How to Make a Flower Arch

Updated November 21, 2016

Flowering garden arches add a bit of whimsy to wedding ceremonies, garden tea parties or an outdoor birthday party. Although pre-decorated arches are available at garden supply stores or through a florist, they are expensive. Making your own saves money and allows you to create an archway tailored to your event's needs. Using florist foam, netting and fresh flowers, you can create your own flowering garden arch in little time for much less money than a purchased version.

Measure the floral arch using a measuring tape to determine the length of the floral garland.

Soak water-holding florist foam in water for 15 minutes. The amount of foam depends on the size of the arch. Cut the foam into 2-inch pieces with a serrated knife.

Cut floral netting into an 8-inch wide piece. The length depends on the size of the arch. Place the cut pieces of foam onto the netting, spacing them evenly along the length of it. Bring the sides of the netting up to envelop the blocks. Twist the netting between the blocks to secure them in place. Tie a piece of ribbon around each twisted section and the two loose ends of the length of netting.

Press the ends of your chosen flowers or foliage through the netting and into the foam. If you find it difficult to push the flowers and foliage in, use a wooden skewer to poke a hole and then remove the skewer. Use the hole left behind to insert the flower or foliage. Cover all of the blocks to create your desired look for the arch.

Fold the length of flowers created in the prior step in half to determine the centre of it. Attach the centre of the length to the top centre of the garden arch, using a plastic zip tie or a piece of ribbon. Stretch the flower length around the shape of the arch, attaching it to the arch every 6 inches using more zip ties or ribbon.


Look for garden arches at garden supply stores, home improvement stores or craft stores. Use fresh or silk flowers, depending on your preference. When choosing ribbon, choose a colour that matches your event's colour scheme.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Florist foam
  • Serrated knife
  • Floral netting
  • Ribbon
  • Flowers
  • Foliage
  • Wooden skewer
  • Plastic zip tie
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