Easy to Make Flower Arrangement

No need to call a florist, an easy to make flower arrangement is something that you can totally do. Let me show you how!

Summer flower arrangement with chrysanthemums and lemonsd

Before we dive into today’s post, thank you to all of you who read my latest cancer update and left such encouraging comments as I face my scary procedure on Thursday.

Today’s easy to make flower arrangment is part of a monthly Pinterest Challenge hosted by Cindy of County Road 407. Each month Cindy selects a picture from Pinterest and challenges our group to create our own version of the look.

Many thanks to Cindy for hosting this challenge.

If you arrived here from Decor to Adore, welcome!

Our Inspiration for this Challenge

This month we were challenged to create a summer floral arrangement inspired by this beautiful one designed by Mary of Home is Where the Boat is.

If you’ve never visited Home is Where the Boat is, I encourage you to do so. Mary is super talented at floral design, creating beautiful tablescapes, and decorating.

Isn’t this a beautiful arrangement?

The moment that Cindy sent this picture to our group, I couldn’t wait to make an arrangement inspired by this one for my home.

My Version of Our Inspiration

I so much enjoyed making this arrangement for this challenge.

Flower arrangement with Chrysanthemums, and Lemon in a white Indiana milk glass footed fruit bowl.

For my container, I use a Milk Glass Footed Fruit Server that I purchased long ago at a yard sale.

Flower arrangement with Chrysanthemums, and Lemon in a white Indiana milk glass footed fruit bowl.

The flowers and lemons that I used to make the arrangement came from Kroger and the greenery sprigs from my yard.

Flower arrangement with Chrysanthemums, and Lemon in a white Indiana milk glass footed fruit bowl.

My flower arrangement is now a week old and the flowers and greenery still look fresh. I think that I may get another week of enjoyment out of this arrangement!

Flower arrangement with Chrysanthemums, and Lemon in a white Indiana milk glass footed fruit bowl.

How I Made the Arrangment

I have no formal flower design training but I did watch my mother make countless flower arrangements for church when I was growing up.

Mama provided flowers for the church alter table two Sundays in July and every Sunday in October.

My grandmother was a garden club flower show judge and her arrangement won national awards. Since I didn’t live near her, I never learned her flower arranging skills.


Condition the Flowers

As soon as I arrived home after purchasing the flowers at Kroger, I made a fresh cut on the end of each stem.

Flowers from Kroger with ends cut off

I then removed the plastic from each flower bunch, separated the stems, and put the flowers in cool water to soak overnight.

I’ve read to put them in a cool dark room but I just left mine on the kitchen table overnight. We keep our house very cold in the summer (and winter) so the flowers were perfectly happy on the kitchen table.

Conditioning flowers

Prepare the Container with Floral Oasis

Using floral oasis is the key to making an arrangement that will last.

The oasis soaks up a tremendous amount of water that the cut flowers in the arrangement can drink using the xylem in their stems.

Floral foam is designed to use for arranging faux flowers. Floral oasis is designed for arranging fresh flowers.

Use a sharp knife to cut the oasis to fit your container. I keep an old serrated knife in my craft cabinet just for this purpose.

Oasis in a milk glass Indiana fruit bowl

Put the container in a sink and let the water slowly flow over the oasis. Turn the container as needed so that every inch of the oasis gets saturated with water.

Soaking floral oasis with water

Did you see the groovy Harvest Gold and Avocado Green wallboard in my basement laundry room? This room desperately needs a makeover!

After the oasis is fully saturated, you are ready to start making the flower arrangement.

Floral oasis in a milk glass Indiana fruit bowl

Use a Large Table for Flower Arranging

After my container was ready for flowers, I spread out my flower and lemons on my kitchen table.

Flowers and fruit cut and prepped for making a flower arrangement

Mama always worked on the kitchen counter when she arranged flowers. A workbench would be another good spot for flower arranging.

A mess will be made, so have your compost bowl or trash can nearby.

Adding the Lemons

The first step in creating my arrangement was to add the lemons.

I loved how Mary lined her glass container with lemons and also included lemons on skewers in our inspiration picture.

Since my container isn’t glass, I only added lemons to my arrangement.

Lemons on a skewer for a flower arrangement

Each lemon was pieced with a skewer and then I used my clippers to shorten the skewer length.

Lemons on a skewer for a flower arrangement

I then inserted the skewer into the oasis even distributing the lemons around the container.

Lemons on skewers arranged in white milk glass Indiana fruit bowl

I purchased two varieties of mums from Kroger to use for this arrangement. I started by evenly distributing one type around the container.

Lemons and flowers on skewers arranged in white milk glass Indiana fruit bowl

Apparently I was very focused on what I was doing as I forgot to take any more pictures as I added flowers to the arrangement.

What I did was add the second type of mum that looks a bit like a Daisy and then added more of the other mum variety.

Flower arrangement with Chrysanthemums, and Lemon in a white Indiana milk glass footed fruit bowl.

My last step was to add sprigs of greenery from my yard.

It’s possible that a florist adds the greenery before the flowers. I’m not sure of the “correct” way to add greenery but this is how I did it.

Flower arrangement with Chrysanthemums, and Lemon in a white Indiana milk glass footed fruit bowl.

Seeing this pretty arrangement on my dining room table each time I pass through that room makes me so happy. It didn’t take me long at all to make and it looks so pretty on on my table.

Flower arrangement with Chrysanthemums, and Lemon in a white Indiana milk glass footed fruit bowl.

I do wish that I would have cut my skewers a bit longer as my flowers ended up covering a bit more of my lemons that I had planned for them to cover.

I tried pulling the skewers out a bit but they sank back to their original depth in the oasis.

Flower arrangement with Chrysanthemums, and Lemon in a white Indiana milk glass footed fruit bowl.

If you want an even easier way to make a flower arrangement, check out the arrangement of Zinnias that I shared last summer.

Next up is Kristin from White Arrows Home. Kristin lives on a lake in Wisconsin and is a fellow vintage lover. If you’ve never visited her blog, you should!

More Summer Floral Arrangments with Lemons to Enjoy

Many thanks to Cindy for organizing this fun monthly challenge!

Click on the links below to visit each blogger who is sharing their version of our floral design inspiration photo.

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  1. Paula – This arrangement is beautiful. I just love it and you have surely given me inspiration to make my own.
    I am thinking about you and praying all goes well on Thursday. Good luck!

  2. HI Paula, Love the fresh flowers! Thinking of you this week. Thank you for sharing your story, you are helping so many people you don’t know. laura in Colorado

  3. Such a beautiful arrangement Paula. Loved all your tips too. Aren’t pieces that are footed the best? Pinned, I learned some info about getting flowers ready.

    Again, many prayers!


  4. Oh, your mom’s and grandma’s talent definitely rubbed off on you! This is lovely… and I love the bowl… since I have one too! Pinned (I think I pinned twice by mistake!)

  5. Paula, your bowl of mums and lemons is lovely!!! Simple beauty… This gives me inspiration to use my great-grandmother’s cut-glass bowl in an arrangement like this. Very pretty!!! <3

    Heading over to read your cancer update. Hope it is hopeful!
    Love and hugs,
    Barb 🙂

  6. Well I definitely learned something today! I need some of that floral foam. And I love how your arrangement turned out. It’s so happy and completely stunning! I’ll be coming back to read your other posts asap. Thank you for joining in. Pinned

  7. Well, it looks like you soaked in some of that flower arranging talent even if you didn’t learn it directly from your Mom or Grandmother! I love this arrangement, it makes me feel happy just looking at it. It’s the perfect summer centrepiece!

  8. Hi Paula love the flower arrangement. Just wanted to send my best to you and I hope everything went ok today my thoughts and prayers are with you. Have a great weekend.

  9. I love milk glass – so glad to see you do too. Nice job on the arrangement. I also enjoyed seeing what others in your group came up with.

  10. Paula I have visited this post twice already but I am just now getting a chance to comment. This arrangement is truly just the most perfect summer arrangement with that vintagy vibe I love. The milkglass container is so pretty with the flowers and lemons you used.

    I had no idea about the difference between floral foam and floral oasis. Thanks so much for sharing about it!

    Fun hopping with you as always, and thanks for sharing at TFT!

    1. Oops… Vintangy? That would be read, “Vin-tan-gee,” which is not at all what I meant. Of course, I meant, Vintage-y. Or vintagey. Not a word either way, but you know what I mean!

  11. Goodness! You had me at lemons and daisies! Never thought to use skewers! Genius. Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. This is a lovely arrangement, I usually just bung flowers in a vase so the idea of actually arranging them doesn’t normally occur to me. But you make it sound and look really do-able. I’m going to get some oasis soon and try something a bit more special. Thanks for the tips.

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