Learn how to make a spring flower arrangement for your kitchen table with fresh flowers from your own backyard. Design your own DIY centerpiece!
As soon as the snow starts to melt at the end of winter I anxiously await for the first flowers to bloom. Springtime is a new beginning that all life seems to come out in. When the flowers start popping out their faces I get to enjoy bringing the garden inside once again.
It’s something that’s just not the same over the winter even if I bring some leftover wedding flowers home knowing that they were shipped here from far away.
One of my favorite things is to wander around our property to cut what’s blooming. Don’t get me wrong I really enjoy having the flowers look beautiful outside… but I LOVE being able to cut some of them and bring them inside to create a beautiful flower arrangement in one of my favorite vases.
I am going to walk you through how to make a compote style arrangement perfect for your kitchen table.
What do I need to create a flower arrangement with spring flowers?
- Compote style vase or bowl (no need to be fancy, I frequently will use a bowl as a vase)
- Fresh cut flowers from your garden or a bunch from a local flower farm
- Scissors, pruners, or knife (whichever you have handy will do)
- Chicken wire or floral foam
- Florists waterproof tape
Choosing Your Vase
When you are designing an arrangement for your table, bowls work really well. They are low and have a wide opening with plenty of room for all of your flowers. Look for something preferably ceramic or metal that can be very pretty as well as long as it opaque. You aren’t going to want to see the mechanics holding up your flowers distracting from your design. If you are like me and enjoy thrifting and antique stores, you can always find some really unique inexpensive bowls and vases.
What spring flowers are good for cutting?
Most spring flowers are perfect for your arrangement. Some good options that you probably already have planted are tulips, daffodils, and hyacinth. Some other flowers definitely worth planting are hellebore, ranunculus, and anemone.
My arrangement includes…fancy daffodils, double tulips, hyacinth, ranunculus, and hellebore. You can include as much or as little variety in flower types and colors as suits your style or what you already have growing in your garden.
Please take note… you will want to pre-cut your daffodils 2 hours or more before designing if you want your arrangement to stay fresh longer. They have a sap that is toxic for your other flowers and will make them wilt more quickly. When it is time to design no cutting will be necessary for your daffodils only.
How to start your arrangement
The first thing you are going to want to do is to gather all of your flowers and supplies. Once you have your work area ready take a piece of chicken wire and crumble it into a ball that will fit in your bowl. Then create a plus sign over the top with your take to make sure it doesn’t push out and fill with water. (It doesn’t need to be a perfect ball or at all neat looking it will be hidden under your gorgeous flowers.)
What to add to your arrangement first?
When you start adding flowers to your arrangement choose something fuller, you can even use some foliage from shrubs to start. The base flowers usually have one stem with multiple flowers or “branches”. You are going to want to create your base and shape with your first flowers.
With each step of your arrangement you want it to look pretty, even if you stopped there and left it that way. Don’t worry about what’s coming next, just take it one step at a time. I would be happy to have a pretty bowl of hellebore on my table, just like pictured below.
Pro-tip, when sticking your stems into the chicken wire try to put them in at an angle so they make x’s across the bowl. You don’t want to have them all stuck in the center because later you won’t have room for the other flowers.
Adding your Focal Flowers
Next, you will start adding in your focal flowers, which are the rest of the flowers that you picked. Most of them will each have one stem with one flower unlike what we used for the base. When you add these keep in mind your shape and how big you want it to be.
I started with my daffodils, which are precut so they do not hurt the other flowers keeping the shape I like. Then, I may have them stick out a little further than the hellebore. I followed with my tulips. you will want to tuck them in deeper in your arrangement because they will continue to grow longer stems and if they start tall they will get taller.
Lastly, it’s time to add your finishing touches. Finish your spring flower arrangement by adding in the rest of your flowers to fill in any blank spaces. I finished mine by adding hyacinth and ranunculus.
What do you do if you can’t fit any more stems in the vase? No need to add all of the flowers you picked. This is the perfect opportunity to find a little vase or jar and put them in your bathroom!
Enjoy your beautiful spring flower arrangement!
- Fresh Spring Flowers (a large handful or one bunch from a local flower farm)
- Bowl or Vase
- Waterproof Floral Tape
- Florist Chicken Wire
- Gather your flowers, choose a bowl/vase and gather your tools. If using daffodils precut them at least 2 hours prior to creating your arrangement.
- Roll chicken wire in ball and place in bowl.
- Tape an x across top of bowl and fill with water.
- Add your base flowers to create your shape. Choose something leafy with multiple branches. Make sure you cannot see the wire underneath.
- Add your focal flowers keeping the shape you created with your base. (if using daffodils make sure they are precut)
- Place your beautiful arrangement on your kitchen table and enjoy!
Daffodils are toxic to other flowers which is why we precut them so that their sap is no longer dripping from the stem when you place them in your arrangement.
Tulips continue to grow even after being cut. Try to place them deeper in your arrangement so when they grow they stay within an area that looks best.
I would love to know your favorite spring flowers! Comment below with your favorites!