How to Make Cascading Floral Arrangement

Updated February 21, 2017

A cascading flower arrangement is a bouquet that has a long trail of flowers that cascades down to the floor. This style of arrangement is sometimes used in weddings, when the bride will carry a cascading bouquet down the aisle for a dramatic look. It is easy to learn how to make a cascading flower bouquet that looks beautiful and professionally made without the high price tag.

Hold one calla lily upside down, so that the bud is pointing toward the floor. Place a second calla lily against the first one, lining up the flowers so that the second flower is a little shorter than the first, giving them a stacked look. Tape the two flowers together by wrapping a piece of tape halfway down the stem.

Place a third calla lily above the second calla lily, positioning it so that it still sits above the second flower, but slightly to one side. Tape the third flower to the other two flowers.

Add a fourth flower above the third, positioning it so that it is lined up with the third lily on the opposite side, and tape the flowers together again. Continue this pattern, widening the flowers as you build them upward to make a "V" shape, until the cascading bouquet is the length you want it to be.

Gather a group of at least 10 to 12 calla lilies, but you can add more if you want a larger bouquet. Position the flowers into a traditional round bouquet, and tape the flowers together using floral tape.

Place the cascading bouquet against the round bouquet, manipulating the flowers to eliminate so that the bouquet appears to cascade downward in one flowing sweep. Tape the two bouquets together when you have them positioned to your liking.

Begin at the top of the bouquet and wrap tape around the entire length of the flower stems, trying to avoid leaving any gaps. Wrap the bouquet in satin ribbon, starting at the top of the stem and wrapping downward, avoiding gaps so no green shows through. Secure the ribbon with pearl pushpins in a line up the back of the bouquet.


Silk flowers with wire stems are ideal for cascading bouquets because you can bend them to position them properly. Insert pearl pushpins at a downward angle to make them more secure and prevent them from sliding out.


Fresh flowers have a tendency to wilt and brown around the edges if they are cut too far in advance. If using fresh flowers, soak them in a preservative liquid before using them.

Things You'll Need

  • Bouquet holder with floral foam
  • Fresh or silk calla lilies
  • Floral tape
  • Satin ribbon
  • Pearl-topped pushpins
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