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I should probably start this post out by saying I am not a professional florist (clearly), but I love flowers and really enjoy having them around the house! A few weeks ago I wanted to arrange them in a square vase instead of just having them in a longer vase, but I also wanted them to be full like a centerpiece so I set out to make it happen! 
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Your supplies are very simple! One square vase, one thick rubbery band or hair tie (that's what I used the first time), scissors and of course a bouquet of roses. I think two bunches is the perfect amount because it creates a fuller bouquet. Trader Joe's roses for $4.99 - you just can't beat it! 
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Next you want to take the petals off the stems since they won't be seen in the vase. 
After all the petals are removed, measure out how far you want the stems to stick out from the vase, but make sure you do this from the inside since there is probably less space on the inside than the outside...illusions and all! 
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You want to measure one from an angle and another straight. If all of them are angled then you'll have a hole in the middle, so don't forget to switch it up. 
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Cut all the flowers where you measured them out and then tie them in a bunch with your rubber band. 
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More than likely your first time cutting it will leave them a little long so place them in the vase and eyeing it cut off the ends a little more so that they bunch even closer and give off a fuller look. 
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Fill the vase one quarter of the way with water and don't forget the flower food!! 
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You'll see they are full and fill the vase really nicely! 
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There you have it - for less than $10 a great floral centerpiece that will bring a little freshness into your house!! Side note, using this process my flowers stayed full and alive for two weeks! 

Do you have any tips for flower arranging?

xo,
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88 comments

  1. Thank you for this! I always just throw them in a large vase and call it a day. I need more variety! Xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

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  2. This is fantastic, friend. I love flowers, too but usually only use my big vase. I'll try my hand at smaller arrangements.

    Hope your bundled up and staying warm today! xoxo

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  3. Yay so glad you did this! I am not good at flower arrangements at all!

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  4. Im with Pamela--this was super helpful because I'm not that great at doing this myself either!
    Hope your snow day is better than they expected! But, you were right, we both got one!

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  5. That's incredible! Those flowers are beautiful and I love how you put them in the square vase. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Those look so pretty girl! I love your measuring technique its like......so smart hello why didn't I think of that lol. Hope you stay warm and get so much done today! xoxoxo

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  7. Those look gorgeous! I haven't arranged flowers in forever, and never in a square vase. I was just thinking the other day I wanted to get one!

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  8. I am so not good at flower arranging, so thank you for this post!

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  9. great tips! your flowers look beautiful! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  10. I love having fresh flowers in the house, I rarely have them but when I do I am super excited!

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  11. Beautiful arrangement and just another reason to love TJ's <3

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  12. Okayyyyy- I feel like I could do this! Great tutorial, girlfriend! And those flowers are so pretty!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  13. I love this! What a fool-proof method for flower arranging.

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  14. These are SUCH good tips! I still have a hard time arranging tulips though!

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  15. Great post!! I am totally the ditz that would cut them all one size and wonder why some aren't angled. Haha

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  16. I never thought of using a rubber band to hold them together. That's a great tip!

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  17. I'm a horrible flower arranger! So this was super helpful! I never thought about cutting it at an angle!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  18. Great post! I've been very impressed with Trader Joe's selection of flowers! I just wind up throwing them in a vase that is either too big or too small, though!

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  19. Pretty! I can't believe how inexpensive they are at trader joes! I'm so excited to finally have access to one in AZ!
    Hope the storm isn't too crazy for you!!

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  20. Pretty! You make it look so easy. I love them in the square vase. I didn't realize TJ's flowers were so inexpensive! I might just brave the weekend lines for that. :)

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  21. Beautiful, beautiful! This makes me want to start flower arranging!

    xoxo

    Kaley

    My Closet Life Blog

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  22. Gorgeous flowers! I love Trader Joe's blooms!

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  23. Love the flowers from Trader Joe's. They are beautiful and they're not expensive. Definitely a great alternative if you can't get to a florist or a farmers market. Your flowers look very pretty too, I'll definitely try your technique some time. :-) I hope that you are staying safe and warm today too with the storm there. :-/

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  24. This is super helpful! I always love having fresh blooms in the house! Hope you are staying warm!!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  25. They look beautiful! I'm horrible at this stuff so this guide is very helpful for me. That's amazing that they stayed alive and full for two weeks! Hope all is well up by you!

    prosecco in the park

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  26. So gorgeous! These look like they were done by a professional!! I used to get tips from our florists at events and my favorite was using scotch tape to create a grid, and then placing each flower inside one of the little squares to make an even piece.

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  27. Beautiful!! Perfect accessory for your table!

    -Lauren
    www.prettypiecesblog.com

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  28. Thanks for the tips! Your arrangement is beautiful!

    -Jessica
    www.wearitforless.com

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  29. Beautiful! Fresh flowers dress up a house like nothing else. Can't wait to try this!

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  30. Gorgeous! And much better than my arrangements ;-)


    xx,

    La Joie de Vivre

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  31. Pretty! I love the tip about measuring some at an angle, but not all...makes total sense! And you really can't go wrong with Trader Joe's flowers, they are such a steal at that price.

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  32. These look amazing! Now I want fresh flowers and a square vase like that- it really looks like a professional arrangement!

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  33. Oh I needed this! I never know what I am doing when it comes to properly cutting roses to display them. Yours look gorgeous! xo

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  34. You did a great job Biana! I love the square vase and the colors of the roses are gorgeous...very spring-esque!

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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  35. So pretty & creative, I love roses and carnations!

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  36. Love it! I'm going to work on having more fresh flowers this year.

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  37. Beautiful arrangement! I just love having fresh flowers in the house!

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  38. Hope you made it OK in all that snow!! Heard you guys are getting hammered with it out there!! :( Stay safe!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  39. Your arrangement is absolutely beautiful!!! I can't wait til our TJ opens here so I can start having fresh flowers again! I really missed having them.

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  40. When I came across your picture on Instagram {before reading this} I thought to myself "Aw...she had flowers delivered to her!" They honestly do look like a professional! And I'm incredibly jealous the closest TJ's is an hour away, if only for the cheap flowers!

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  41. I definitely noticed that gorgeous arrangement in yesterdays post and I'm so glad you shared your how to...I love arrangements in those short square vases...so chic

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  42. fresh flowers are always so welcoming (: I need to make a trip into Trader Joe's to get some or maybe my husband will get me some for Valentine's Day. Thanks for sharing this tip though!!!

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  43. this is awesome. they look so pretty!

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  44. What great tips! I love how fresh flowers can brighten up any room

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  45. no wonder my flowers never look this pretty - i've been doing it wrong! next time, i will try this.

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  46. Love it! I cut them all straight and wonder why I have holes. Thanks!

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  47. I absolutely love flower arranging! When I lived near family, I always made winter arrangements with oasis as presents every year :)

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  48. Your arrangement looks lovely! I need to get to Trader Joe's asap... oh and I need a pretty vase to put the flowers in. Love this!! xo

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  49. So pretty! I always have such a hard time arranging flowers, honestly, in any shape or size vase. I keep fake flowers in a few places around my apartment because I just love the decor, but they get arranged and stay that way for a good 3-4 months until I have the energy to fight with them to swap out seasonal colors and make them look good again haha

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  50. They look so lovely! Flowers always make a home feel so much more homey!!

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  51. I love these tips - they look so great! They brighten up the winter months for sure!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  52. Ohh this is so pretty! I love how full they look! I need to buy more fresh flowers for our home, they really do brighten up a space!

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  53. I love this - I always have flowers, but just throw them in a Mason jar. This is so much prettier and classier! :) Hope you're handling the snow okay - I think you guys got everything we were expecting!

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  54. Love it and love flowers! Cool tips!
    Kisses from Barcelona!
    xx
    Mónica
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS

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  55. Absolutely beautiful arrangement! A fun til that can also extend the life of your arrangement is when you change the water every few days, make a fresh cut on the stem at 45 degrees, even just a little. It will help remove potentially damaged stems that aren't properly absorbing water.

    xoxo,
    Meghan

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  56. Flowers are my favorite! And your arrangement looks amazing! Thanks for the tips!
    xoSouthern Style

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  57. I love having fresh flowers around too! Thank you, this will help me. I love the square look :)

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  58. Now isn't that beautiful !!!! Quick and easy. :)

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  59. so pretty! it's amazing what flowers in your car will really bring to your mood at home :) just the best :)

    cheshirekatblog.com

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  60. Fresh flowers around the house just add such a happy, vibrant touch. These roses are gorgeous - they definitely look like you purchased them already arranged! Thank for the tips!

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  61. Love your arrangement! Gorgeous roses!! I need to start having fresh flowers in the house more often. Hope you aren't completely snowed in!!

    xoxo
    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  62. Gorgeous! I love fresh flowers and Trader Joe's definitely has a great selection. xo

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  63. This is such a great post... i need to learn to do this right :)

    -Neha
    Love Playing DressUp

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  64. The rubber band (which I never have at home!) is so key. Love the color combo!

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  65. Genius! I always have a hard time keeping my flowers perfectly placed in a square vase. Such a simple solution! Loving the pops of orange! Fresh flowers make ALL the difference!

    www.taffetaandtulips.com

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  66. flowers, fresh flowers, just made everything better. gorgeous arrangement!

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  67. Looks so great and so easy! I'll have to do that sometime soon :)

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  68. I love this! I love fresh flowers, but a lot of the time I just throw em' in the vase...I like your lil' tutorial!

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  69. so simple and so beautiful! I do my own arrangements too and was just missing the rubber band...genius! Loving fresh flowers in the house during the dead of winter...I'm staring at my hydrangeas from Whole Foods right now! =)

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  70. I love TJ's flower selection! Such good prices! And really great job with the arrangement B! I love having fresh flowers in the house.

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  71. I love the flower selection so lovely
    Love your blog, hope to see you soon on my blog

    xx
    http://liveitcolorfully.blogspot.com

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  72. My mum and aunt used to do floral arrangements. So pretty.

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  73. I love this, seems very easy and simple to do for myself. I can't wait until spring comes and colorful flowers will be everywhere, will definitely be trying this out!

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  74. Love this!! So pretty!!

    pinkandnavystripes.com

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  75. What good ideas!!!! I never would've thought of taking the petals off!

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  76. These are beautiful! I wish I lived closer to a flower market, because I just love having fresh flowers around!

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  77. How pretty! I'm so terrible at arranging flowers and you make it look so easy :)

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