While I love the way fresh cut flowers can brighten up a room, I’ve never done much more than trim the stems and throw the whole bunch in a vase of water. I assumed that anything more than that would be too time-consuming and tedious, but I was so wrong! Creating an easy flower arrangement is something I’m confident just about anyone can do.
On a recent trip to Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, I learned how to create this easy flower arrangement. The folks from Nature’s Flowers walked a group of us through the process, giving us lots of helpful tips along the way.
I love how my holiday-themed arrangement turned out! Using the red and green Twizzlers candy in the bottom is so unexpected and makes for a fun and festive look.
The great thing about this method is that you can easily adapt it for arrangements to fit any occasion. Above you can see some of the other items that my fellow Walmart Moms used — apples, fresh cranberries, citrus fruits…The possibilities are endless!
Supplies you’ll need:
- tall glass vase (vase pictured from Walmart)
- bowl that fits snugly in top of vase (pictured Great Value Twist & Store containers)
- wet floral foam
- filler item (ornaments, apples, fresh cranberries, citrus fruits, etc.)
- filler greenery
- floral shears
The real test was to see if I could create something similar at home, so I stopped by Walmart and picked up the items pictured. Depending on what you already have at home, your out of pocket costs may just be limited to the flowers and possibly the floral foam. Beautiful and frugal — love it!
Speaking of floral foam, make sure that what you’re using is the wet floral foam, not to be confused with the foam used for faux flower arrangements. Wet floral foam is designed to absorb and hold the water, keeping your arrangement fresh and beautiful.
How To Create An Easy Flower Arrangement
To start, you’ll need to find a vase that’s on the taller side and a bowl that will fit snugly in the top. I found this vase at Walmart, and these Great Value Twist & Store containers fit perfectly in the top. This is a one-time investment that can be used over and over again. But you may already own something that’s suitable, so shop your home first!
Now is when you can get creative and fill your vase with whatever fits the theme of your get together. I filled my vase up with mini ornaments, and then I placed my bowl inside the top of the vase.
Cut a piece of wet floral foam so that it’s about twice as tall as the bowl you’re using and soak it thoroughly with water. Then squash the wet floral foam down inside the bowl.
With floral shears, trim the bottom of each flower at a sharp angle as you go, and start placing them randomly into the wet floral foam, creating a spherical look. Since I used a variety of flowers, I started with the largest flowers first and then moved on to the smaller flowers. Continue placing your flowers until you get the full look you want to achieve.
At this point I wanted to go back in and fill in the bare spots with some filler greenery. Unfortunately, my local store didn’t carry anything that was suitable. If you’d like more, you could use some cuttings from your bushes or even pay your local Christmas tree farm a visit for some evergreen trimmings.
How To Care For Your Flower Arrangement
With just a little daily attention, your simple and easy flower arrangement can last for a week or more. Try to keep your arrangement in a cool spot, away from direct sunlight. Check the floral foam daily to ensure that it’s still saturated, and add water as needed. Remove wilted blooms, as necessary.
This arrangement only took about 15 minutes to complete. While that’s longer and a little more involved than just tossing the flowers in a vase, it’s SO much prettier and more impressive for a special occasion!