Simple Floral Arranging Tips – Gradient Centerpiece

In today’s post you’ll learn some simple floral arranging tips. Create an easy yet beautiful gradient flower centerpiece, even if you’ve never arranged flowers before!

simple floral arranging tips

Who doesn’t love flowers and despite the beauty that they bring, arranging them should never be stressful! Disclaimer that I’m not a trained florist. However,  there are a few tricks that I’ve learned with years of putting countless bouquets together. Today I’m sharing an idea that came to me when I was at the grocery store. There were gobs and oodles of pink flowers available and it got me thinking. How about a gradient arrangement in shades of pink! It seriously only took me 20 minutes to create this plan.

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Simple flower arranging tips shabbyfufu

  • Lay out the flowers on a flat surface and separate by color. Since this was going to be a gradient floral arrangement I set them out from light to dark.
  • Grab your container and cut a length of chicken wire that you’ll roll into a ball. I used white coated chicken wire that you can find inexpensively here.
  • You will want to use some waterproof floral tape to secure the chicken wire so it stays in place. That’s all…easy, fast!

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I talked about that this method in this post and it was interesting to read that it’s used more by real pros these days. More of that at the bottom of this page!

Next you’ll want to start on one side of the pot with either your darkest or lightest color. I planned on using just a couple of sparse pieces of greenery in this arrangement, so was going to add those accents last.


Turn your flowers upside down (one by one) when trying to determine how much stem to cut off. This helps visual the correct height, especially when you’re not a pro!

simple flower arranging tips

Fill to almost the top with water. Begin inserting the the flowers into the chicken wire, starting on one side and then moving across the pot. In most arrangements you’d work your way outside in, but since this is gradient I approached it differently. The great thing about chicken wire is that it’s easy to make adjustments, whereas with floral foam it’s not as easy.

Just keep working by filling in as much of the color on the side as it takes to cover the chicken wire. A good trick is to manipulate some of the flower petals to make the flower look fuller. Keep going towards the other side of the pot with lighter color flowers. Be sure to keep turning your arrangement so that it looks good from all side. That is, unless you’ll be placing it where you don’t see the back!

Once you’re satisfied with the look, add in a few accents of greenery.


Push a flower or two and some greenery down to hang over the sides. Do this artistically and randomly and with the chicken wire, it’s easy!

The other side of this pretty arrangement.

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There you have it, but along with these simple floral arranging tips I have a GIVEAWAY that I think you’ll LOVE! My friend Erin of Floret Flowers has just written another book! I received my advance copy last week and could not put it down. If you don’t know who Erin is, she and her husband own a working flower farm in Washington State. I had the chance to meet her several years ago at the Better Homes & Gardens Stylemaker event in NYC. She was just the sweetest person to chat with and I knew that big things were on the horizon for her! She has arrived and you can find her website at Floret Flowers and on Instagram at Floret Flower. Erin would like to give TWO of my readers a chance to win an autographed copy of her new book, A Year In Flowers. You seriously will not be able to put this book down if you love flowers like I do! Simply LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST for a chance to win. We will draw 2 winners at random soon and be notified ON THIS POST! That’s it…I hope that you enter.


Simple Floral Arranging Tips - Gradient Centerpiece

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  1. I am always looking for flower ideas. I volunteer to do the pulpit flowers every Sunday at my church. I live in the north so no garden flowers in the winter forces me to get creative.
    Love this easy, doable, inexpensive idea. Thanks!

    1. Love,love,love waking up Saturday morning with a cup of tea and reading your posts! So inspiring and my home feels like a home when I decorate now.

    2. La vie en rose says:

      Loving the gradient arrangement. Pinks are my fav. Chicken wire is a life saver for sure. If just so enjoy that book

      1. Love the flower arrangement. I am hosting my daughter in-laws baby shower this month and these tips will definitely come in handy. Thank you

  2. I love your floral arrangement. The colors are my favorite. Thank you for the tips on how to arrange them. I love fresh flowers but always have a hard time arranging them to make them look pretty.

  3. Becky Robertson says:

    you make it look soooo easy!!! the arrangement is beautiful!!!

    1. Thanks for the flower tips. My dream is to have a beautiful, native flower garden in my yard. Perhaps I’ll just start with a mixed bouquet on my table!

    2. I always love your arrangements. I’m going to have to try the chicken wire trick!

  4. Thank you for all your ideas. I am inspired to try the chicken wire and would love more ideas to create such lovely arrangements.

  5. Alissa Wiggam says:

    Love the idea of gradient or ombré arrangements! Must try it! Flowers are the perfect way to spread sunshine. Thanks for such great ideas.

  6. Lynn Spencer says:

    I’ve got all my fingers and toes and eyes crossed! I would love to win…maybe then I could put together arrangements like you do!!!

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    Hugs, Lynn

  7. That is a gorgeous arrangement, wow!

  8. Jo Wyrosdick says:

    I love pink flowers! This arrangement is gorgeous.

  9. Sandy Sebold says:

    What a clever way to arrange flowers, with chicken wire! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I was about to enrol in a floristry course but the cost was prohibitive. Your ideas and Erins are so easy to follow. Thank you

  11. Wendi Engstrom says:

    This arrangement is absolutely beautiful. I love the idea of using chicken wire and can’t wait to try it out. I love your style and look forward to your posts. I will have to check out Floret Farms, the cover art of the new book is just gorgeous with all of those roses.

    1. Absolutely love these flower arrangements! I would love to win the book💕💕💕

  12. I love this idea for a floral arrangement! Placing the flowers in a gradient design is so pretty and draws attention to each individual hue! Great time of year for a cheerful bouquet too, altho I love flowers all year! Would love to win this book too! I’ll keep my fingers crossed! Hugs!

  13. Wow! What a gorgeous arrangement! I love flower arranging as a non-pro, but these tips and this book would certainly get me doing more. You’ve totally inspired me, Janet!

  14. I have fresh flowers in my home all of the time and it’s such a beautiful way to brighten things up! They’re just grocery store variety, so I would love additional tips on arranging.

    1. floret Farm was one of my very first follows before I even knew anything about Instagram! I dream about all the beauty that Aaron shares if I could win and that would certainly be a Heavenly gift!

    2. Sylvia Carlson says:

      What a pretty flower arrangement! Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks!

  15. I do floral arrangements and decor for my church. In addition, we have a new home and I am very excited about decorating it. I love to make seasonal arrangements and change things around.

  16. Love your arrangement! I need some of that white chicken wire in my life now 🙂 Would love to win the book – I follow her on IG.

  17. What a beautiful floral arrangement Janet and that books looks gorgeous. 💗💗💗

  18. Such a lovely site you have created. I love flower arranging and growing flowers. The book would be a lovely gift. Thanks for the chance to receive it !!

  19. I’ve always wanted to know how to make them look pretty with out just cutting stems and throwing in a vase and your easy introduction were very helpful !i bet Erins book is beautiful and filled with lots of fun ideas !!

  20. Love the flower arrangement and I would love the book for new ideas. Thank you.

  21. I arranged flowers and Christmas greenery for our church for a number of years and love having fresh flowers in my home. I am anxious to try your gradient arrangement for Valentine’s Day!

  22. This is so pretty and can be used with different seasonal color schemes throughout the year! I really like the touch of having a few flowers hang down.

  23. Chris maraccini says:

    Love flower arrangements of like colors. Love flowers, always wanted a cutting garden. Love your site, and would love to win the book.

  24. Absolutely a gorgeous arrangement! You make it look so easy. I am going to try the chicken wire method this spring when we have more of a flower selection.

  25. Debra Fortson says:

    This is so beautiful and I cannot wait to try it for myself. I had no idea it could be so easy to create an arrangement so beautiful!! Thank you for all your great tips!!

  26. Thank you so much for sharing this book. Flowers are even more beautiful in the dead of winter!

  27. I love the chicken wire method! It also makes it easier for water. My sister is amazing with flowers and I would love to win her a copy of Erin’s book!

  28. Hi Janet,
    Well that’s just a gorgeous display of flowers!! Thanks for the tip of using chicken wire! So genius! I love the colors on the book you’re giving away!! I love arranging flowers and I’m no expert but I just like to play with them until I get it the way I like. Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. sammye thacker says:

    I have always wanted to learn the art of flower arranging but never had the confidence. This would be my inspiration.

  30. Andree Jackman says:

    Simple elegant flowers always make me smile! Thank you for sharing your ideas. Love, love fresh flowers!

  31. Beautiful arrangement and great tips

  32. Villy Mustelier says:

    Hello! Thank you for sharing this article with us and the great tips. I personally love flowers, they bring life and beauty to any place. I am always surrounded by them because they make me happy. I am sure I am not the only one that feels this way. Thank you for the give away Janet. Have a bless day!

  33. Thank you for the floral arrangement tips Janet, I’m going to use these to perfect my floral centerpieces.

  34. I stopped in my tracks by the beauty in this post and the cover of the book you now have me looking for her site and her first book so beautiful Janet and I love all your floral inspirations

  35. I am one who shamelessly judges a book by its cover! This one looks fabulous!

  36. Mickie Ross says:

    How lovely – you make it look so simple! I truly love all the tips and ideas you share – keep it up! Thanks for sharing all this love and beauty.

  37. Love your gradient arrangement, it’s beautiful! And something I have not thought to do. Thanks for the inspiration!

  38. Ashleigh Hall says:

    You make it look so easy! Thank you so much for the tips and tricks! And what a gorgeous book! Thank you for the chance to win!

  39. Flowers are essential in my home to combat grey winter days. Love the arranging tips .

  40. Fingers crossed! I could so use this book! That arrangement is gorgeous! 😍 I’m going to give it a try in my home! Thank you for the tutorial!

  41. Pinned! Because I need to try this!!! This book looks amazing-nothing like getting through the winter with some beautiful pages of flowers.

  42. I’ve never thought of doing a gradient arrangement. It’s just beautiful! Flowers are wonderful and a book about them would be such a joy.

  43. I took a look at the book and what a beautiful experience! I have always dabbled with flower arranging on my own but would love to follow this book. Thanks for everything you do for us gals out here!

  44. Cindy DeMay says:

    What a generous gift. I would love this book to get inspiration from. Flowers are my love! Thank you for the chance.

    1. Love the chicken wire tip! Who knew?! It’s like having an extra set of hands! Thank you!

  45. I love flowers, but have never figured out how to arrange them. I usually stick them in a nice vase or pitcher and that is done! I hope I win one of the books you are giving away, as i would appreciate learning how to arrange them. Thank you for hosting this give-away.

  46. Your arrangements are beautiful, and I would love to be able to make gorgeous ones like this for my home, as well as gifts to my family and friends. The gradient arrangement is such a classic look. Thank you for the tips.

  47. Tisha Walker says:

    I loved this beautiful, ombre design! Also, the chicken wire idea is something I’ve never tried:) You’ve given me great ideas from just this one post! Thank you so much for ALL your posts!!! It’s like talking to a great friend!!!

  48. Denise SantaMaria says:

    I just love roses and this centerpiece is so beautiful. I also love chicken wire, so much can be done with it. Though, I never thought of putting it into a vase and arranging flowers, can’t wait to try this. Thank you so much. Just love seeing your emails, highlight of my day.

  49. Carla Hanson says:

    I have been following Erin’s blog for several years now and have ordered seeds from her too. What a great human being and a wonderful teacher of floral design and flower gardening. I would love to have a copy of her new book!

  50. Carrie Bannister says:

    These flowers are beautiful! And the book looks amazing too. Flowers can bring such beauty to our lives, thanks for showing us in simple steps how to enjoy them.

  51. Thank you for sharing. I love fresh flowers in my home. What a gorgeous looking book. Who could resist reading this beautiful book.Gorgeous! Gorgeous!Gorgeous!

  52. Danielle Scuderi says:

    Absolutely love this Janet! I enjoy and look forward to all of your posts. Thanks for bringing sunshine to my days!
    Your AVid Follower,

  53. Louise Summerville says:

    Oh my goodness, the book cover is absolutely scrumptious, and I bet the inside is just a fabulous!!! I had never thought of turning the flower upside down to “measure”, what an awesome tip! And the chicken wire taped in, another awesome tip. I would love a chance to win this book. Hope you have a beautiful day! Thanks so much for sharing!

  54. Beautiful!
    Love creating simple arrangements from my gardens! Excitedly waiting for Spring and Summer to get back to it!

  55. Julie Yount says:

    Love all the floral. Gives me spring fever. Thanks for such a great idea.

  56. Shelly Jursza says:

    What a fantastic idea..so easy and beautiful. Thank You for sharing your tip and would enjoy that magazine tremendously.

  57. Pam McCuan says:

    I love flowers and this book is lovely! I love buying flowers from Trader Joe’s, but I am by far, not an expert on arranging!

  58. Your arrangement is just beautiful! Thank you for such detailed instructions……I will definitely give this a try. It’s amazing what can be done with flowers just purchased from the grocery store.

  59. Stunning arrangement Janet! There is nothing better than fresh flowers in the home 🙂 I have no doubt I will love this new book from Floret Farms!!

  60. Beautiful arrangement Janet! I have a beautiful place for that book! 🌷

  61. Susan Dickman says:

    I absolutely love your flower arrangement as well as instructions. I love gardening and sure miss the time to garden between fall and spring.
    Thank you for all of your inspiration!

  62. I would love to have a copy of this book! I adore flowers and I’m slowly learning how to make my own arrangements from blogs and books.

  63. Janet your arrangement is very pretty. And, easy too with your tips. Of course who doesn’t love flowers and gardening.
    I am a fan of your gradient look or even Ombre..
    I happen to have some chicken wire. Not as pretty and white like yours. I checked it out on Amazon its a great price. I will purchase in the future.
    Thanks for the tip, I learned something new too. To place bud down, stem up to better know where to cut. I mess that up a lot.

  64. I love having a flower arrangement of some kind in my home… almost year round
    I would love to win this book for more inspiration!

  65. I have a love affair with fresh flowers, especially PINK ones, and always enjoy your beautiful posts that feature them. The Floret Farms book looks lovely!

  66. big fan of floret and would love to win a copy. thanks for the opp, fufu!


  67. It looks gorgeous and so natural. Thanks for the tip on turning flowers upside down before cutting. I always seems to get that but wrong.

  68. Silvrhawk Walker says:

    The flowers are beautiful. I find it soothing just being around them and smelling them.

  69. Cheryl Allen says:

    This is just so beautiful All the colors are so pretty – I love everything about this post It would be nice to learn something new. I love getting flowers – my daughter brings them now as I am a widow and my husband can no longer bring them. Thanks for sharing.

  70. Deborah Hunter says:

    What a beautiful book cover, drawing you in!!! The chicken wire is a great tip. Thank you.

  71. I am an avid gardener but have always struggled with making bouquets look `right`. I love the chicken wire idea and would love to win the book.

  72. One can’t have too many flowers…it’s now time for me to master the art of arranging them. What an absolute thrill it would be to win! I can do this!

  73. Kim Lennie says:

    I have done floral classes for years at my community rec center and have never done with chicken wire. This is such an awesome idea. Your arrangement is just lovely.

  74. Connie Kelleher says:

    I loved the ideas with chicken wire and a penny! I’m a volunteer to help decorate our Fellowship hall for weddings and events. I’m going to try the penny because the flowers have drooped before the big event sometimes. I would love the ideas in the flower book. It would be very helpful.

  75. Love colors and shape of arrangement. I like to have flowers in my home as much as possible. Since I can’t go out to my garden, I currently have Paper whites, Amaryllis and just purchased some daffodils. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Pat Catherall says:

      Starving for flowers here. We have 8” of snow on the ground and the temperatures will be below freezing all day and we are expecting more snow tomorrow and the next day and the next and for the first time in 18 months I’m in bed with a cold. So, having said all that in on long sentence, we are badly in need of flowers here.

  76. Absolutely love your arrangement and these are awesome tips!! My friends daughter used a gradient floral arch at her wedding. What a lovely way to enjoy flowers!!

  77. Susan Krauss says:

    Pink roses & pink peonies are my favorites, along with gardenias. This book looks gorgeous and I’d love to win a copy! 💕

  78. Caryn Buchhorn says:

    Thank you for the tip on arranging flowers! I’m glad to know about this!

  79. Absolutely gorgeous. I live in northern Wisconsin where we don’t get anything other than red in any flowers so I will try in silk instead.

  80. I LOVE LOVE LOVE flowers! I’d have them in every room of my house if I could. Would love the book. Thank you for considering me.

  81. I’m new to your site and was thrilled to see your flower arranging tips. My mom loved to pick flowers from her garden, and she often used chicken wire for her arrangements. When I got started, I couldn’t find chicken wire so was tickled to see your source. It’s so satisfying to create your own floral arrangements. Thanks for sharing and kindest regards!

  82. Joan Goode says:

    I love French Country and your blog. Flowers always add the finishing touch. Thanks for your ideas.

  83. Winning the book would be a special birthday gift as I love flowers. Thank you for the contest and sharing your ideas.

  84. Laura Harrie says:

    Thank you for your tips on making the gradient flower arrangement. Very clear directions and excellent pictures. Now I need to get some flowers to try this! I would love to have this book, the cover makes me drool!

  85. Debbie Dyck says:

    Your arrangements are beautiful!! Love working with flowers! Would love to win😁

  86. I love the gradient flower arrangement! Always love all your posts and would love to have the book!

  87. I love pretty flowers. I purchase some for myself every week. And love to arrange them.
    Your book would be a wonderful thing to have.

  88. Beautiful flower arrangement! Thanks so much for this great tutorial. Definitely will pin.

  89. Odessa Graham says:

    The book sounds wonderful, Janet. I would love to win it for my daughter in Mississippi, so here I am entering. Good luck to everyone in the running. Thank you, this is a wonderful opportunity.

  90. I love flowers! I’m always buying flowers at the grocery store, specially during winter, they put a big smile on my face ! Love these tips and would love to win Erins’ book, it would look beautiful on my coffee table!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  91. Kellie Andersen says:

    Thank you, to you and Erin, for a chance to win her lovely book. Love the gradient idea 🙂

  92. Jacy Cole says:

    Thank you for the fabulous ideas! And for sharing your friends book. I will check her out because I trust you and your beautiful style!! Love everything you do with flowers!!

  93. Marisa Monaco says:

    Living in Canada, we don’t have the opportunity to have fresh flowers year round, but when we do I just go all out. You’re arrangement is gorgeous. Love love love it !

  94. Eileen Sanchez says:

    Chicken wire makes this arrangement look easy!

  95. Eileen Sanchez says:

    Love the chicken wire idea!

  96. Love the gradient colour arrangement and such beautiful flowers 💐

  97. I love flowers and buy them year around to paint. I also have a cutting garden. I will try the chicken wire idea. Sure beats my feeble attempts at arranging flowers to paint. Thank you!

  98. Laura Has says:

    Beautiful! Love the idea of using gradient color.

  99. Sharon H. says:

    Thanks for your great offer. I’m going to try your chicken wire idea soon. It makes great sense.

    1. Cheryl Foley says:

      I love this beautiful idea! I need this book. 😊🌹

  100. What a beautiful arrangement! So happy for this time of year! I’m sure the book is wonderful!

  101. Nancee Richardson says:

    Love fresh flowers because they have such a natural way of making life a little sweeter!

  102. I would love to be considered for this book! She’s actually the sister of a friend of mine!

  103. This arrangement is stunning! Such good hints and tips for each of us. The new Floret Farms book will be a wonderful resource. I would love to have this book!!!!

  104. Deborah Milo says:

    This is a such a beautiful and delicate arrangement, thank you for sharing your knowledge!
    Floret Farms is on my list of places to visit. Erin is a wonder, and I would love to see her amazing book.

  105. Love fresh flowers in the house.
    It adds so much with even just a small touch!

  106. Thanks for the helpful video – beautiful result! Would love your book.

    1. Would love to win for my sister who has just celebrated her 4oth wedding anniversary and who is passionate about flowers 🌺🌷🌻🌼💮🌸💐🏵️🌹🥀

  107. Thank you so much for the wonderful arranging tips! Your beautiful arrangement is a ray of sunshine to those of us suffering from a cold overcast winter in the North!

  108. Carla Reeves says:

    absolutely love, love, love the colors you chose. Flowers are the paintings in nature. Thanks for the inspiration.

  109. Who doesn’t love flowers? Love your ideas! That book looks so inviting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  110. Flowers bring life and beauty into the home, they’re immediate spirit lifters, and truly make my heart smile! I would love this book, it looks amazing! Thank you for the fabulous opportunity!

  111. Erin Kaven says:

    Always trying to make my office and home more inviting with flowers. These posts are so helpful.

  112. Hi Janet,
    Everything you style always turns out so lovely. I wish I had the touch.
    So enjoy your lovely blog.

  113. Debbie J. says:

    Looks like a beautiful book! And I can’t wait to try the chicken wire.

  114. Love your arrangement and love your tip about turning the flowers upside down to determine how short to cut them. Thanks for all the tips!

  115. Tamera Wert says:

    I love the chicken wire idea and am ordering some now!! You’re arrangement is beautiful!! Thank you for the tips. Erin’s book looks beautiful as well!!

  116. Cheryll Stein says:

    I have fresh flowers in my house at all times but have never done more than trim the stems and add water! Can’t wait to try something different. Your shades of pink are beautiful, especially for a Valentine bouquet but anytime. It just says, “look at how pretty I am!”

  117. I find flower arranging a stressful endeavor, however using the chicken wire makes the process look simple. I can’t wait to give it a try.

  118. Mary Silkowski says:

    Please enter me in the book giveaway. My small cutting garden will benefit from Erin’s generous sharing of her knowledge and experience!

  119. Marie Kromer says:

    Your flowers arrangements are always so very pretty!
    I hope this book brings hope, inspiration and joy to the winners of this beautiful book!

  120. I love your floral arranging ideas! This really helps. The new book looks so inviting about flowers.

  121. It’s a perfect ti.e of year to be inside reading about flowers. I would love to have your book to pull me through thses cold snowy Kansas days. Thank you for your consideration.

    1. Your flower arrangement turned out so beautifully. I never thought to use chicken wire. I will try it out. Arranging flowers is one of my most favorite things in the world to do. I find it quite relaxing. I love learning tips on making arrangements look even better. Thanks for having such a great post and giveaway! The book looks wonderful.

  122. Your blog is my favorite and so inspirational!! I love your fresh flower ideas and using the chicken wire is genius!
    Erin of Floret farms has the most beautiful arrangements. Thank you for a chance to win Erin’s book!

  123. I really love this arrangement. Thank you for your great ideas and info.

  124. Love the idea of a gradient arrangement – it’s so soft with the eye-catching “Pretty in Pink” concept, Thank you also for the chicken wire inside of the container. I will definitely be switching to that. Love your decorating ideas – I’m gobbling them up and slowly learning. There may be hope for me yet!

  125. Gretchen Fewell says:

    Your blog is always worth reading! Glad to discover Erin! Off to find white chicken wire!
    Thank you for the time you put into this!

  126. Julie Rouse says:

    Looking forward to trying this arrangement as soon as I get to the store. Would love to win this book. I love her stuff and yours. Thank you.

  127. Rita Ferguson says:

    Love the gradient floral idea. You are always one step ahead in a crowded field. 💕 Would love the floral boos with great inspiration I’m sure.

  128. Jane waldmann says:

    Thank you! I love these tips, especially the chicken wire! And the amazon flowers are gorgeous!❤️

  129. I love flowers! Thank you for all the beautiful pictures and ideas!

  130. Thank you for sharing the specifics on how to make a beautiful flower arrangement, Janet! In fact, thank you too for graciously providing so many beautiful free images! I have taken advantage of the various themed images and framed them. I so grately the wealth of information you share in each email.
    May you have a blessed day!

  131. I meant to say, I so greatly appreciate the wealth of information you share. Yikes, forgot to proofread.

  132. Nothing brings out the beauty of a room like flowers!!Peonies are my favorite but being I reside in Western NY, it’s going to be awhile until mine bloom.

  133. I love the arrangement! I live in London, and the grey of the sky plus the red of the bricks makes these kinds of arrangements shine. Copying it!!

  134. Thank you so much for sharing your floral arranging tips. I was a guest this week at our local floral design guild and need inspiration/ideas if I decide to become a member. Winning this book would get me off to a good start, and I can’t wait to try my hand at this arrangement…simply beautiful!

  135. Thanks for another beautiful flower arranging post! Kind of Erin to offer her book give-away! I took her recent online free class where she gave away SO MUCH helpful information about planting and caring for specific types of flower gardens. I’m hoping to have a couple of flower beds in the future and would love to win her new book!

  136. I love the bouquet. Nothing like flowers to lift one’s spirits.

  137. Eileen Sheehan says:

    Janet, your flower arrangement is the perfect pick me up on this wintry day here in New England. I look forward to reading your website every week. I ordered seeds from Floret Farm last year and was thrilled with how beautiful they were in my garden last summer. I just recently ordered more for this year. Thank you for lovely posts each week.

  138. Janet, I love this tip! I’ve actually done this for years with chicken wire I learned from my late Mom in her flower arranging classes! The book looks wonderful, as I love flowers! A chance to win one would be wonderful! If not, I’m heading to grab one at B&N!

  139. Selah Ingle says:

    I love the idea of a gradient arrangement. If I carefully follow your tutorial, I may just be able to pull it off 😀 Normally, I just buy my flowers once a week or so at the grocery store I work at and throw some extra greenery in from what I have outside (another great idea you have shared in the past.) I would love to win the give-away!
    The main thing I have been working on lately though ( I am SO excited about it!!) is reupholstering a sofa I found that is very similar to yours. I had been looking for one like it ever since I started following your blog and while I didn’t luck out and find it by the curbside, I did find it at a consignment shop for less than $400.00 (including delivery) so I feel like I scored a awesome deal. It’s upholstery at the moment is a really UGLY leather on the back piece and arms, and the bench cushion is upholstered in a hideous fabric that looks like the Victorian era threw up all over it…complete with fringe. I can’t wait to get ‘er done! lol.

  140. I buy fresh flowers every week (the Kroger’s stores here in Houston Texas ofter have “clearance” flowers!). Thanks for the great floral arranging tips.

  141. Rochelle Funderburg says:

    I love the idea of this–it will make a perfect Valentine’s gift; and the idea of using chicken wire is great.

  142. Maxine Thomas says:

    I enjoy your posts and reading your ideas. I love flower arrangements, real and artificial. I would love to win the book for new inspiration.

  143. Beautiful! I love fresh flowers and have started dabbling with arranging them. It is such an art! I would love to win the book, pick me please?!:)

  144. Love your blog and would love to win the flower book!!!

  145. Tammy Placr says:

    Beautiful! I am going to try this. Thanks for the giveaway

  146. What a beautiful arrangement! Thank you for the tips!

  147. Thanks for sharing your incredible talent with us. You are always so inspiring!

  148. I haven’t used chicken wire in years! Thanks for the reminder! Such a generous of a giveaway!! Thank you!!

  149. Kathy Sladovnik says:

    This arrangement is beautiful. I love flowers, but am terrible at arranging them. I will have to give your tips a try.

  150. Melissa Overland says:

    Love the gradient centerpiece and can’t wait to try it!! Would love to win a copy of the book too.

  151. What’s gorgeous centerpiece! I love your choice of colors and the placement in your vase!

  152. Beautiful arrangement and I love all the flowers you picked out. I am absolutely in LOVE with the book cover. Ranunculus is one of all time favorite flowers. I have a wonderful spot on my coffee table for this book.

    1. Thank you! This is an older post, so as mentioned the giveaway is finished. Appreciate you stopping by!

  153. As a high school Floral Design teacher I give your arrangement an A+ due to composition, color and using chicken wire (cheaper & better for the environment). Fabulous cover art on Erin’s gorgeous book, I would love to look at how it’s constructed.

  154. Janet, this is just gorgeous! I just used the chicken wire trick for my floppy tulips…it makes such a difference!!

  155. Jane Hansen says:

    Thank you for this flower arrangement idea, especially using the chicken wire. This will bring out everyone’s creative process. I really appreciate your blog and look forward to seeing all your ideas to help me with my home.

  156. Your floral arrangement is so beautiful. Pink is my favorite color in the garden.

  157. Linda Ray says:

    Hi Janet,
    Thank you so much for the beautiful arrangement and a simple way to arrange the flowers. Looking forward to attempting this on my own and bringing sunshine back in my life since my husband’s passing.

  158. Great tips! The book looks amazing!

  159. Linda B Gullotta says:

    Thanks so much for the chicken wire hint! I will pick some up tomorrow!

  160. Delanie Collings says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the fantastic tutorial on flower arranging! Every time I try to arrange fresh flowers, they never look quite right. Now I’m excited to buy several bunches of flowers and go to town! I already have chicken wire, floral tape, and a bunch of containers, now with your detailed tutorial I’ll feel confident to arrange away!!

  161. Hi I hope you will be able to see my email after so many!!! Wow,, I wanted to ask you about the bottles in the background..colored pink, orange?? I have looked for them in stores,, would love the name of..thanks so much…Lynda

  162. JOYCE ANGELINI says:


    1. Thank you kindly Joyce!

  163. Kim Lennie says:

    Flowers and flower arranging is my jam. I was so lucky for 8 years to take classes at my community center once a week. I loved it and always made sure I had enough flowers to make two arrangements , one for myself and one that I would randomly give away to someone on my walk home or someone in my building. The best part was making someone’s day. Thank you Janet this book would be much loved.

    1. Kim…that sounds so fulfilling and how nice of you to give arrangements away!

  164. You make it look so easy. Can’t wait to try it.

    1. It really is simple DaleAnn and I hope that you try it!

  165. Dana H. Sharbrough says:

    How lovely! The book looks like it has lots of wonderful ideas on arranging flowers I love to have real flowers around. They always seem to brighten up everything and everyone!

    1. Glad that you enjoyed the post Dana!

  166. Elaine McKenna says:

    Thanks for this post! Heading out today and I’m planning on buying flowers and will try to replicate your gradient floral arrangement.

    1. That’s awesome Elaine…have fun with the process!

  167. Absolutely beautiful. I’m going to try this this weekend!

    1. Enjoy creating Yvonne!

  168. Theresa Hernandez says:

    My mother always kept fresh flowers in our home that she cut from her garden. So I’ve been trying to do the same. Such a lovely small thing that lifts spirits 🥰 I would love to read this book!

    1. Fresh flowers really do add so much to our homes and spirits Theresa!

  169. The gradient flower arrangement is fun, I’m going to try it with some of my many faux flowers. The chicken wire is a great idea.

    1. Excited for you to try this fun idea!

  170. Lovely arrangement. Perfect for a girly gathering. Also, chicken wire is reusable and much easier on the environment than floral foam. 🌸

    1. Those are good points Lana and I do reuse the chicken wire over and over again!

  171. Hi…love the use of chicken wire. Did you spray paint it white or did you buy it that way cause all i found was metal!

  172. Thank you. Your gradient floral arrangement is lovely! So perfectly inspirational as I will be working on floral arrangements soon. So appreciated!

    1. My pleasure Sharon and I am excited for you to create your own!