How to Arrange Flowers for a Small Vase



This article describes how to arrange flowers using a small vase to achieve a simple yet very stylish arrangement.

Steps

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    Remove any thorns using the knife. Remove any leaves that will be below the water level of the vase. Leaves will rot in water and make the flowers wilt more quickly, causing the water to smell.
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    Prepare the vase. Make sure that your vase is clean. Fill with fresh cold water and add a small dash of household bleach to keep it nice and fresh. This may sound unlikely but it really works.
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    Line the vase. For this article, an aspidistra leaf is used. You can use any long leaf that is available.
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    Cut the stems. The flowers should stand 6 centimeter (2.4 in) taller or half the height of the vase. This will ensure that they float over the top of the vase.
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    Always cut stems on an angle. This allows as much water as possible to be drawn up to the head of the flower.
    • With woody stems, such as roses, slightly split the stems up to 2 centimeter (0.8 in) up the middle as well.
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    Arrange the flowers. Place the flowers in the vase, ensuring that they are all the same height and are evenly placed.
    • Using the bear grass, put one end in close to the edge of the vase and loop it over the flowers.
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    • Then loop it into the other side.
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    • Repeat four times to give a stylish finish to your arrangement.
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Tips

  • A floral frog or pebbles can help to anchor flowers to the base of the vase.
  • It can also assist the chlorine bleach if you add a little sugar to the water to give the flowers some glucose.
  • Aspirin added to the water also helps to preserve flowers longer.
  • Even children can arrange flowers in a short, small vase and learn the elements of easy floral arrangement. Encourage their creativity and let them play with the arrangement forms.

Warnings

  • Take care not to remove too many leaves - only the ones that will be sitting in the water.
  • Avoid cutting the stems too short.

Things You'll Need

  • Small clear glass vase, three quarters full of water
  • Short stemmed flowers (for example, roses)
  • 1 aspidistra leaf
  • Bear grass
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Vegetable knife
  • Dash of household bleach

Sources and Citations

  • VideoJug A video of making a small flower arrangement. Original source of article. Shared with permission and appreciation.

Article Info

Categories: Flower Arranging and Floral Art