flowers - tips and tricks for a beautiful flower arrangement

So forgive me if this is too easy, but if you do find value in it, let me know. And of course, if you make one of your own, I’d love to see. Just tag me on Instagram.

How to arrange everyday flowers - tips and tricks for a beautiful flower arrangement

entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

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