Not a florist? Not a problem. You too can craft a no-fail flower arrangement right at home to save money and time—it’s as easy as 1,2,3!

By Tamara Kraus

This foolproof guide to flower arranging walks you through exactly what you need to create a simple, swoon-worthy arrangement in three quick steps. All you need is a lush flower, a fragrance to add a light scent, and some texture for visual interest. We’ve given you three options to choose from in each category for maximum mix-and-match potential, so no two arrangements will ever look alike.

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Before you get started, keep these tips in mind: When picking out your flowers, check that they’re standing upright and have firm petals that are just starting to open. With woody stems and branches, don’t forget to cut the stems with sharp pruning shears, and place them in warm water to increase their lifespan once cut. With all floral arrangements, keep them in a cool spot (62 to 72 degrees) and away from ceiling fans or heating and cooling vents to keep them looking fresh as long as possible.

Use these tips when hosting for the holidays or when you’re itching to create something beautiful for your living space any time of year. Building elaborate arrangements can be intimidating to some, but these tips from professional florist Phoebe Ma of Gem Fleuriste take the guesswork out of the artform and give you no-fail options for adding a bit of beauty to your space. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to experience the power of flowers.An Easy Guide to No-Fail Flower Arrangements 

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