Ikebana Inspired Spring Floral Arrangement

The art of ikebana takes years to master, but even a novice can benefit from the simple rules that make these arrangements so beautiful.

Give Ikebana a Try

Using a few basic principles, you can create your own ikebana arrangement.

Gather Your Materials

You'll need: fresh flowers / fresh greenery / container of your choice / floral frog / gravel or other groundcover / scissors / water.

Place the Frog

Choose the biggest size floral frog that will fit in the bottom of your container.

Add the First Stem

Most often the first step in ikebana is adding the tallest element, which often (but not always) points straight to the sky.

Add the Second Stem

The next stem should be shorter than the first and is usually at an angle.

Add the Third Stem

The third stem should be shorter than both of the other two. It can be offset in the opposite direction or kept near the second stem.

Add Decorative Touches

While strict ikebana rules go so far as to specify stem length and the number of stems, freestylers tend to add more ornamentation. One fairly common theme, however, is to use odd numbers of stems.

Thinking asymmetrically

Think outside the box. Your design should be sculptural and free flowing.

Add the Gravel

Add gravel to fill the container and move it around as necessary to keep the stems in place.

Consider a cluster

Use several of the same flowers at the base of another stem for impact.

Add drooping elements

Add low hanging or drooping stems that extend beyond the side of the container for interest.

Learn More About Ikebana

If you are inspired by ikebana, look for a class in your area. They are widely available.

Architectural elements

Consider looping more flexible pieces and inserting both ends into the frog to create some interest.

Think Green

Go unconventional with all green and no flowers.

Use Moss as a Groundcover

Sheet moss makes a great groundcover. Tear small pieces and be sure to poke it in between stems for a finished look.

Experiment With Containers

Consider all sorts of containers for your arrangement. This kind of arranging works well in all types of containers from wide shallow bowls to tiny teapots.