Flower Arranging Tips Video: Wine Country Floral Arrangement Ideas for Home

Give the gift of a homemade bouquet of flowers and tree leaves for Mother's Day, birthdays and more

Looking for floral arrangement ideas for home or a homemade gift that is both thoughtful and easy? Don’t be intimidated by fancy flowers and floral design. You can make a beautiful bouquet yourself with this quick flower arranging tips demonstration video and floral shopping list. Beautiful flowers make any special occasion memorable, from Mother’s Day, anniversaries and birthdays to the day you say, “I do.” (Yes, I did make my own wedding bouquet.)

I source my flowers from the Jordan garden and surrounding trees, but sometimes purchase locally from Sequoia Floral. Incorporating natural tree branches and moss into floral arrangements adds a rustic, yet elegant touch–and saves money. You’ll also need a few simple tools. If you don’t have time to visit your local Michael’s, Amazon is also a great source for floral design supplies.

Jordan Estate Garden Floral Arrangement

Shopping List

Flowers:

3 Red Peonies
3 Pink Peonies
3 Lilac Stems
3 David Austin Roses
4-6 Poppy Pods
3 Oak Branches
4 Olive Branches
Spanish Moss

Tools:

Stem Stripper
Floral Tape
Pruning Clippers
Scissors
Jute Ribbon
Corsage Pins

Don’t forget Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon to celebrate that special occasion.

Video Transcription

What I love about bouquets is that a lot of people think that they’re just great for weddings, but they’re so awesome to give to friends and family for any occasion. It could be mother’s day, birthday, anniversary, it’s just such a fun thing to do. And it’s your own, you can put your own special touch on it. What you want to make sure to do is mix your textures and colors. And a lot of times, I tend to not use too many different colors on the color palette, I like to stay within the same wheel. Here I’m using pinks and purples and mauves, which really complement each other. And then I like to use something else to offset it. Also, a fragrance like if you want something that’d be fragrant, kind of considering that too. Do you want it to be fragrant or not? Typically, I work in groups of three of different colors. And then with the greenery, you just kind of go to town with greenery until it looks right. 

These are the flowers I’m going to use, I mean to look for the best one as I want to have it as my focal point. I really like the look of these. You start with the center and you build around it is kind of the concept. For this, I would take this, you don’t want them too tight, you don’t want to squish them together. Now that I have everything in sort of a place interweaving, now I’m able to kind of take my hands. And now I can do this and they’re kind of you know, different directions here. And then you can kind of cheat what needs to be lower and what needs to be higher and just keep it slightly looser in your hand. You don’t want to squeeze them too tight because you don’t want to break anything. I like to mix the David Austin and the peonies because they’re so similar in texture but yet they’re different, which makes it interesting. And I also love the story of how they are such a great substitute for weddings when a bride is set on having a peony. You can always get the David Austin roses which are really great. And they both are very fragrant, which I also love along with the lilac. This is going to be a very fragrant bouquet. 

The last thing I like to do with an arrangement to just really kind of give it a clean finished look is adding the greenery because it also doesn’t only add a lush, beautiful green, but it hides the mechanics of the wrap that we’re about to do. Some of the different greens I really like to use, I like to use this is just from an oak tree here on property. We also have some olive branches, which are pretty fantastic. They hold up extremely well. They do great without water. 

Now what you’re going to want to do is grab your floral tape and really this is just helping you out to hold everything together. If you move anything, it’s not going to fall apart on you. Here we just wrap it and this, the tape is really easy to use because it adheres to itself, which is nice. We’ve got that.

Typically rule of thumb with wrapping the scan, is you want to make sure to have enough for two hands because people tend to grab it like this. You want to make sure that it’s long enough. And then right at the end when you have it like this, then I like to take this and fold it or you get a really nice, clean full, tuck it under just a little bit, give it a clean line. And then from here, I’m going to take fans just to make sure to go up.

A great thing is if you’re making this for somebody, it’s a good thing to clip it and then get it in the water right away. And then before you give it to them, you clip it one more time so that it stays a little bit fresher because then they can put it in water. As far as size and working with different arrangements and different flowers. I really like to work in thirds. However, if you have certain flowers, if you have tulips, or if you have something that’s a smaller, delicate flower, you’ll probably need more. Some of these I could have used less and if I wanted to, I want it to go big here but Peonies are so large, you could work with one peony, just a little bit of greenery and, you know, two-three roses. That’s okay to do that. You don’t always have to do everything in odd numbers, but you just want to make sure it looks real even without looking like a bull’s eye. 

You know just don’t be scared to make flowers, don’t be scared to just grab flowers, pull them in, mix them up. And it’s always gonna be a little bit different. It’s never going to come out exactly how you want but just know it’s already pretty. The flowers are gorgeous so you can’t screw up too badly so just give it a shot. Just try it.

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About the Author

As one of eight children, Nitsa Knoll doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t helping host parties for her Greek family in Southern California. She naturally gravitated toward planning beautiful events with bold colors and flowers as focal points. Today, she spends her days overseeing events and hospitality at Jordan Winery, where she works alongside her husband, Todd Knoll. With an eye for design, her creative mind is constantly at work, planning the next dinner party or designing a new floral arrangement. She finds constant inspiration from the trees and flowers growing at Jordan Estate and throughout Sonoma County.