You know I love me some flowers. That’s why today we’re talking about modern flower arrangements you can DIY for spring and / or Easter!

With a few floral projects in mind, earlier this week I went shopping. I found gorgeous spring flowers in Pittsburgh where I live: tulips, hyacinths, ranunculus, and hydrangeas the size of my head. Into my cart, all of them went.

I haven’t had any formal floral design training (except for a flower arranging class in college), but I have picked up a few tricks and ideas here and there that might interest you.

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Let’s get to it!

Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring: Tulips

If you follow IBC on Instagram, then you’ve probably had a peek at this first idea for creating modern flower arrangements. The inspiration for this guy came from a vase I found at HomeGoods. In my book, the marble base and a big glass hurricane make it a stunner.

Styling a #spring #tulip #flower #arrangement - DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring

Side note: When I’m shopping at places like HomeGoods and find something unique that I wasn’t looking for but “need” to have, I try to think about 3-4 ways or places I can use the item. These vases were a perfect example. (I used the plural because I bought this one and its big sister.) Not only did I picture them as flower vases, but I also figured they could hold candles. In addition, I imagined them in the center of my dining table or on my coffee table. Finally, I thought they would work as the vessel for a cool terrarium. Sold!

Anywho, for this arrangement, I decided to do something simple but bold. I filled the vase with 48 or so tulips. Just tulips. (I found a couple large packs.)

Styling a #spring #tulip #flower #arrangement - DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring

Styling a #spring #tulip #flower #arrangement - DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring

For tulips, I like to tear off a couple leaves, wash the stems (They tend to be dirty), and then tuck them into the vase. Tulips like to do their own thing, so I embrace their awkwardness. After a couple days, I typically go back and remove a few more leaves and change the water. This tulip arrangement lasted a little more than a week. If you want your tulips to be perkier, toss a penny into the water.

Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring: ONE AND DONE

As you saw in the last example, sticking with one type of flower is an easy way to design an arrangement. I did the same thing last  in my bedroom makeover post. There I used a modern vase and filled it with mini hydrangeas. That was it.

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With any flower arrangement, you will want to remove any leaves below the water line and recut the stems before placing them in your vase. To get the longest life out of your blooms, I also recommend changing the water every couple of days.

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Arrangements like this are ideal when you want to make a simple but bold statement. They’re not fussy, and the neutral palette looks great in any room.

Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring: MONOCHROMATIC

Speaking of hydrangeas, I found these massive purple hydrangea blooms on my flower hunting adventure. This vase contains only two of them, but each one is the size of my head.

How to: Styling a #hydrangea #flower #arrangement - DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring

While these hydrangeas would have looked gorgeous on their own, I wanted to play off the purple, so I added a few stems of freesia to create a monochromatic arrangement.

The colors work together nicely, and the size and style of the blooms complement each other. Putting the different blooms together makes it look a bit more intentional, interesting, and stylish.

How to: Styling a #hydrangea #flower #arrangement - DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring

How to: Styling a #hydrangea #flower #arrangement - DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring

Also, I find it easiest to work with vases with a smaller opening at the top. It helps to keep the stems in place and standing up straight.

Here is another example of a monochromatic look, but done in a different way. This was the centerpiece for my Easter table. (You can see more of this table here.)

Creative and Colorful Easter Decorations for Your Dining Room #easter #decor #decorations #spring #entertaining #diningroom #tablescape

Creative and Colorful Easter Decorations for Your Dining Room #easter #decor #decorations #spring #entertaining #diningroom #tablescape

Here, I used three white pitchers and filled each one with a different flower. While the colors vary slightly, all the hues are similar and work well together.

Creative and Colorful Easter Decorations for Your Dining Room #easter #decor #decorations #spring #entertaining #diningroom #tablescape

I think it turned out beautifully. I love the bold pop of color.

Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring: BULBS

Because it’s spring, you’re going to see a lot of blooms that come from bulbs. (For example, tulips, hyacinth, daffodils, and lilies) In stores, you’ll even see these flowers being sold as potted plants or blooming bulbs.

Decorating with #daffodil #bulbs for #spring. DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring

I saw these potted mini daffodils and thought they would look delightful in an Easter tablescape I was working on. They came in a plastic pot, so I transferred them to a white-footed bowl I had on hand. It took minutes and instantly made this $3.99 plant feel special and rich.

Decorating with #daffodil #bulbs for #spring. DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring

Decorating with #daffodil #bulbs for #spring. DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring

When buying tulips as planted bulbs, I prefer getting ones with lots of unopened blooms. Watching the blooms open gives you more bang for your buck. Potted tulips with unopened blooms will also last a lot longer than those with all their blooms open.

Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring: MINI BOUQUETS

Last but not least are mini bouquets. If you’ve been following Inspired by Charm for some time, you know these are my go-to. Why? Because they are the easiest and they look good every single time and in any location.

How to style #mini #flower #bouquets. DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring.

How to style #mini #flower #bouquets. DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring.

The key with these is to use a small vase with a small opening and just pack it with flowers. It basically arranges itself. You can use all the same flowers or a mixed bouquet. One tip is to make the overall flower arrangement the same size as the vase or just a bit larger.

This idea is best for when you need quite a bit of floral decor, but don’t have a big flower budget. Instead of lumping everything together in one vase, you can divide the flowers into 3 or 4 smaller arrangements you can spread all over your house.

How to style #mini #flower #bouquets. DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring.

How to style #mini #flower #bouquets. DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring.

I especially like this idea for creating a line of 3 or 5 vases down a table. It’s also an easy way to add a little life and freshness to your bathroom or dress up a bookcase or side tables in your living room.

Where I shop for Flowers:

Now that I’m in the city I have many options. Based on price, my favorite place to buy flowers is Trader Joes. For uniqueness and variety, Whole Foods is the winner. (They are usually a little more expensive than Trader Joes.)

A final resource would be your favorite gourmet grocery store. Around here we have Giant Eagle Market District and Wegmans. These places do charge top dollar.

My favorite sources to get bouquets online are The Bouqs and Farmgirl Flowers. However, they tend to be extremely overpriced.

Bonus Idea: Plant a Terrarium

…or anything for that matter. I know that a plant is different from a fresh flower arrangement, but they essentially serve the same purpose. I also like plants because they last longer. I’m talking years if you have a green thumb.

How to make a #terrarium in a jar! DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring

How to make a #terrarium in a jar! DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring

I recently took a class at a local plant shop (Farm & Forest) and created my own terrarium. But you don’t need a class to plant something fun and special. Nowadays you can buy them at the store. Check out this beauty I picked up at Whole Foods.

How to make a #terrarium in a jar! DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring

You can use plants just as you would flower arrangements. They can add life to a side table, function as a centerpiece for Easter, or bring a splash of color to your kitchen island.

How to make a #terrarium in a jar! DIY Modern Flower Arrangements for Spring

If you’re looking for a terrarium tutorial, I have one of those too! Check out this beauty…

Learn how to make a terrarium! #terrarium #plants #diy #garden

Learn how to make a terrarium! #terrarium #plants #diy #garden

You can grab the full tutorial on how I put together this terrarium HERE.

So whether you planting something or simply adding fresh blooms to a vase, do what works for you to create beautiful modern flower arrangements that will make you smile.

I hope you found a few of my tips and ideas helpful. Happy Spring!

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  • Sharon at

    These are all stunning and yet look very easy to do!

    I will be trying some.

  • Jen at

    Just beautiful!!! You did a wonderful job arranging all of these!

  • Patty at

    A tip to keep hydrangeas looking good for weeks, every couple of days change the water AND snip about a half inch off the stem and dip them in alum. You’ll find alum in the spice/herb section of the grocery. I think it’s used in pickling.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Love this tip, Patty! Thanks so much for sharing!!

      xo Michael

      • Roxanne at

        Patty is right…the alum tip really works! I live in South Carolina and have been bringing in huge armfuls of daffodils, azaleas, snowball (similar blooms to hydrangeas) roses, etc. it has been heavenly, and I’m a little sad things are on the wane now. Thank goodness the kitties have not been to interested! Your arrangements are all very beautiful and inspirational, Michael.

  • Cindy B at

    I like buying flowers at Costco – they’re sustainably sourced, and seem to last a long time. Questions: How do you keep cut hydrangeas fresh? I mist mine daily, a tip someone gave me, and it helps but they still seem to wilt in 3-4 days. And Pittsburgh has a Wegmans? Finally, have you been to Madeleine Bakery in Regent Square? I think you’d like it!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      If you search there are tips for keeping them fresh (soaking in water, recutting the stems in boiling water, etc.) I’m not exactly sure of what works best. Pittsburgh doesn’t have a Wegmans, I was just providing some ideas.

      And no, I’ll be sure to check it out. Thank you!

      xo Michael

  • Whitney at

    I’m a florist and I love any content that encourages people to have more flowers in their life! You are lucky to live in a region with a lot of wonderful flower farms. Buying local flowers from the farmers will give you an even greater vase life because you are getting the freshest product. Check out SLOW flowers or Floret Flowers for a list of nearby farms.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Excellent! I really appreciate this list. In the summer I’m part of a weekly flower CSA and it’s the best! The flowers seem to last forever.

      Thanks! xo Michael

      • Phyllis at

        Michael Wurm, Jr
        Would you tell me what is a weekly flower CSA?
        I live in Georgia and would enjoy being part of one.
        Thank you for your help,

        • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

          A flower CSA is just like a vegetable CSA. Basically a local flower farmer provides a bouquet every week. You buy in at the beginning of the season and pick-up your bouquet every week on a set date / time.

          xo Michael

  • Linda at

    OK! Want to have your tulips sitting smart and upright and not drooping?
    Secret is to take a straight pin and prick the stem just at the base of the tulip flower. This will not hurt the bloom and it will allow your tulips to sit upright and not droop…. IF THAT IS THE LOOK THAT YOU WANT. Try it.
    SO WANTING SPRING after (for us) a long cold winter. Warm weather has arrived in Vancouver British Columbia,Canada and the flowers are just spectacular medicine to wash away the winter blahs.

  • Lynne Beattie at

    Love this post! Such beautiful, minimal ideas. Seems like so many “decorator” bloggers think they have to put everything they own on display! Don’t seem to know “less is more”! So glad I found your site. Love all of your recipes too!! Can’t wait to see your finished kitchen!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Lynne, thank you so much! Everyone has a different style, but I understand what you mean. I’m glad you like and appreciate what I share here. Thanks again!

      xo Michael

  • john at

    great content but your site is so annoying. i came from a google search but when i arrived i had to close 4 pop ups. 1 was a video pop up there was some other pop up on the bottom and two on top. think about it. people dont want to be annoyed with all of that. theyre coming to a site for a specific reason. if they want to subscribe theyll subscribe if they want to like or share or watch videos on your site they will your content is good enough to keep people around with out forcefeeding them with a feeder tube down their throat. It makes people not want to come to a site because its a hassle.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you for your feedback, John. It’s honestly a tough balance. If you are brand new to the site the GDRP/Cookies Pop-up (required by law) and mailing list Pop-up will be visible. However, once you close out of them you won’t see them again.

      The video and ad (at the bottom of the page) are there to help keep this site alive. I’m able to share hundreds of recipes and ideas to you and thousands of others for absolutely no charge. I hope you don’t mind a few momentary taps for access to all of my content.

      Thank you again!

  • Lauren at

    I tried your Cottontail Martinis for Easter. They were a huge hit, delicious and so festive, Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed them!! Cheers.

      xo Michael

  • Christensen at

    You did an excellent job for these flower arrangements. I can say that they are really modern, unique but very classy. I am an aspiring florist for a year now and I am motivated seeing these lovely flower arrangements. Thank you so much for sharing it. Looking forward to another great post! Cheers

  • Carol at

    A tip on buying roses is to make sure the rose is very firm before you buy them. Mine usually last a good 2 weeks. I get my roses at Aldi for $3.99 for 6 and they are just beautiful I also take my own vase to HyVee and get a nice arrangement for about $16. This is much less than a florist.

    I will be glad when we can go back to Home Goods and shop again. My list is getting long

  • Sylvana at

    I just found your site and I love it! A tip my florist friend told me was when changing the water to use warm water, not cold or hot. This works wonders with my hydrangeas and they will last me for min two weeks if I change the water every 2-3 days. I get them primarily at TJs. What are the little tiny purple flowers called, love them!

  • Helen at

    I love, love , love this post!!! I, too, am a plant person and your tips are on point. I have to try a terrarium! Your ideas for a variety of flowers is very helpful. Please keep the posts coming and be safe.

  • Ivory at

    You are a man after my heart, and you just captured it with these lovely arrangements. I love these ideas, and the different ways you arranged them. I will be stealing each one of them. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Please stay safe and healthy.

  • sue kubecka at

    Now, here in Texas, red amaryllis are in bloom; they’re so very beautiful and unlike the pink that bloom in Monterey County, CA in August. How do I fix them properly? Have lots of beautiful cut glass, also some old while porcelain.
    Interesting you say you’re from Pgh, lived there many yrs ago while my husband built Mellon Bank & 3 rivers’ stadium! Enjoyed it, loved the people, hated the potholes!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hmmm. I can’t say I have much experience with amaryllis. They are usually a holiday flower up here. The bulbs are typically potted and grown in a container.

      And yes – the potholes are not fun. I think they’ve gotten worse too! Ack!

      xo Michael

  • Nancy at

    Beautiful arrangements and great tips, Michael! Have you tried Hellebores (a.k.a. Lenten Rose)? The cut flowers last for weeks and the blooms are stunning. Easy to grow in partial shade and deer don’t touch them!

  • Louise Passacantilli at

    I am on week 6 of being home I never would have found your website
    If I was still working. I love your ideas and how you make them workable
    For the regular person. I need to do my guest room over how do you begin?
    Looking forward to your next subject!

    Thank you,Louise

  • Emily at

    It’s surprising that you are not a professional florist yet came up with these amazing flower arrangement ideas! Thanks Michael, for sharing this informative post.

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