Interested in learning how to arrange flowers like a professional florist? Well you’re in luck! With our gridded vase trick, you can make your own arrangement with these simple and easy-to-follow steps. Creating an arrangement like a professional florist can be done simply by using an aid, such as a gridding tool. By using ¼” stretchable clear waterproof tape (obtained at any craft or florists’ supplier) you can create an attractive arrangement.

vase with grid

1. The first step is to stretch tape across the mouth of the vase, one to the left of center, one to the right of center. Add two more strips crossing the existing strips to make a sort of tic-tac-toe board. You now have a square in the middle. When placing strips, adhere the first side; before securing the other side, pull tape so it is taut. How many strips you will use depends on the size of the vase opening as well as the thickness of the stems.

2. When the grid is finished, you will have tape going north and south – east and west. At this point, tape around the top of the vase, stretching as you go, to prevent the grid from falling into the vase.

grid guide for flowers

3. Add water and start creating.

4. The height is up to you; it can be anywhere from ½ the height of the vase to twice its height; depending on your personal taste. If you start tall, you can always come down, not the reverse. Insert one flower in the center of the grid. Place a grouping of 4 or 5 flowers around the center, but lower. The next grouping should be lower than the first, and at an angle.

5. Then the greens go around the outside.  Finish by adding water if desired.

pink and yellow flower arrangement

 You did it!


With over 60 years of floral industry experience, Jerry Rosalia was born with a green thumb. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Jerry is a third generation florist, and has been with for 31 years. With a smile on his face, Jerry lends his floral expertise to florists around the country through Bloomnet, 1800Flowers' floral wire network, in addition to writing for Petal Talk. In his spare time Jerry enjoys spending time with his family, being an Usher at his church, as well as eating out, bowling, gardening, and watching sports.

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