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How to Make Gorgeous Flower Arrangements That Pop

Know what your bathroom vanity needs? Some serious flower power.

Ever wonder why your DIY masterpiece bathroom (insert back-patting here) still doesn’t look like the ones in magazines? That ratty old bathrobe you just can’t let go of has something to do with it, but the real answer is flowers.

Look at your pins and mood boards, and you’ll find flowers lurking in the loo. From ritzy, regal baths to rustic, country powder rooms, the most luscious looking spaces all have a bit of blossom. So grab a handful of flowers and follow these steps to usher your bathroom into Pinterest territory.

1. Think small.

This isn’t a centerpiece for an ’80s wedding. Embrace the natural, harmonious beauty of a single bloom or two. You only need a few to make an impact. A little goes a long way.

2. Keep it contained.

Choose a vessel that’s pretty, of course, but think practically. Aim for something short so the finished arrangement has a low center of gravity—then, it’ll be less likely to take a tumble if you graze it with your curling iron cord. Think tiny vintage-shop bud vase or a stout decorative piece. Look for one with a small, narrow opening; the flared openings of flowerpots and julep cups won’t keep a smaller arrangement upright.

3. Don’t be picky.

Shop (or pluck) in season. Don’t hunt down a specific flower; just buy what’s fresh and looks lovely. Stick with a single type — a couple of roses, a few sprigs of lavender — and choose full flowers that feel soft, like hydrangeas and sweet pea. For small bouquets, be sure to look for stems that bend easily; varieties like lilies and delphinium have thick, stiff stems that keep these little arrangements from looking lush.

4. Start cutting.

First, do an initial trim on the stem of every bloom; even flowers from a high-end florist should be snipped as soon as you’re home (shifting stems in and out of water creates air bubbles that kill flowers). Then, with your vase handy, cut each stem down an inch at a time, testing them inside the vase until you reach a height that both balances the vase and won’t get in the way of your toothbrush.

5. Play!

Add a little water to the vase (remember those air bubbles?), and start placing stems inside. Balance is the goal, so slip stems into empty spots, and constantly rotate the vase as you work so you don’t end up with a lopsided arrangement. Don’t be afraid to remove and retrim stems to get the shape you want.

When you’re done, use a drinking straw to fill the bottom of the vase with water to finish filling the bottom of the vase with water. Place the vase on your vanity, then grab your camera: Pinterest is waiting.