4 Fresh Ideas for Holiday Flower Arrangements
Follow these simple steps to create a showstopping centerpiece in about half an hour, using flowers you can find at the market—or even forage from your own backyard.
We used dahlias, zinnias, and pomegranates. Alternatives include garden roses, cockscomb, and persimmons.
This Dutch Masters–inspired arrangement pairs well with a footed vase, which offers a sophisticated look and an opening wide enough to fit all the foliage. Before assembling, prep your vessel and condition your stems. Build up from the base, starting with foundation elements, like leafy limbs and cascading, branched fruit. Once you’ve created a collar around the opening of the vessel, add eye-catching focal flowers followed by smaller-scale elements, like berries, eucalyptus, and amaranthus, to complete the lush and layered look. Cut some stems shorter than others and arrange them low on one side and higher on the other for an elegant, asymmetrical effect.
Mimic how flowers grow in nature and add blooms in clusters. Generally, odd numbers work best, so stick with groups of three or five.
Lush & Leafy
We used winter bell hellebores, polly alocasia leaves, and umbrella ferns. Alternatives include anthurium or hosta leaves.
Forage from the backyard or prune a few leaves from your indoor plants to collect greenery of all shapes and shades. Prepare your vase with a loose sphere of floral netting. Squeeze the netting through the neck of the vase, and then reach in and expand the sphere a bit so it stays put. Start by arranging a few elements around the opening of the vessel and build up in orbits to make the result feel organic.
If you’re planning to set this arrangement in the center of your dining table, keep the profile low so guests can see one another over the top.
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We used café au lait dahlias, ranunculus, and astilbe. Alternatives include alstroe-meria, freesia, and hydrangea.
Pick your main color and purchase blooms both lighter and darker in the same color family. Prepare a low bowl with a flower frog and netting, and then build your arrangement in an arc, clustering the darkest shades on one end and the lightest on the other. As you shift between shades, sprinkle in a few stems of the adjoining color to create a gradual transition. Make the color sections rich and interesting by including focus flowers (like dahlias), leafy stems (like ninebark), and drapey elements (like andromeda shrubs) within each. Keep the shape symmetrical by incorporating similarly sized elements in mirroring sections (for example, scabiosa on the right and lisianthus on the left).
Check out your arrangement from all angles. If one side seems lacking, add in a few extra blooms to make it more full.
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We used pampas grass, carnations, and lisianthus. Alternatives include fountain grass, dried poppy pods, and wheat.
This option requires the least prep work, as the cylindrical vessel holds the stems in place without extra support. A tall arrangement like this will likely sit on a sideboard or buffet, so focus on how it looks head-on. Start with your tallest statement fronds in the back (like the tan pampas grass seen here), and then add blooms in a neutral peachy tone. Fill in with airier elements, like autumnal eucalyptus and conical astilbe.
Incorporate feathers for unexpected texture. Since these don’t need to reach the water, they can be tucked in among the other stems as your last step.
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