04 April 2012

DIY: Succulent Floral Arrangement


Over the last 6 months I have developed quite an affinity for succulents. They look pretty by themselves or with flowers, they don't require a lot of maintenance or water (I've been known to kill many plants in my day), and they look amazing for both indoor and outdoor decor.
One of my favorite things to do is combine them with fresh flowers to put on a coffee or accent table.
Thankfully my mom is a bad ass florist and has showed me her mad skills over the years...But now we can show you!

You'll Need:
  • Floral container of your choice
  • Oasis Floral Foam Brick (soaked in water)
  • Floral Stem Cutter
  • 3 medium to large succulents
  • Mixed flowers
Insert the oasis brick into your floral container. Depending on the shape you choose, you can use a knife to cut the oasis to fit your container. Cut the stems of your succulents on a diagonal.

Place all 3 succulents into the oasis and evenly space them out. Next, add your bigger "filler" flowers around the edges. *Tip: Hydrangeas are the perfect "filler" flowers to use in floral arrangements because they cover a lot of space allowing you to spend less money on other blooms.

Now you can finish off the arrangement by adding your smaller flowers. Cut your stems on a diagonal and place them into the arrangement by pushing them into the oasis.
*Tip: If using roses, remove the outer "guard petals" prior to putting them into the arrangement.


And there you have it!


29 comments:

livewithstyle-ewa said...

Thanks for sharing, very inspirating.LOVE IT! Maybe you want to follow each other? I'll follow you back for sure

Jen said...

That looks amazing Nicole! I love how mixing fresh blooms with succulents makes the bouquet look much less fussy and very effortless. Your mom is amazing and you did a wonderful job capturing the process and sharing with us. I may just be inspired to try this - although I, like you, am also horrible with living plants haha.

Hope you're having a great week lovely!
xo
Jen

RosaLovesDC said...

This is totally fabulous. You know I have a weakness for flowers so this post makes me so happy.

taylor said...

i fell in love with succulents on my trip to southern california. we don't have as many here on the east coast. this arrangement is so beautiful! i love the hydrangeas, too.

Polly said...

Such a beautiful arrangement, we love succulents down yonder because they actually grow with all this sunshine and warm weather!!

S T E P H A N I E L E A N N said...

Very pretty Nicole!

Jess said...

I love succulents, I'm glad they seem to be popping up everywhere!!!

StilettosAndDiaperBags said...

so pretty! you're one talented lady! xo

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Eloquent English said...

WOW that looks so pretty! I love it and what a great idea! My floral arrangements need much practice. ;) xoxo A-

Nadine said...

These look beautiful! Thank you for the tips, I love the idea of flower arrangements but I'm not too skilled. This gives great direction!

Cara said...

I love this post, it left me feeling so inspired now that it is Spring, I will have fresh flower arrangements weekly! Well done lady ;)
xo Cara
http://www.afashionloveaffair.com

Fashionable Rose said...

this looks amazing! you are very talented at this
i love the colors!

Audrey said...

Totally love this! I love succulents too...thanks for sharing! I hope you do more DIY's! x

Taylor said...

This is stunning!!! I'll take two! One for home and one to stare at all day at work!

xo

Julie Khuu said...

Such a pretty mix babe! Love this look for a bridal shower...I'm planning one this month so this is perfect inspiration! Great job with the color story...so romantic and chic!

xo-Julie
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Annie said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! How fun that your mom is a florist and you've been able to learn from her - I love it! Also love her website. XO

and so it goes.... said...

I love it! Great inspiration for some good spring center pieces!

XO

Angie He said...

Hi Nicole!
I just love your blog, nice design and gorgeous posts.
Following ;)

Styleninfa

TheChambrayCountess said...

Since I am from the desert, I have always taken succulents for granted (and I can't kill them-yea!) but now that I live in the Midwest I miss them and have been bringing them into my house in pots. I have been wondering about mixing them with flowers so thanks for such an informative post!

Belle de Couture said...

LOVE this, Nicole! SO beautiful!! :)
xo
Jen

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Natalie said...

LOVE it Nicity-Nac! Can you send one my way please?! I want one on my table asap. SO gorgeous. And I love the how to, a nice little addition on the blog. xxx Nat

PS - Am I totally immature that the word "succulent" makes me giggle?! Hee hee.

Fabrizia said...

I like your post so much! This DIY is really gorgeous!
Take a look and if you want we can follow each others: Cosa mi metto???

knockedupfabulous said...

Beautiful! Love a good floral arrangement!

Meagan :: Mo Pie, Please said...

My god this is beautiful! SO very beautiful!

*Glam Chameleon* said...

Beautiful floral arrangement!! The colors match so good!!
xoxo
Jelena

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

Love this Nicole! It would cost a fortune at the florist and my mom is an amazing gardener too, I think I can probably convince her to share some hydrangeas with me to make this!

xo Mary Jo

PriscilaPetersDecor said...

Nice piece! It would look great for Easter lunch.

The Key To Chic said...

Wow, it looks so beautiful. I can imagine these on my dinner table!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

So easy and chic!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living