Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year, and the one season I actually bother adjusting my home decor for. Sunday was spent shopping at Michael’s (and Homegoods, TJMaxx, Target, etc) for holiday decor, and I was able to put together a festive floral arrangement for our foyer.
Yes, it took me just around 10 minutes to put this holiday decor together. I’m no flower arrangement master, but here are some of my tips:
- Pick no more than 3 colors
Think about the color scheme, and select 2-3 focal colors (green doesn’t count!). You might be able to get away with more, but I find 2-3 usually looks best. For Christmas, I was deciding between white, red, gold, and silver, and ultimately I went with white & red. If I threw in gold AND silver, it wouldn’t look as cohesive overall.
- Think about the container/vase you’re using
The shape of your container will determine the number AND type of flowers used. Since mine was a tall narrow vase, I chose just 3 blooming flowers and the rest were accent florals/greens. If I had a wider shorter container I would select more blooms and different accents.
- Pick pieces of varying height
Regardless of container size and shape, you want your arrangement to have dimensions. Usually I find the taller pieces are your accent florals/greens. The main blooms should fall right in the middle in order to draw the eye to the center of the arrangement. You can have several shorter pieces (like my pinecone), but limit those because they’ll mostly be hidden by the rest of the arrangement.
- Accent pieces are just as important
You can have an arrangement with just blooming florals, but accent pieces can give it that extra oomph it needs. They make your blooms stand out even more and add balance to the overall look. In this arrangement I actually have more accent pieces than blooms!
- Be creative with the filling
Craft water and marble accents are common vase fillers, but they’re not your only options. For a festive twist and a nice scent, I used some red and white potpourri. Depending on the height of your pieces, you might put the fillings in first or last. For my arrangement I put in my taller blooms, added some potpourri, added my shorter pieces, then added the rest of the potpourri.
My favorite places to shop for fake flowers is Michael’s, and they’re having a 50% off sale for flowers + additional 25% off entire purchase! You can find potpourri and vases pretty much anywhere, I just happened to get mine at HomeGood’s.