How to Create a Simple Flower Arrangement

Today we’re sharing our best tips for creating a simple flower arrangement with the fabulous ladies of the Back to Basics Series. If you’ve missed any of our previous posts you can learn How to Style a Coffee Table here, Simple Organizing Tips here, Easy Tablescape Ideas here and Fall Picnic and Tailgating Ideas here.

I know this time of year can be a really busy one for both work and travel. I’ve been working out of town a good bit lately with plans to travel through the New Year. I know a lot of you probably have some exciting holiday events planned as well.

Most of the time I don’t mind because we always seem to be on some sort of adventure. But there are definitely times when I miss the simple things like being able to pick up a bouquet of wild flowers at the market.

Given we’re not really home to be able to water our plants on a regular basis, we’ve started making arrangements with a mix of real and faux flowers. Here’s a look at how you can make a simple flower arrangement like this too…

You’ll need a container that’s fairly deep. I bought these urns for our mantel and aged them from a craft supply store. You can read about that process here.

I know a lot of people use flower frogs and they definitely work well but I’ve been using bulk crochet yarn forms like this to help stabilize stems for a while now too.

They snuggle down into this urn especially well and help to contain both the flowers and the greenery stems.

First, start but placing your tallest piece in the center. We have a lot of pine trees on our property so I’m using this branch with pinecones but you could always use a different style of branch. As always, make sure the natural foliage is free from pests prior to bringing inside.

Next layer in faux flowers like these cream roses. You’ll need three or four large bloom roses depending on the size of your urn.

Once you have the big bloom flowers in place, start placing accent flowers (like this faux thistle) in between the blooms.

This will also help give your flower arrangement a little color and texture especially if you’re using a neutrals based palette.

At this point, I usually start filling in the spaces with pretty greenery like lambs ear, cedar, eucalyptus, or some type of fern.

This greenery grows wild on our property and has the tiniest white blooms.

Continue to add bits of filler until your arrangement is as full as you like. I know some people like it kind of full…

but others like it really full.

I usually leave a little extra room to make it easier to change out the greenery if I’m using the real stuff.

We’ll probably use something similar to this on our holiday mantel this year since we’re using lots of nature inspired items and greenery.

I’m really starting to get excited about celebrating the holidays and all things snuggly.

Hope you are too.

Be sure to check out the flower arrangements by some of my favorite creative ladies …

See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll share an easy way we repurposed a large picture we picked up at a thrift store a few weeks ago that’s going to be perfect for holiday decorating and entertaining. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. I need to have that greenery growing wild in our yard! It is beautiful! I love how you put this arrangement together! It is so pretty!

    1. I really appreciate it, Lindsay, thank you so much! Sending you hugs for a happy day, CoCo

  2. Coco, I love how you aged your urn, I am going to check out how you did that. Your arrangement is beautiful, how lucky you are to have that beautiful greenery growing on the property!

    1. Thank you bunches, Roxanne! It’s always interesting to see how we can manage to make greenery feel festive even in Florida ha ha. Sending you hugs, CoCo PS: I’m still thinking about your arrangement. Love!

  3. CoCo – this is a beautiful arrangement! We love how mix real and faux within the same arrangement. Your tips are fabulous and timely – we will definitely use them this holiday season. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I feel like we’re both going to be out of town over the next few months so I’m sure there are lots of people in the same boat! As always love being part of this group with you guys. Hugs, CoCo

  4. CoCo……..as usual, this is so beautiful. What a smart idea to use the yarn in the bottom. The branch with the pine cone is a perfect touch and so lovely. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I appreciate your sweet words, Bonbon, thanks so much! Hugs, CoCo

  5. CoCo, your floral arrangement looks absolutely gorgeous! Love the pine branch you placed in the center and the urn is beautiful.

    1. Such sweet words, Tara, thank you so much! Hugs, CoCo

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