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're practicing your florist skills to craft centerpieces for your DIY wedding, need a quick hostess gift, or maybe want to just dress the holiday 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.
- Re-edited from a post originally scheduled 3/30/2016 - DF