How to Arrange Flowers in a Bud Vase

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How to Arrange Flowers in a Bud Vase
Bud vases can create a simple, elegant look. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A bud vase is a container that cannot hold a large bouquet of flowers, but accommodates a mere handful. Bud vases can be very short or taller with a small neck. Arranging flowers in a bud vase is much like arranging plants in a large vessel, but on a reduced scale. Flower arranging is done along the lines of personal taste and creativity; there are no wrong answers in terms of colour and style.

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Things you need

  • Flowers
  • Bud vases
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

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    Choose the type of flowers you will be arranging in a bud vase. Several sprigs of small, delicate flowers like lilacs or honeysuckle can fit into one bud vase, while a single, thicker stem of a daisy, rose or tulip also looks attractive in a bud vase.

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    Coordinate the colour of vase and flower to attain a particular look, or theme, to your arrangement. Monochromatic arrangements in which the bud vase and bloom are the same hue can look elegant and formal. Pairing two or more bold colours together lends a more modern and casual look to your table or home.

  3. 3

    Measure the bud vase and the flowers. You want visitors to notice both the vase and the flower as two separate focal points. To achieve this goal, Ohio-based floral designer Don Vanderbrook suggests employing a flower-to-vase ratio of one-and-a-half to one. For example, a 4-inch vase should hold a stem and flower that is 6 inches tall. Flowers that are too much taller can also cause the bud vase to tip over.

  4. 4

    Strip the stems of leaves so that the leaves will not be saturated with water, and so the leaves will not obscure the lines of the bud vase. Save the leaves for later, if desired.

  5. 5

    Fill the bud vase with water. Avoid spills as you arrange your flowers by filling the vase about two-thirds of the way with water; you can always add more if needed.

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    Fill the bud vase with flowers. When using different types of plants, place the larger one in the vase first, so it will be near the bottom to anchor the vase.

  7. 7

    Add greenery, such as the leaves you stripped from the stems, or some ferns or baby's breath, to the vase to complement the blooms. Insert the leaves just at the rim of the vase, making sure they do not sink into the water.

Tips and warnings

  • Compare the size of the bud vase you have chosen and the location in which you plan to display the vase before you begin your floral arranging. If you are decorating a large table with flowers, you may need a collection of similarly-sized bud vases to provide an attractive arrangement. A single bud vase on a dining room table looks grossly out of scale.

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