Let me tell you a Valentine's Day story. When I was in high school, I never had a boyfriend on February 14th. Sure I dated a few dudes now and then, but the timing just never worked out. But the one thing I always wanted was to have flowers delivered to my school, so that at the end of the day I'd hear my name announced over the intercom, along with all the other girls with boyfriends. Totally ridiculous, I know, and looking back I can see that all those arrangements and gifts were downright cheesy (and let's face it, just kind of ugly). Generic roses and babies breath? No thanks (sorry guys, I'm a flower snob to the max).
Here's what I say, why do you need someone to send you flowers on Valentine's Day? Sure it's the thought that counts, but why not treat-yo-self, in style I might add? This DIY Modern Valentine's Day Arrangement using grocery store blooms sticks to the classic pink and red color palette, but with fun funky textures, and combinations to really wow. Plus with the techniques in this post you can create thoughtful gifts for your mom, sisters, and friends.
- Spray rose: 3 or 4 stems.
- Campanula: 4 stems
- Anemone: 3 stems
- Snapdragons: 4 stems
- Protea: 1 stem
- Tulips: 2 or 3 stems
- Airplants and succulents: 1 of each
- Vase or container. For this DIY I'm using a 7 inch diameter clear glass vase that's about 6 inches tall. I like shorter vases because they give you a fuller, more professional looking arrangement.
- Floral sheers
- Floral Stem Wire. This type of wire is usually heavy gage, and you can guy it covered in fabric, or uncovered.
- Wire cutters
- Floral wet tape, or clear tape.
You can buy almost all of these supplies at your local craft store in the floral section.
One huge tip that I always like to share with students who attend The Bloom Academy workshops is to make a tape grid on top of your vase. This will help you stabilize your flowers as you work, and makes it easier to give your design shape and fullness without worrying about the flowers toppling over as you arrange.
Start with your largest blooms first, and make a "nest". This is the base for your floral arrangement, so it's most important that you place these flowers right where you want them. Hold your flowers up next to your vase, and cut them so that the blooms sit just an inch or two above the rim of the vase. This will help your arrangement look more full and lush, and will keep your blooms from getting top heavy and falling out of your vase.
Next add in your medium size blooms, in this case the spray roses, campanula, and anemones. Make sure to turn your vase as you work. You want to make an arrangement beautiful from all sides, not just the front and back.
Add the succulents and airplants. Take your plants, and shove one end of the stem wire in the bottom. You can secure the plant to the wire with glue, but in an arrangement, I find this isn't really necessary. Cut your stem wire to the correct height with your wire cutters, and add them to your arrangement.
Last add in your statement blooms, in this case those gorgeous red anemones I bought at the floral shop. You add your statement blooms last because you really want to showcase their beauty and give them a prime spot in your arrangement.
Enjoy your beautiful arrangement in your own home, or gift it to someone special. They won't be able to believe that you made it yourself, and you can use your new floral design skills to create beautiful blooms anytime of year! I hope that you'll make your own Valentine's Day floral designs, and if you do tag me on social media #emmyraydesignstudio or #thebloomacademy. I'd love to see your creations.
xo - Emily