Place the short 3- to 5-inch clear or frosted glass vase on a table. Hold a flower up next to the outside of the vase to determine its height. Because you want to create a short floral arrangement, keep the flowers up to 2 inches taller than the rim of the vase.
Cut the lower end of each stem at the selected height using sharp clippers. Form a diagonal, 45-degree cut to enable the stem to absorb maximum water that will prolong its life in the vase.
Line the glass vase with decorative stones or colored marbles to enhance visual appeal before filling with water. The stones or marbles also anchor the stems in the vase and hold them upright. Alternatively, measure and cut floral foam to fit the base of the vase using a utility knife. Trim edges around the foam, if required, so it fits the base snugly.
Pour water into the vase until half full. Let the water penetrate the foam and settle in the vase for a minute.
Lower a stem in the center of the vase, pushing it gently into the marbles or foam. Insert a flower at each corner of the vase. Step back to check that the tops are uniform and level. Adjust, if necessary, by pushing a taller stem further into the base or trimming excess length.
Add flowers into the vase to fill empty or bare spots in between. Do not let the petals of adjacent flowers touch, but allow tiny spaces in between so the arrangement creates visual impact. Step back to review the tops and rearrange flowers that stick out higher than the others or at odd angles. Add more water to the vase if necessary.
Things You Will Need
- Short, square vase
- Sharp clippers
- Decorative stones, colored marbles or floral foam
- Utility knife (optional)
- To create a long-lasting arrangement, use fresh flowers with clear petals that are free from spots, cuts or imperfections. Inspect the flowers and stems beforehand and avoid using those with damaged, diseased or wilted blooms.