The Art of Arranging Flowers: Crafting Spectacular Centerpieces with Vases and Jars

Posted by Belle and June on July 1, 2023

The Art of Arranging Flowers: Crafting Spectacular Centerpieces with Vases and Jars

There's a unique joy in arranging flowers; the act of combining colors, textures, and fragrances into a work of art. In this comprehensive guide, we'll take you through every step of arranging flowers in vases and jars, even bottles, transforming them into stunning centerpieces for any occasion.


Flower arrangements have the power to instantly uplift a room, create a theme, and brighten up your day. Arranging flowers might seem like a complex task but with the right guidance, anyone can create a stunning masterpiece.

But don’t be limited in the use of vases to feature your beautiful arrangement, decorative jars can provide a spark of creativity to give your arrangement a unique look.

Step 1: Understanding the Basics of Flower Arrangement

Flower arranging starts with understanding a few fundamental principles. Harmony and balance, proportion, color, and texture all play a role in creating an appealing floral arrangement.

Harmony comes from using flowers that complement each other, while balance is achieved by evenly distributing the elements you want. Proportion, color, and texture all contribute to the visual interest of the arrangement.

Step 2: Selecting the Right Flowers and Greenery

Selecting flowers for your arrangement involves considering their color, shape, and size. Choose flowers that complement each other, whether they mix and match through analogous colors or contrasting shades. Don't forget about greenery – foliage adds depth, contrast, and helps fill in gaps in your arrangement.


Step 3: Choosing the Perfect Vase or Jar

Your vase or jar plays a vital role in the overall design of your arrangement. Consider the size, shape, and color of the vessel. Smaller vases are best for shorter stems and delicate flowers, while larger vases or jars can handle bigger blooms and plenty of foliage.

Step 4: The Importance of Proper Flower Preparation

Preparing your flowers properly is crucial for the longevity of your arrangement. Remove any leaves that would be submerged in water, cut stems at an angle for better water absorption, and immerse them in water as soon as possible after cutting.

Step 5: Crafting a Stunning Greenery Base

Start your arrangement by creating a base with your chosen greenery. This not only provides a foundation for the flowers but also adds depth and volume to your arrangement. A good rule of thumb is to arrange the greenery to be slightly wider than the mouth of the vessel.

Step 6: Adding Your Main Flowers: The Focal Point

Your main flowers are the stars of your arrangement. Start by adding larger flowers first, arranging them so they are distributed evenly around the vase. Remember to stagger the lengths of your stems for a more natural and appealing look.


Step 7: Enhancing Your Arrangement with Filler Flowers

Filler flowers or accent flowers add the finishing touches to your arrangement. These smaller blooms fill in the spaces between your main flowers and greenery, adding complexity and texture to the design.

Step 8: Final Touches for Your Flower Arrangement

The final touch in any flower arrangement involves checking for balance, proportion, and overall appeal. Rotate your arrangement, adding or adjusting flowers and foliage as needed until you are satisfied with the result.

Advanced Techniques:

Unleashing the Wild Beauty in Your Arrangement

This technique involves using a variety of wildflowers and greenery to create an organic, freshly-picked aesthetic. Choose flowers and foliage of different shapes, sizes, and colors for a truly unique centerpiece.

Creating a Bursting Summer Arrangement

Make the most of the season by incorporating vibrant summer blooms into your arrangements. Consider flowers like sunflowers, hydrangeas, or zinnias for a colorful and sunny centerpiece.

Embracing Farmstand Flora

Farmstand flowers offer a rustic charm that's hard to resist. Incorporating these flowers, usually sold in bundles, into your arrangements can bring a relaxed, country charm to any setting.

Vegetable Tablescape: Adding an Unexpected Twist

Why not incorporate vegetables into your floral arrangement? Adding elements like artichokes, radishes, or even small pumpkins can add a unique, organic twist to your centerpiece.

Crafting a Lush Bouquet

A lush bouquet involves using a generous number of flowers and greenery for a rich, opulent look. This technique is perfect for creating statement centerpieces for special occasions or events.


Expert Tips:

Using Unique or Unusual Vases and Jars

Don't be afraid to use unconventional containers for your arrangements. Items like vintage milk bottles, mason jars, or even teapots can add a unique charm to your centerpieces.

Securing Your Stems for Stability

For large arrangements, consider using a floral foam or a flower frog to keep stems in place. This ensures your flowers stay exactly where you want them in your arrangement.

The Benefit of Using Greenery First

Starting with greenery not only creates a solid base for your flowers, but also allows you to set the overall shape and volume of the arrangement early in the process.

The Art of Foraging

Don't limit yourself to store-bought flowers and greenery. Explore your backyard or local park for unique greenery and wildflowers to give your arrangements a one-of-a-kind look.

Following the Rule of Thirds for a Balanced Arrangement

This design principle involves dividing your arrangement into three or sections of unequal size. This creates visual interest and balance, making your arrangement more appealing.


Arranging flowers is an art that can bring calm and creative satisfaction. With these steps and techniques, we hope you feel empowered to start creating your own beautiful flower arrangements in vases and jars.

The Belle & June catalog offers a wide range of jars and vases from which to choose the perfect vessel for your centerpiece arrangement. Shop our catalog and you’re sure to find the jars, vases, and other decorative vessels at a price that fits your budget.