There's a difference between shoving flowers into a vase and crafting an artful arrangement. That difference is mostly three things: Knowledge, ambition and a bit of floral foam. Whether you want to practice your florist skills to craft centerpieces for your DIY wedding or maybe just dress the dining room table, here are 10 helpful links that will help you become a pro.
Flower Arranging Secrets Straight from a Brooklyn Florist, Refinery 29
Taylor Patterson, owner of Fox Fodder Farm in Brooklyn, walks you through how to create two different bouquet styles, including the in-progress wildflower bouquet pictured above.
Here's Everything You Need to Know About Flower Arranging, Brit + Co
A really great 101-style course from Farmgirl Flowers that feels like walking through a florist's brain as they put together a wild arrangement.
Martha's Flower-Arranging Secrets, Martha Stewart
A mix of tips, tricks and inspiration from the quintessential hostess, Martha. My favorite was this tip to use clear tape to create a grid over the opening of your vase to keep flowers in place.
15 Gorgeous Flower Hacks That Will Blow Your Mind, Cosmopolitan
Jessica of Miss Daisy Flowers shares a bunch of solid tips for cutting and arranging flowers, including a simple tip for how to get that perfect twist from crisscrossing your flower stems.
How to Make Grocery Store Flowers Look Like a Million Bucks, My Domaine
Some great tips for how to make the most of what you've got. In this case, it's when all you've got is a few simple (and mostly underwhelming) grocery bouquets.
How To DIY a Modern Calla Lily Table Centerpiece, A Practical Wedding
This tutorial from Michelle Edgemont will teach you how to make this minimalist and modern centerpiece, but she peppers the how-to with lots of wise general advice about keeping and arranging flowers.
How to Wrap a Bouquet of Flowers, Say Yes
Here's a great how-to for when you want to gift a bouquet as a hostess gift. Liz includes a simple trick, too: Include a wet paper towel in plastic wrap at the bottom of your wrap to keep your cut stems hydrated.
How to Make a Wreath Super Fast, A Piece of Rainbow
A dollar-store hack that makes quick work of a wreath: Cut a round guide from a cheap laundry basket.
How To: Make a Citrus Flower Arrangement, Hello Glow
A beautiful way to up-style a simple centerpiece is with citrus slices–lemon, in this case–sandwiched between two glass vases of almost the same size.
DIY Citrus Floral Centerpiece, Style Me Pretty
If you don't have a vase, try this unique idea: Arrange flowers right inside a hollowed-out grapefruit.