DIY Floral Arrangements (Beginner Friendly!)

by | Mar 26, 2024 | Blog, Business, Create, Entertaining, Home

Spring is in the air and the flowers are in bloom! DIY floral arrangements are a perfect (and affordable) way to flex your creative muscles and add a touch of natural beauty to your living space. While it may be tempting to purchase pre-arranged bouquets at your local grocery store, it’s often cheaper to find fresh flowers at your local farmer’s markets! All it takes is a little guidance and a willingness to embrace your inner artist and you’ll be whipping up stunning DIY floral designs like a pro in no time!

DIY Floral Arrangements (Beginner Friendly!)

Flowers are a fresh and easy way to brighten up your home. They add color, life, and texture to any space and can be customized to fit any budget, design style, and color palette. But the best thing about DIY floral arrangements is the inspiration that they bring! It’s no secret that artists have been drawn to the subject of flowers for centuries; they’re beautiful, abundant, and (unlike human subjects) they stay still long enough to be painted. By choosing to DIY your floral arrangements, you will always be able to build a bouquet within your style and budget.

How to Create DIY Floral Engagements

Choose Your Vessel

Every bouquet begins with a solid foundation and the container you select will set the tone for your entire arrangement! Will you be using your grandmother’s vintage crystal vase, a mason jar, or maybe a funky flea market find? Knowing your base will help you choose the right blossoms.

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Mix Textures and Shapes

Want a design that’s visually intriguing? Create a balanced bouquet featuring flowers of different shapes, sizes, and textures! Or, for something a little simpler, stick to just a few varieties of flowers within a simple color palette.

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Color & Texture

To us, this is the best part about creating DIY floral arrangements: the ability to get exactly what you want! If you’re like our founder, Dionne Woods of The Turquoise Iris, then you like to go for big, bold blossoms with lots of color and texture. If you prefer a more refined and cohesive look, you can build your arrangement around two or three main hues. Think orange and yellow, pink and red, or blue and white.

Don’t Forget the Greenery

We LOVE the way a bouquet can transform from basic to bountiful with just a few lush fronds of foliage! Greenery is an accessible, affordable addition that adds depth and dimension to any floral masterpiece.

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Minimalist Masterpieces

Trying to keep things simple? Then the Japanese art of flower arranging known as ikebana may be perfect for you! Ikebana is a practice that follows some understated principles:

  1. Zen — These DIY floral arrangements are all about taking the time to appreciate nature.
  2. Minimalism — Don’t have a lot of flowers to work with? No problem! This particular practice emphasizes minimalism to highlight the natural beauty of plant life.
  3. Lines & Balance — While true ikebana masterpieces follow strict rules regarding height and angles, you can choose to emphasize whatever pleases your eyes. Play with asymmetry and let those gorgeous blooms take center stage!

Like most creative endeavors, the true power of DIY floral arrangements lies in your experience of building the bouquet. Not only will you be able to capture your unique sense of style and design, but you’ll also gain a better understanding of balance, composition, and color theory… All of which will only serve to improve your creative skillset!

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Find even more inspiration in The Turquoise Iris Journal

From fresh-cut flower farms like Hidden Hemlock to flower photography tips from Leah McClane of The Salted Image, you can find all kinds of inspiration in past issues of The Turquoise Iris Journal and in upcoming issues! Subscribe today for endlessly inspiring creativity from artists around the world.

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