How to Make a Summer Flower Arrangement

Summertime, and the living is easy—so why not the flower arranging? Capture the spirit of the season with bright colors, casual containers, and an easy, breezy attitude.

You will need

  • A casual vase or container
  • Some cool water
  • A variety of summer flowers
  • A pair of gardening shears or scissors
  • Some flower food or bleach and sugar
  • And a flat surface
  • A smaller
  • plastic container (optional)

Step 1 Choose container Choose a casual container that fits the feel of summer in your location— an earthenware pitcher, colorful jar, painted bucket, wicker basket—anything that conveys a lighthearted and laid-back summer vibe.

Step 2 Fill with water Fill the container halfway with cool water.

Step 3 Add flower food Add some flower food to the water and set the container aside. If you don’t have flower food, add a few drops of bleach and 1 teaspoon of sugar per quart of water. This will provide nutrients for the flowers and rid the water of any bacteria.

Step 4 Trim stems Place the shortest greens and flowers in your container first, trimming their stems one at a time to create a range of heights. They shouldn’t be a uniform length—a summer arrangement should mimic the unpredictability of flowers growing wild.

Step 5 Fill arrangement Fill in your arrangement with gradually taller flowers and branches, trimming them to various heights, until you’ve created a wild, abundant, overgrown effect.

Step 6 Change water daily Change the water daily to keep your arrangement fresh.