Valentine’s Day flower arrangement ideas for someone special
Valentine’s Day and flowers are a tale as old as time. Whether you’re giving an arrangement to that special someone in your life or adding a touch of romance to your tablescape during the holidays, we’ve rounded up our favorite arrangements that celebrate the day of love. Valentine’s Day flower arrangements don’t have to be over the top and dramatic to show someone you care. They can be as simple as buying your Valentine’s favorite flower and arranging them in a beautiful vase. Taking the time to put the flowers in a vase, rather than storing them in the cellophane wrapping, is an extra step that will mean more to your loved one than you might think. They’ll be especially impressed when they hear you made them a Valentine’s Day bouquet and didn’t pick it up at the store (although that’s always a welcome gesture, if the flower arrangement isn’t your cup of tea).
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Carolyn Chen
As far as the flower arrangement is concerned, stick to this formula: height + cluster + hero. Always focus on one flower that will be the hero of the arrangement – it may be your Valentine’s favorite flower. Next, choose a flower or trim that has height and structure. Finally, when arranging the flowers in your vase, group a variety of flowers and charges together, rather than placing multiple hero flowers together in one area. You can buy flower bouquets at any grocery store, and some florists sell flowers by the stem, so you can buy them for your own DIY needs. It’s always good to keep in mind which flowers will be in season for the holidays, but most stores also carry popular flowers that may be out of their traditional growing season.
Along with offering several flower arrangement ideas for Valentine’s Day, we’ve also done some research on the meanings of the most popular Valentine’s Day flowers. Roses, of course, symbolize love, while peonies are the flower of compassion. Camellias, a Southern favorite, represent fidelity, so you’re sure to know your lover is here for the long haul if they show up with a group of these blushing beauties. No matter what style of flower or arrangement you give your Valentine, just remember that nothing says “I thought of you” quite like a bouquet of fresh flowers.
Arrangement Rose and Amaryllis
Roses, which symbolize love, form a bold accord with amaryllis flowers, which represent the pride of a relationship. Show your partner how you really feel about them with this simple and elegant bouquet. Find a wide-mouthed vase and cut the floral foam to fit the vase before soaking it. Trim the stems of your flowers so that they create a dome shape (as seen in the photo) when arranged in the foam.
Flower arrangement gift bag
1 bunch of tulips (10 stems)
florist scissors or shears
A 14-ounce can of coffee or a large pot
Valentine’s Day gift bag
Step 1: Cut the elastic that holds the flowers together and cut an inch off the bottom of each stem. Remove excess foliage, leaving only a few leaves. Put the stems in a bucket of clean water with floral preservative and place them in a cool, dark place for several hours or overnight to condition the flowers.
2nd step: Make a grid across the opening of the box with florist’s tape to accommodate several stems in each square. Wrap tape around the container several times to secure all the pieces.
Step 3: Fill the container half full with water. Place it in the gift bag and arrange the flowers, distributing the stems evenly in the grid.
Step 4: Deliver the arrangement. Flowers last longer in a cool environment, so don’t leave them in a hot car for long.
Florist’s secret: The tulip is one of the few flowers that continues to grow after being cut, so the arrangement will change a little each day.
Arrangement of Peonies and Oakleaf Hydrangeas
Place a ball of chicken wire in a shallow, wide-mouthed vase filled with water. Spread variegated pittosporum (the white-edged leaves) and oakleaf hydrangea sprigs (the cone-shaped flowers) on either side of the arrangement. Add a cluster of peonies towards the lower midsection to give it weight before tucking in the oakleaf hydrangea leaves towards the lower right. If you can’t find oakleaf hydrangeas at any of your local florists, you can substitute any similarly shaped flower or one that adds height to the arrangement.
The $25 Rose Display
A classic florist trick gives roses a dramatic arch. Form a grid on top of the vase with florist’s tape and arrange the roses so that they cover the grid. This helps the roses maintain the desired arrangement shape.
MATERIALS: a dozen roses + florist’s ribbon
VASE: glass pitcher
It’s easy to buy a potted orchid from your local florist. Orchids are said to represent rare and exotic beauty. When choosing an orchid from the store, check its roots to make sure they are plump and white or green in color. A healthy orchid will also have bright green leaves, several small flower buds on the plant, and a strong stem holding its flowers.
Bright red arrangement
Arrange several bouquets of red tulips, roses and ranunculus in a container in your home for a monochromatic look with lots of texture. All you’ll need to achieve this look is a wide-mouthed vase, soaked floral foam cut to the shape of the vase, and two to three bouquets of flowers of your choice.
The $20 Statement Bouquet
Create a lush, artistic look by pairing some greenery (cut straight from the yard) with a few showy flowers. Secure loose stems with florist’s wire and wrap them with twine. You can even bring your own vase from home when giving this bouquet.
MATERIALS: mixed bouquet + greenery + florist wire + string
VASE: any large glass cylinder
Basket of buds
We love how the colors in this arrangement scream “be my Valentine”. You can use any basket around your house and cover it with a plastic bag. Cut the floral foam to fit the shape of the basket and soak it in water. When arranging your flowers, be sure to vary the height at which you cut your flowers. We’ve used roses and tulips here with green mastic, but you can use whatever flowers you have on hand. For added drama, use a pencil to roll up any long leaves that may hang over the edge of the basket.
Extraordinary carnation display
Carnations are a hardy flower. Although they can be misunderstood, impress your valentine with a display of different colored carnations that won’t disappoint. Learn more about how to style carnations here.
Charming camellia buds
Who knew those camellia flowers in your garden might come in handy? Make a group arrangement with fresh clippings and place them in any small vases you have around your home. This arrangement would also be pretty for a small table.
This arrangement is as simple as possible. After cutting your tulip stems to the same height, place them all together in a wide-mouthed vase. Lightly swirl the tulips to create a diagonal pattern with their stems. Wrap the hanging leaves around a pencil for a corkscrew effect.
Minimalist bud vases
If you’re having a Valentine’s Day party and are looking for a simple arrangement that uses clippings from your garden, try adding a few fresh flowers to small bud vases. The tighter the bud, the longer the flowering will last. A variety of spike flowers and closed buds add interest to any grouping.
Pull out your favorite silver Valentine’s vase that Grandma passed down and use it as a sparkly vase for your arrangement. If you don’t have a silver vase on hand, any vase will look just as pretty. In this arrangement we have used foxgloves and snapdragons to top the larger vase, and peonies have been used in the smaller vases.
Sunflower bud vases
Sunflowers might not be the first flower you think of for a holiday celebrating love, but these flowers represent adoration and devoted love – two qualities to look for in any relationship. Due to their weight, sunflowers need a sturdy container to display their sunny blooms. Here, we’ve used vintage mason jars and tied ribbons around their mouths for a cheerful, laid-back bouquet.