Today I am sharing with you one of my favourite floristry tutorials – my ultimate jam jar flower tutorial. There is nothing better than decorating your home with little arrangements. They are my favourite thing to whip together when I have people coming over – versatile, simple to make (when you know how) AND perfect for using little bits from the garden. I’m sharing with you my tips for arranging a trio of jam jars with seasonal flowers. This is a must read post if you want a simple, floristry DIY that always looks amazing.
Step one – The tools of the trade
The great news is you don’t need loads of floristry gubbins to make your jam jars shine. A few simple tools listed below will be perfect to craft your jars.
- some sharp snips
- jam jars (I went for 3 of varying sizes)
- around 1m of decorative ribbon
Step two – Choose your flowers
This is where the design kicks in – you could go tonal – all whites for example or go super sassy with ALL the colours of the rainbow. There really is no right or wrong here, just whatever grabs your attention. The best thing about jam jars, is you don’t need loads of flowers to fill them.
For my 3 jars I used:
- 3 stocks
- 4 alliums
- 1 peony
- 4 stems of alchemilla mollis
- 2 Miss Piggy roses
- 2 Bombastic spray roses
- 2 astrantia
- 3 phlox
- 1 scabiosa seed pod head
- Assorted foliage including pittosporum, eucalyptus and grasses
Step three – Tie some pretty ribbons
You can glam up your jars any which was you want – ribbons, glitter, paint! The world is your oyster …
I prefer a simple ribbon tie – it adds just enough detail without fully taking over from the gorgeous flowers! Here I used some hand-dyed silk ribbons, but equally you could use some funky floral cotton or perhaps a super sparkly sequin ribbon. The choice is yours!
Step four – Start with your foliage
You want to think about the height of your jam jars. Start by holding up a few pieces of foliage to the side of your jar to get a feel for the height. The idea is that you are going to create a lovely greenery base so that the flowers nestle in and hold together perfectly. I used a variety of foliage, simply placed in each jar. Its always lovely to have a few bits spilling over the sides to really give your jar a country garden feel.
Step five – Adding the flowers
Start with your largest flower in jars, although this isn’t generally a floristry rule for larger arrangements, when you are working small scale, you want to make sure you are positioning your ‘star of the show’ early, otherwise you will run out of room. For one of my jars I used the peony, for the others some larger roses.
You then just thread the rest of the flowers you have chosen to use in your jars through the foliage. Try to position things at different heights, with some items cascading over the sides of the jars. You can add as little or as much as you like, but I generally find around 6-10 flowers in total looks great.
It really is as simple as that to create a trio of jars! If you decide to craft this DIY, I would absolutely LOVE to see your jars. Head over to Instagram and tag @greenparlour