Garden roses, ranunculus and peonies - oh my! When it comes to favorite flowers, these blooming babes usually take the top spot because of their particularly high petal count. And we get it, sometimes more is, well, more! But after a few years in the flower biz our favorites have fallen somewhat left of center. At the top of our list? Tulips! From the simplicity of a single tulip to the explosion of a double to the fineness of the edge detailing on fringe varieties - there is a lot to love. To pay homage to this on-the-fringe favorite, we've created this special DIY. All you need is a little cool tap water, some sharp kitchen shears (or scissors) and our top tips below to get started. Get ready, set, DESIGN!
First step, unwrap all the elements in your box and then fill your vase 3/4 of the way full with cool tap water. Next, get arranging! You're the designer - so feel free to create as much (as little) shape as you'd like! The only firm rule is to give the stems a quick trim (a 1/2" snip will do!) before you place them in the vase.
To create a more wild effect like we did, gently grasp a small bundle of four to five tulips in your hand. We like to stagger the stems so the heads fan out - rather than clump at the same height. Staggering the stems will also give your arrangement more of a casual feel! Once you're done arranging, grab your scissors and cut the stems below your fist and then place them into your vase. Pro tip: Start with the sides and work your way to the middle. Visually, we like the lowest point to be the middle, so ending there will help you make sure you're trimming the right amount.
As you wrap up, remember you're the designer here! Rearrange and give stems an extra trim as you see fit! Another Pro Tip? The tulips will open up a lot in the coming days. Give your design a little extra space now so your blooms aren't too crowded in the days to come!
Parting Words! Frequent water changes and avoiding super-bright and hot spots in your home will ensure you enjoy these beauties for days on end! Wish your tulips were a little taller? Not to worry, tulips are one of the few flowers that will continue to grow once you cut - up to one inch! Enjoy the added height or give them a daily trim to keep your desired state.