spring floral how-to from janie of jmflora

i’m a sucker for beautiful flowers, so i couldn’t resist the chance to share a fun floral how-to this morning. janie medley at the bride’s cafe and jmflora specializes in beautiful wedding flowers, and offered to share a fun how-to that’s perfect for spring (and doesn’t require a wedding). janie knows the way to my heart- anything involving a vintage wooden box- so her arrangement is definitely going on my weekend to-do list. i hope you’ll enjoy her spring floral how-to and treat yourself to some of the gorgeous flowers (or plants, if you prefer) that are in season right now. thanks to janie for sharing this fun project! [photography by abby jiu]

CLICK HERE for the full how-to (and comments from janie) after the jump!

Spring Flower Box

Spring is my favorite time of year and I couldn’t wait to fill this wooden “POMME” box with a pretty selection of spring blooms purchased at the local flower market.  Using the wooden box is a fun way to display all the beautiful spring blooms.  The flowers I selected for the Spring Flower Box have the beautiful color palettes of blues and purples and a “pop” of yellow.

Flowers and Filler for 2 Arrangements:

  • Sweet Peas
  • Blue/green antique hydrangea
  • Parrot and Dutch tulips
  • Ranunculus
  • Anemones
  • Muscari
  • Seeded Eucalyptus
  • Maiden Hair Fern
  • Geranium Leaves


  • Wooden Container
  • 2 mason jars – 4×6” high
  • Floral Scissors
  • Floral Knife
  • 4 Green Floral Water Picks – 3 ½” long

The How To’s:

  1. We are going to make two separate arrangements in the mason jars and place them in the wooden box. One arrangement will consist of hydrangeas, parrot tulips, ranunculus, geranium leaves, stems maiden hair fern and seeded eucalyptus.  The second arrangement will consist of sweet peas, hydrangea, Dutch tulips, anemones, muscari, geranium leaves, and maiden hair fern.
  1. With the floral scissors cut the stems of each flower at an angle and place them in a clean container of fresh water until you are ready to begin designing.  When cutting the stems, it is very important to remember to leave enough stem on the flower so you can experiment with the arrangement’s height.  Also, cute away excess foliage that may fall below the water level in the container.  Tip: after cutting the hydrangea stem, take your floral knife and gently scrape the stem a couple of times; this will allow the water to fully hydrate the hydrangea.

  1. Once you are ready to begin, starting arranging the flowers by placing the stems of hydrangea and geranium leaves in the vase. Next, add your additional flowers individually and adjust the length of the stems according to the height you want the arrangement to be.  To achieve the “just picked from the garden look”, arrange the flowers loosely. Tip: you will need to place the muscari in the floral water picks; you can place 3 stems in each pick.

  1. Once you have arranged the design to your liking, place each of the containers inside the wooden box.  Tip:  Depending on the size and height of your wooden box, you may need to place an old book or container in the bottom of the box to place the flower arrangements on to give them height.

  1. And here is the finished design….a beautiful “Spring Flower Box”…Enjoy!


To make your box even more personal, you can paint it and then stencil on words or you can sandpaper it for the distressed look ….just have fun with it!

Change the water in the arrangements every couple of days and give the flower stems a quick trim…these steps will extend the life of the arrangement!

  1. amya says:

    oooh! where’s that watering can from? love it!

  2. Monika says:

    Beatiful, great for spring!

  3. Gosia says:

    Yes, I’m drooling over the watering can, too. The flower box is breathtaking. Such a simple indulgence. Thanks for this awesome how-to.

  4. max says:

    Looks fantastic and seems to be quite easy to make. I wonder if I can get all the stuff needed from my local florist?

  5. Janie says:

    hi amya and gosia, the watercan is from Smith & Hawken..have a lovely day!!

  6. Amber says:

    Thanks for the tip about hydrangea stems! I love this how-to!

  7. Aaisha says:

    Totally irrelevant, but I love her outfit! The accents to her top, and necklace are simple but so beautiful.

  8. absolutely beautiful…xoxo

  9. Sandy says:

    thank you for the flower tutorial!!! i love that muscari flower, i’vbe never heard of that name before!! these arrangements are STUNNING!

  10. This arrangement is gorgeous! And thanks for useful tips!

  11. Alice says:

    Gorgeous. Great tutorial! And the photos are awesome

  12. Minie says:

    So very spring and inspiring! I love the mix of flowers and i love this technique! She was able to fill this big wooden basket without using a lot of flowers but still made it look so lush!

  13. What a wonderful tutorial! Janie made it look so easy, I feel like even I might be able to do it! I especially loved the tip on the hydrangea stems and the “flower with their name” pic. I’ve always wondered what muscari was and now I know! xoxo…anne

  14. Rocio says:

    This was a wonderful tutorial on flower arrangements. Janie makes it look so easy, but it is not!
    Janie has that special touch, that only comes from God!
    Hats off to the photographer!
    Thanks for posting it!

  15. Kathryn says:

    Janie is wonderful – thanks so much for the tutorial!

  16. Kristy R. says:

    Great tutorial Janie! This will come in handy next month when I try my hand at arranging flowers for our renewal celebration.

  17. cathie says:

    this is so helpful! i never know what those beautiful flowers are called — now i can make it myself! thanks so much for sharing :]

  18. They look really neon! And they don’t even require the fanciest flowers. It’s impressive to see how much color you could make a bouquet produce just by simply choosing the right flowers. This is perfect for a table decor.

  19. Linda says:

    Your floral arrangements are so-o-o inspiring. I always have to run right out into the garden afterward and start collecting flowers for my own arrangements. Thank you so much!

  20. karmie says:

    I love everything about this post! It is so informative, useful, timely and of course beautiful! I love Janie’s outfit and the tablecloth too! Thank you!

  21. Pam Zsori says:

    Janie – I love this! spring flowers are some of my favs and you did a fabulous job! So fresh!

  22. yay janie! *gorgeous* work! but that’s not a surprise coming from you. :) xoxo {katrina}

  23. leigh ann says:

    what a great mix! anemones are the coolest and muscari is such a beautiful non-filler filler. want it.


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