Flower Arranging: Three Great How-Tos

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Bouquet by Sarah Ryhanen of Saipua (featured on Design*Sponge)

We can't imagine what kind of crazy big business online flower delivery does for Mother's Day. And with good reason! It's convenient, especially for long-distance families, and these days the companies are carrying some stylish bouquets designed by celebrity florists. Still, if you live within delivery distance of your mother, why not consider creating your own bouquet? It's less expensive, more personal, and hopefully more fun! Just in time for Mother's Day, we thought we'd share a few incredibly helpful sources for flower arranging tips and tricks...

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Yesterday Design*Sponge featured a wonderful little video in place of Sarah Ryhanen's usual (also wonderful) Weeder's Digest column. Sarah's flower business, Sapiua, is one of our absolute favorites, and it's both fun and educational to watch such a talented designer at work. She demonstrates how to arrange flowers in your hand, tying up the bouquet to maintain its shape, and she also shares the technique of creating a lattice of tape over the mouth of your container to give your freeform bouquet some structure.

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Martha Stewart is a predictable choice, but how could we leave her out? The floral design segments on her show are always helpful, and just paging through the bouquets on the Martha site is inspirational. A recent feature with New York florist duo Remco Van Vliet and Cas Trap contains a how-to video as well as step-by-step photo instructions. Van Vliet and Trap also recommend the hand-tying technique. We can't wait to try it!

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Truth be told, our favorite source of floral inspiration is not available online (gasp!); it's a book by Ariella Chezar called Flowers for the Table. Ariella's arrangements have a beautifully wild, organic feel, and the book, divided up by the seasons, does a great job of showing you how to replicate that feel in your own bouquets. If you want it in time for Mother's Day, head to your local library... otherwise, it's available here from Powell's. Also be sure to check out Ariella's portfolio for more inspiration.

And lastly, some more flower arranging inspiration from Apartment Therapy:
How To: Arrange Flowers
Learn to Arrange Flowers Like the French
How To: Arrange Fresh Summer Flowers in a Low Vase

(Images: Sarah Ryhanen at Design*Sponge; Martha Stewart; Ariella Chezar)