This the time of year for tulips! Tulips are one of absolute favourite flowers. They make feels like spring is going to pop around the corner at any second. This ‘how to’ will teach you how to make a tulip arrangement. Tulip arrangements are easy to make and perfect to welcome spring. For this arrangement used 30 tulips (3 bunches) and the vase using is a 4″x4″ square. The tulips are quite tight but if your tulips are a bit more open you could certainly make do with 20-25 tulips for this size vase.
Vases that will work well for this type of arrangement are either a square vase or a cylinder – something that is a consistent size from the top to the bottom. One thing to know when making a dense flower arrangement like this is, no matter what kind of flowers you are using, it always takes more flowers than you think!
1. Pick the colours for your Tulip Arrangement
Tulips are so versatile for this! Single colour, double colour or multi-colour arrangements all look great. Take your pick!
2. Clean your flowers for your Tulip Arrangement
Cleaning means removing all the yucky leaves. With any flowers, you don’t want too many leaves below the water line. This causes bacteria to build in the water, therefore shortening your flowers life. With tulips, I remove the leaves that are already drooping or torn. You’ll have a lot less bulk when you’re done, but they look much more tidy and the flowers really show!
3. Have your supplies ready
A vase filled with water and floral food, pruning sheers, and ‘clean’ flowers are needed to get started.
4. Start building your Tulip arrangement in your hand
Building your arrangement in your hand gives you great control. The way you make the arrangement in your hand is how it will look in the vase. Try and keep the heads of your flowers even. If you are combining colours try combining them in groups instead of individual flowers – a cluster of 4 pink, a cluster of 5 yellow, a cluster of 5 pink etc… There is no right way when it comes to tulip arrangements; just do whatever looks best! If you are right handed, like I am, hold the arrangement in your left hand and add the flowers with your right constantly turning the arrangement with your right hand to add flowers to all sides. It might take a bit of practice to get the hang of making the arrangement in your hand but once you get it it is a snap! Don’t be afraid to start over a few times if you have to.
5. Give the stems a cut
Cut all the tulip stems at the same time. You want your flower heads to sit slightly above the top of the vase. To measure, move your vase to the edge of the table and hold the flowers where you want them. The taller your tulips are from the top the vase, the more likely they are to splay outwards and lose their tight form. Did you know that tulips are one of the only cut flowers that continue to grow once they are cut? That means that day by day they will get a bit taller and flow above the vase. Feel free to cut them daily if you want to keep this tight look. The shorter the stems, the better to start. Make your cut!
6. Carefully place your flowers in the vase
Make sure to hold them in their shape the whole time. When the stems are touching the bottom of the vase let go of the arrangement.
7. You’re done your Tulip Arrangement!
Tulips drink a lot of water so be sure to top up regularly. If the water starts looking murky give it a full change.
Pro tip: Do you want to know how to make tulips last longer? Drop a penny in the water to make your tulips stand longer. It’s amazing what this does to make your tulips last longer! It is almost like magic. Pop these somewhere special to brighten up your home!