Winter Floral Arrangement Tutorial

Farmhouse table setting with two winter flower bouquets made of green eucalyptus, green pine, white roses, and green-blue frosted berries.

Written By Tammy Delbridge

Winter Floral Arrangement Tutorial

January 12, 2022

How to Make a DIY Winter Floral Arrangement in 6 Easy Steps

This tutorial will teach you how to make a DIY winter floral arrangement in 6 easy steps. Creating a flower bouquet does not have to be burdensome. While it may seem overwhelming,  a few simple strategies can produce a beautiful centerpiece for any season. 

Farmhouse table setting with two winter flower bouquets made of green eucalyptus, green pine, white roses, and green-blue frosted berries.

A beautiful arrangement of flowers boosts the mood in any room. Flowers are not only room enhancers, but they also promote relaxation. In addition to adding life and color, they enliven any place they are in. For this reason, they are a clear and compelling way to heighten the ambiance of any space. Such is the case with this winter floral arrangement. Here are some tips to help you create a beautiful floral work of art to freshen up your winter decor. Furthermore, these beauties would make great centerpieces for a winter wedding.

Winter flower bouquet made of green eucalyptus, green pine, white roses, and green-blue frosted berries. Bouquet rests in a white farmhouse-style pitcher next to a gold candle.

Step 1

Floral Arrangement Design

Winter flower bouquet made of green eucalyptus, green pine, white roses, and green-blue frosted berries.

Designing a floral arrangement is the most creative and fun part of creating a flower bouquet. For the most part, the design plan is put together by choosing favorite greenery and flowers. Except, there’s only one problem. Not everyone feels confident making those choices. Here are the secrets to keep in mind when choosing materials for a cohesive and beautiful look.

Close up view of winter flower bouquet made of green eucalyptus, green pine, white roses, and green-blue frosted berries.

First, decide on a monochromatic or complementary color scheme. Monochromatic color schemes use colors of the same hue. Hence, a monochromatic winter look might use icy blues and greens of similar values. In contrast, complementary colors are colors that pop against each other. Adding a pop of color typically adds drama. In essence, materials in a floral composition can either be dramatic or soft and subtle.

Choosing fresh or faux flowers for the arrangement is another decision to make. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Fresh flowers are unmatched in their look and feel. They must be kept alive and will only last for a limited time after being cut. Conversely, faux flowers will last as long as they are still loved. Even though there will never be a match for real flowers, the level of detail and realistic quality of today’s faux options makes them an excellent alternative.

The final decision in choosing a floral design is to select a variety of greenery in different sizes, shapes, textures, and growth patterns. It is equally necessary to use options that mimic the current or desired season. The best way to collect plants and flowers is to simply put them in hand and see how they read together.

Winter Flower Arrangement

The winter flower arrangement in this tutorial is made of faux pine, eucalyptus, and berry stems. Pops of white show up in the real-touch roses. My inspiration came from seeing a photo of white roses and pine sprigs. The contrast of deep green on white is stunning, while the eucalyptus adds variety and interest. In this specific case, I used four different eucalyptus types.

Close up view of winter flower bouquet made of green eucalyptus, green pine, white roses, and green-blue frosted berries.

Step 2

Find the Right Container

The next step in creating a floral arrangement is to choose a container or base. There are a lot of options. Vases, urns, pitchers, bowls, tureens, pumpkins, teapots, baskets, crocks, buckets, and wood boxes are available. Vases, bowls, and urns give a simple and elegant look, while baskets, buckets, and pitchers are more casual. The sweet and romantic vibe they bring to a farmhouse, cottage, or garden is charming.

Floral arrangement containers. A concrete Greek woman head, a concrete aged-urn, and a white concrete aged pedestal bowl.

Step 3

Prepare the Container

The container needs to be prepared for both living and faux florals. Living plants require either a grid of floral tape or a floral frog to hold the florals in place and distribute them evenly. In particular, these grids are used in tall vases with water storage. Wet floral styrofoam is best for shorter vases or bowls.

I used faux florals in my winter floral arrangements. Whereas most containers require preparation, I bypassed preparations in one case. Tall vases with narrow openings hold florals casually in place, so I used these vases without any additional support.

Winter flower bouquet made of green eucalyptus, green pine, white roses, and green-blue frosted berries.

However, I used shorter wide-mouthed urns for some bouquets. Dry styrofoam filled the vases to help support and hold the flowers in place.

Step 4

Create a Greenery Base

Eucalyptus, pine, ivy, and fern greenery all make great options to create a base for flowers to rest against. They add variety and interest as well as provide a natural look. I wanted a lot of variety in my winter bouquet. Thus, I chose pine and an assortment of eucalyptus for my base of greenery. Pine is classic winter greenery, and eucalyptus looks impressive in bouquets.

Here are a few tips for adding flora. You can use a triangle strategy. Place greenery in threes so that you can draw a triangle between them. Using the rule of odds is a classic trick. Despite its love for symmetry, the eye also enjoys odd numbers. Obviously, be creative and do not let the rule restrict that, but this general rule can be helpful.

Step 5

Add Blooms

My favorite part of any bouquet is adding the pretty blooms. I love the way they pop against the base of greens. In this case, I wanted white roses to mimic and inspire a winter look. Winter at our home looks like a bed of white snow with the wintergreen of the forest pines. What better way to make a winter bouquet than to add the greens of winter with snow-white roses?

Winter flower bouquet made of green eucalyptus, green pine, white roses, and green-blue frosted berries.

I place the white roses in a way that looks and feels nice. I don’t really follow any rules except to intentionally avoid placing the flowers in straight rows. Instead, I arrange them irregularly, filling in any open spots in the greenery. In addition, I step back regularly to be sure the flowers look evenly distributed throughout the base of greens.

Winter flower bouquet made of green eucalyptus, green pine, white roses, and green-blue frosted berries.

Step 5

Floral Arrangement Finishing Touches

The final and most rewarding step of creating a floral arrangement for winter or any season is adding finishing touches. In this step, I step back to see if my creation roughly resembles an imperfect dome. I love the look of greenery cascading over the edges of the vase in irregular and unique ways, so I never try for a perfect arch. Nevertheless, it’s still desirable to have a shapely bouquet.

In the final step, I add greenery fill or more flowers in places where there are holes. Similarly, filler flowers can also be a nice look. Filler flowers are often small wispy flowers such as sedum, yarrow, or baby’s breath. I added berry sprigs. They added color and a frosty winter touch.

Berry Stems

Beyond their aesthetic appeal, there are many obvious and hidden benefits of having flowers around you. Flowers aid people in de-stressing and slipping into a relaxing mood simply by being from nature. Humans are creatures of nature who crave elements of it around them. Flower arrangements hold beauty. Beauty is therapeutic.

Winter flower bouquet made of green eucalyptus, green pine, white roses, and green-blue frosted berries.

Creativity is also therapeutic. I hope you can gift yourself the time and space to use this tutorial to create something beautiful for yourself. Who knows. Maybe you can do a little soul healing in the meantime.

Winter flower bouquet made of green eucalyptus, green pine, white roses, and green-blue frosted berries. Two vases with bouquets sit atop an black table with vintage books on the side.

Happy creating, my friends. As always, thank you for stopping by. Please do not hesitate to ask questions or leave comments.

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