I have this urn that I’ve been holding hostage. It was sent to me filled to the brim with pretty stems designed by my sweet friend Yumiko, of Hana Floral Design, for my mother-in-law’s surprise party. And I keep meaning to send it back. But then, I see it out of the corner of my eyes and can’t resist filling it right back up again. So Yumiko, if you’re reading this, I SWEAR I’ll send it back soon. Maybe. But in the meantime, I thought I’d share a few of my on-a-whim tips for layering flowers for a really incredible result:

So I am notorious for never having the supplies I need on hand to make a pretty arrangement. When I spotted these particular stems at whole foods, I had this entire vision about what I was going to do, only to get home and realize I didn’t have any floral foam or one of those frog thingies. So, in the spirit of making it work, I came up with the layered look. And fell hard core in love as it sat in my living room for more than a week, all pink and gorgeous.

I used…
4 kinds of flowers in the same tone but ranging in shades from light to dark (peonies, lilacs, snap dragons and scabiosas)
an urn or dark, wide mouthed vase
a pair of scissors


step-1
Determine the height of your first flower. In our case, it was the snap dragon. We did this by moving the urn to the edge of the table and measuring exactly where we would the stem to fall. We had to tilt the flower to the diagonal, just as it would lay in our urn.


step-2
Cut all of your first layer of flowers to be the same height. We used our heartiest flower – our snap dragons – for our first layer because it would bear the brunt of the weight.


step-3

Lay them down on the table in a tight row.


step-4
Using your trimmed first flower (for us, snap dragon), cut your second flower to the same height. In our case, it was lilac. Repeat the process until all of your second variety of flowers are trimmed.


step-5

Lay them on top of your first flowers.


step-6

Gather the ends of both stems together into a bouquet of sorts and lay them into your urn.


step-7

Add in your next flower, in our case peonies, cut pretty short so they just peak out over the edge of your urn.


step-8

Finally, accent your arrangement with your darkest stem – scabiosa for us – just off to the right, behind your peonies.


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