Because flowers and spring go hand and hand, I’m sharing a tutorial for how to make spring (and Easter) centerpieces today!
I made a TON of arrangements for the spring brunch we threw last week, so I created a breakdown of all the flowers used, general flower care, and how to put everything together in an arrangement pretty painlessly.
All of the flowers were generously sent to me by the awesome folks at Flower Muse. I use them all the time for events and DIY projects and highly recommend them. Here are the types of flowers I included for spring brunch arrangements in the photos…
- hot pink and light pink peonies
- white and orange ranunculus
- yellow billy balls
- david austin juliet garden roses (in peach and apricot yellow)
- orange and white tulips
- olive branches
- lambs ear
Flower care is a little different depending on the types of flowers you’re dealing with. But the basic rule is…
Cut 1/2 to 1 inch off the bottom of each stem (at a diagonal to maximize water intake) with the sharpest shears you can find. Remove leaves/foliage before placing them in buckets filled with 3–4 inches of room temp water. If possible, separate flowers into different buckets, based on flower type. And keep flowers in a cool area away from direct sunlight until you are ready to use them. More flower care and handling instructions here.
Instructions for Creating Floral Arrangements:
For shorter arrangements that would go on a table top, like the ones in the photos, I like to start with a handful of larger blooms (garden roses and peonies) and then work my way down to the medium to small size blooms (ranunculus and tulips) and add greenery (olive branch, lambs ear, and pittosporum) and filler (billy balls) to finish things off.
To keep all of the table arrangements roughly the same size, we used vases that were similar in height and diameter and came up with a formula for how many stems were needed for each arrangement (which ended up being somewhere between 14 and 18 stems per vase).
Photography by Amelia Tatnall
Flowers by Brittni Mehlhoff
Are you as excited about spring as I am? And more importantly…What is your all time favorite type of flower or flowers? I’d love to know!
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Love your arrangement!Pauline
I love tulips because they are our national flower, I love ranununculus because of their layers of papery petals, I love poppies because they are se airy and light. I could go on and on 😉
Love the colors and all of the different types of flowers you used! So beautiful and bright!Eden Passante
Give it a try, Helen. You might surprise yourself with how easy it can be. 🙂Brittni
You make putting together a floral arrangement look so easy! I love flowers in the Spring, but am so bad at making a bouquet. I’ll have to revisit this post often throughout the season.
Haha. I think you’d find it to be easier than it may seem, Sierra. Pinkie promise. 🙂Brittni
These are so spectacular! You make this look so easy! I fear that I would end up with some very wonky dead flowers if I tried to do something like this.Sierra @ Happy Curious Life
Awesome Rabecca. Happy to hear that.Brittni
Wow! This is surprisingly wayyy easier than I thought! Love it and definitely trying it out cause it’s Spring and we’re all loving the color <3
Thanks Tess. One of these arrangements would be perfect for birthdays.Brittni
These are such beautiful arrangements! I just recently went to a bunch of floral shops in Toronto and wanted everything they sold! I would love to make a bouquet like this soon for my grandmothers birthday. Thanks for the inspiration!Tess
Thanks Michelle. Flowers are my favorite kind of DIY!Brittni
These bouquets are simply stunning, I’m a huge fan of ranunculus and tulips, and the peonies are beautiful as well. I love how you combined the different sizes and forms of the flowers so that they compliment each other really well!Michelle
Right Theresa? Favorite kind of garden roses!Brittni
David Austin Roses!Theresa
Love them, their perfume, the layers, the color.
I used them in my daughter’s bouquet for her wedding last year, beautiful and a great cut flower!