Floral How-To | January’s Bowl Bouquet

How to use a compote bowl and fill with flowers…

A few weeks ago I shared in my mid-week newsletter that this compote bowl had caught my eye and I was itching to order it! A few days later, after not being able to stop thinking about it, I did it and I’m so glad I did! I was ready for a new floral challenge and this was just the thing.

A total side note, (but I think it’s worth mentioning!) the vase arrived SO well packaged and wrapped. I get kind of nervous about these types of things and I was pleasantly surprised!

Anyway, all of that to say this felt like a fun new challenge!

I picked up a few flowers at our local flower shop, Orlando Flower Market, and went in kind of blind. I really didn’t have a real vision or an idea of what it was going to look like… I just wanted to play, and that’s exactly what I did.

Throughout the process I did learn a few things and I do think I need a better water vessel for the inside of the bowl, but overall I’m really happy with it! Feels charming, don’t you think?!

What I Bought From Orlando Flower Market

pink roses


garden tulips


Floral Arrangement How-To
Step 1: Water first.

This vase won’t hold water, so I needed something that had a low enough profile, but would be large enough to really hold water. So naturally I used pyrex! Then I added in some chicken wire we had in the garage and hoped for the best! It totally worked, but I may do something different next time.

Step 2: Add greenery.

My main concern was being able to see into the bowl, so the Dianthus really helped create a base and hide everything inside. I think green moss would have worked too!

Step 3: Add in largest flower.

I fell in love with these garden tulips and thought it would be fun to flip the tulip petals inside out. It totally worked and they made the statement I was looking for.

Step 4: Add accent flower.

You knoooow I couldn’t pass up these daisies! How fun and I can’t get enough… seriously so quirky.

Step 3: More accent flowers!

Next up I added in another round of accent flowers! For some reason my I can’t remeber the name of these and I’ve been looking everywhere. So if you know it let me know!

Step 4: Add large filler flowers.

This was the one thing I was worried about… not having enough flowers for a piece this size, and I should have subbed out one of the smaller flowers for a larger flower… BUT I had some roses in another arrangement so I just snipped a few and added them in. I think it totally worked!

Honestly, I love it. So perfectly imperfect and I can’t wait to practice again with another arrangement. There are so many possibilities with this vase!

I love sharing these tips on how to arrange flowers, and I hope it gets your creative ideas flowing. If it does, I’d LOVE to see what you come up with! Make sure to tag me on Instagram so I can re-share.

Happy arranging, friends! xx


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  1. Hi Ashley,

    Those accent flowers you can’t remember the name of look like Lisianthus, one of my favourites! Beautiful arrangement.

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