I love roses. I love how beautiful they make a room feel.
Long-stemmed roses thrown in a vase “as-is” can seem ordinary and lacking in artistic quality. Simply trimming them to shorter lengths can help you create an arrangement in which each beautiful rose stands out.
Today, I’ll be sharing how to put together three simple and elegant rose arrangements.
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First the basics.
Use clean scissors or a sharp knife to trim your roses. Measure each stem to make sure it will show just above the rim of the vase. Cut the stems at an angle and cut off all damaged leaves and leaves that will fall below the water line. I frequently remove all leaves for a cleaner look.
Remove any outer petals that look damaged or unhealthy.
For my first arrangement, I trimmed my rose stems to about 7.5 inches.
Add water and flower food to your vessel. A packet of food should come with your fresh flowers.
Now you are ready to start arranging.
These are the items you’ll need for the first arrangement. I found this beautiful mercury glass vase last fall. It was lovely for the holidays, but definitely works for any time of year. It’s on sale here.
I place the solo cup inside the vase to keep the inside of the vase dry and to better contain my roses.
Next, I grouped about 5 roses together with a rubber band.
I used 3 groups of 5 roses banded together and 3 additional roses to fill in holes for a total of 1.5 dozen (18) roses. Be sure to leave a little room for your roses to open up.
I assembled the same look here in pink for my Valentine’s Day table.
For my second look, I used a very current taller, more slender vase.
I layered my new roses with 5 roses I had from a previous bouquet. You could use other types of flowers for this layering technique.
Leave your center roses approximately 1-1.5 inches taller than the ones that are near the rim.
Layering your vase on a beautiful tray help your arrangement stand out.
And the last look is so simple, but provides a beautiful statement.
I simply trimmed my rose stems short enough to lean at an angle in a votive.
They are lovely grouped together in a row.
One last tip, be sure to change your water every day or so to get more life out of your roses.
Arranging roses is such a wonderful task. I hope you learn to enjoy it enough to bring home a weekly bouquet and arrange them to enjoy in your home.
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Beautiful ideas. Just a little tip that I hope is helpful. Never wash or wipe the inside of a mercury glass container, it will wipe the mercury coating right off. I learned the hard way!
Thank you so much Toni! And yes! It is why I put the plastic cup inside of mine. I think I will add that note to the post for those who don’t know. Thanks again!!! xo
Thank you for the tip about mercury glass!
Jennifer, Your arrangements are beautiful. Do you ever use floral foam, and if so, what type of arrangements do you use them. Love the rubberband tip on clustering them together-I will be using that technique, and the solo cup for sure!
Hello and thanks so much! Glad you found some helpful ideas! I do use floral foam at times. I usually put it in vessels that are more shallow. I plan to do a spring arrangement that may require foam. If I do I’ll provide instructions. Thanks for asking about it. It’s such a great product!
Norma Rolader says
Oh so beautifully done and thank you for sharing tips and tricks
Thank you and you are so welcome!!! xo