An Affordable DIY Flower Arrangement for Mom

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Carly Cylinder of Flour LA shows us how to DIY a Mother's Day bouquet.

We're always seeking out a DIY gift that mom will love, especially one that's easy on our bank account, so we sought out a go-to arrangement recipe from Carly Cylinder, Creative Director of Flour LA. Using just a glass beer mug (a narrow vase or juice glass also work!), a few locally grown flowers (Cylinder suggests: look for labels such as Whole Trade, Fair Trade, Veriflora Certified), and a little creative juice, you can make a floral arrangement that she's guaranteed to love--and a low cost to you. Here's how you can make Cylinder's vibrant rustic modern floral arrangement:

What You'll Need:

  • 1 bunch tulips
  • 1 bunch anemones (sub ranunculus if not available)
  • 1 bunch dusty miller
  • 1 bunch seeded or silver dollar eucalyptus
  • Glass vase

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Prep Step: Prep all the flowers by removing all excess greenery on the stem. You want to remove all of the foliage. Then, cut one-inch off of all of the flowers. (*A fresh trim helps cut flowers absorb more water.)

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Step 1: Place the tulips in the vase, each stem angled in so that they start to create a V-shape.

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Step 2: Add in the anemones evenly throughout.

Step 3: Place the eucalyptus in clusters on each side so that it slightly drapes over.

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Step 4: Place the dusty miller off-center to highlight the flowers. Tip: If the water is dirty, take one hand to gently pull the bouquet to the side, dump out the water and fill with clean water.


Step 5: Using both hands, gently hold the bouquet and lift up and slightly out to spread out the flowers.

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Carly Cylinder is the Creative Director of Flour LA and author of The Flour Chef (to be released in 2016).


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