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10-Minute Easy Flower Arrangement for the Holidays and Beyond

Create your own easy flower arrangement for the holidays or any occasion with this simple step-by-step technique… Gorgeous and impressive!

easy christmas flowers arrangement

Easy Flower Arrangement For The Holidays

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 dang 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 a gorgeous and easy flower arrangement, is something I’m confident ANYONE can do.


christmas flowers with tara kuczykowski of unsophisticook

On a recent trip to Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, I learned how to create this simple holiday flower arrangement. The folks from Nature’s Flowers walked a group of us through the process, giving us tons of helpful tips along the way.

I just adore how my holiday-themed flower arrangement turned out! Using the red and green Twizzlers candy in the bottom is so unexpected and whimsical, which really makes for a fun and festive look.

easy christmas flowers arrangements with the walmart moms

The best 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, candy, fresh cranberries, citrus fruits… The possibilities are truly endless!

diy floral arrangement supplies

Easy Flower Arrangement Supplies

The real test was to see if I could recreate something similar at home, so I stopped by Walmart and picked up the items pictured above. Depending on what you already have at home, your out-of-pocket costs may just be limited to just the flowers and possibly the floral foam. Beautiful and frugal — love it!

Supplies you’ll need:

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 for an extended period of time.

holiday floral arrangement with christmas ornaments

How To Make A Holiday Floral 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!

diy christmas flowers arrangement using wet floral foam

Now is when you can get creative and fill your vase up with whatever fits the theme of your get together. I filled my vase up with mini shatterproof Christmas 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 gently press the wet floral foam down inside the bowl.

christmas flowers arrangement in wet floral foam with christmas ornaments

Using floral shears, trim the bottom of each flower at a sharp angle as you go, and start sticking them randomly into the wet floral foam. The objective is to create a spherical look. Stepping back to asses your work from several angles will help you stay on track.

Since I used flowers that were a variety of sizes, 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 fill in the bare spots with some fresh filler greenery. Unfortunately, my local store didn’t carry anything that was suitable. If you’d like more fullness and a filled look, you can use some cuttings from your bushes or even pay your local Christmas tree farm a visit for evergreen trimmings. Typically they will give these out for free!


10-minute easy flower arrangement for the holidays

10-Minute Easy Flower Arrangement

Yield: 1 floral arrangement
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Create your own easy flower arrangement for the holidays or any occasion with this simple step-by-step technique... Gorgeous and impressive!


  • tall glass vase
  • round container that fits snugly in top of vase
  • wet floral foam
  • filler item(s) (ornaments, apples, fresh cranberries, citrus fruits, etc.)
  • fresh flowers
  • filler greenery


  1. Fill the vase up with your desired filler items, leaving enough space at the top to place a round container securely in the vase.
  2. 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 gently press it down inside the bowl.
  3. Using floral shears, trim the bottom of each flower at a sharp angle as you go. Start placing the flowers randomly into the wet floral foam, with the goal of creating a spherical look. If you're using a variety of sizes, start with the largest flowers first, working your way down to the smallest.
  4. Fill in and add fullness with filler greenery.

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beautiful large christmas flowers arrangement for the holidays

How To Care For Your Flower Arrangement

With just a little daily attention, your beautiful flower arrangement can last for a week or more. A few tips for keeping it fresh longer:

  • 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 simple Christmas floral centerpiece 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!


Sunday 6th of February 2022

None of us should be using oasis or equivalent, it’s pure plastic and cannot be recycled and is polluting our oceans


Wednesday 9th of December 2020

Absolutely brilliant! I’ve just moved and left all containers behind and it’s CHRISTMAS!!!! All I have is my collection of glass vases, one BIG one, which is ideal for this application. Thank you for a genius idea.

Tara Kuczykowski

Wednesday 9th of December 2020

So happy you found this, Susan. Hope it turns out beautiful -- Merry Christmas!!

Liz Goddard

Saturday 13th of January 2018

Soak your floral foam in a solution of water and floral food that comes in a packet with your flowers. Then insert it into your small bowl. Avoid squashing it though, because that compresses the foam which reduces its effectiveness in allowing the stems to drink. Very cute idea.

Tara @ Unsophisticook

Saturday 13th of January 2018

Great tip -- thanks for sharing, Liz!

Alice Blowers

Friday 8th of September 2017

Thank you for posting.Even though I won't be using. Fresh Flowers you gave me the general idea so the steam won't show in the bottom of the vase Thank YOU Alice

Tara @ Unsophisticook

Friday 8th of September 2017

Happy to help, Alice!

Sandra Anaya

Sunday 11th of December 2016

Thank you for posting. Im going to try this out today! Wish me luck!

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