Making a Christmas floral arrangement is an easy and fun process, especially if you plan to incorporate your "artwork" into your Christmas decor. Using the beauty, fragrance and meaningfulness of Christmas flowers, you can create a beautiful arrangement that even the pros would buy! Here are a few instructions on how to arrange flowers in general, whether for a holiday or for fun!
- Envision your perfect masterpiece. Do you want it to be meaningful or more for decorative purposes? How big do you see it to be? What colors do you like best?
- Choose your medium/container. Do you want a vase or a woven gift basket instead? Vases come in many shapes, materials & colors, from the single-stem skinny tall vase or square vase, to the clear vase, bronze or tin vase. Whether silvery tin and tall, bronzed with bold red, or clear light green, the vase needs to have ample space for all your stems/blooms, plus greenery/filler. If you prefer a basket, craft stores have a ton: oval, round, square & other shapes plus varying colors.
- When you pick your medium, remember to incorporate traditional Christmas colors! Red and white are obvious, but you should try to use at least one contrasting color too, like a light purple, really light shade of green, or even pink!
- Decide what the main flower(s), called "focus flowers," will be and what the supporting flowers will be. Usually Roses, Gerbera Daisies, Orchids or Lilies are the focus and have two or three complementary blooms. Buy the stems before they've bloomed so you can enjoy the entire blooming lifecycle!
- Now the hardest part: choose the flowers you'll use! Remember, if you use too many it will look cluttered... Try red roses, which signify love and warmth and are definitely holiday sentiments; white roses that signify purity and hope, or white Orchids, Stargazer or Oriental Lilies, which signify life & good health. Other good focus flowers are French Tulips, White/Red Snapdragons, and White Hyacinth/White Hydrangea. All these wintry flowers will look stunning when mixed or set against your other Christmas decorating projects.
- Add some "filler" or "greens:" add Baby's Breath or greenery like Bear Grass, Wheat Straw, Eucalyptus stems/leaves, Diamond Eucalyptus, holly, etc.
- Fill vase ? full with room temperature water, add flower food and stir. Place your greenery & filler in first, then the supporting flowers, and finally, add focus flowers where appropriate. The arrangement should not have room to move to and fro around in the vase. The vase should be stuffed so the design elements, like the contrasting colors with supporting flowers & greens, stay where you want them.
- Tie shiny satin ribbon around the vase or basket or, if you love to be artsy, hand-paint symbols of the season on the vase, and add one every Christmas. This creates an heirloom for the family!
- Find information on all the flowers in the arrangement: take proper care of them and ensure the blooms stay healthy and live long.