Our Market Tote is the ultimate Farmgirl Flowers DIY. We provide you all the freshest, seasonal blooms that we use to make our burlap arrangements in our studio - you provide a little elbow grease! Follow the steps below for some of our favorite Farmgirl tips and tricks for arranging and flower care.
Tools You’ll Need: Floral shears, sharp scissors or a sharp kitchen knife . Plus, vessel(s) of your choosing - we like to use one with a mouth that is four inches or less in diameter. Last, cool tap water.
1. Find a clean workspace that is at least three feet by three feet. You’ll want a flat surface that is OK to get wet and that can be cleaned easily of any cuttings.
2. Remove all flowers from your box. Unwrap your stems but keep the paper. We like to use this to line your workspace - it makes cleanup a snap after all your trimming!
3. Fill the vessel(s) of your choosing ¾ of the way with cool tap water.
4. Using your shears, scissors or knife trim the ends of your stems. We recommend at least a ½” trim from every stem. This will help your flowers to hydrate more easily! Next, remove all leaves or bits that will fall below the waterline in the vase. Pro Tip: at Farmgirl Flowers we call this processing! Extra leaves or foliage below the waterline will decay and cause bacteria build up in the water. This can shorten the life of an arrangement. Cleaning these extra bits off (and frequent water changes!) will help to keep the water bacteria free and your blooms extra happy!
5. Now you’re ready to design! Unless you’re working with the teeniest of bud vases, we recommend starting with your greens and bits. Place around the mouth of the vase making sure to criss cross the stems. This will create structure for your blooms later on!
5. Remember, sisters, not twins! By that we mean, the key to really designing like a Farmgirl is to stagger heights. Varying the heights of your greens, bits and blooms will help it to look effortless and visually interesting. Lowest pieces should start 1” to 2” above the lip of the vase - the tallest stems are up to you!
6. Pro Tip: To make your vase look extra Farmgirl, make like our designers and think diagonally! Using some taller greens and stems, add a little more height to the left side of your vase. Use your softer bits and blooms, add a little waterfall to the right side of your vase. This high left/low right movement helps to lead your eye across the arrangement and gives your work a professional touch!
7. Use the buddy system! 90% of the time we like to place flowers in pairs - this helps to add fullness and balance to your arrangement. Remember your staggering rule here! We like to hold both stems in one hand and gently pull one head higher than the other (1” or 2” will do!). Measure the stems against your vase to gauge where you’d like to trim them - then snip and place in your vase!
8. It’s all in the last 10%! Your shape will really come together in the last bit of your work. Use extra greens and blooms to fill in any holes near the vase line or the center of your arrangement. Don’t be afraid to get your hands into it and rework anything that needs a little zhush - you’re the designer!
9. Find a special place for your vase and enjoy! Flowers always look great in the dining room or on a coffee table but we also love them by the bedside, in the bathroom or on your desk!
CARE 101: You’ve worked hard - now enjoy it! To make sure your blooms live their best life keep any arrangement out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources! Frequent trims and water changes will also extend the life of your arrangement.