How to Easily Create Beautiful Winter Floral Arrangements

Winter floral arrangements can add so much to your gloomy winter days. Faux or real, a bit of greenery will perk up any space.

In the winter, the weather gets colder, and we often need to bring warmth and cheer into our homes. Decorating with beautiful floral arrangements can be an easy way to do just that!

Floral arrangements are not only aesthetically pleasing but also help bring a feeling of joy, relaxation, and comfort.

With the right materials and creative mindset, anyone can quickly create stunning winter floral arrangements that will feel right at home in their living space. In this blog post, I’ll give tips on using different types of greenery and flowers to make a unique centerpiece or statement accent piece for your home.

We will also show you some amazing seasonal decorations like pinecones and dried pods that pair perfectly with these wintery centerpieces – so let’s get started!

Winter floral arrangement with green and purple

What are some of the best flowers and elements to use in winter arrangements?

You can make many different types of floral arrangements for the winter season using a variety of floral supplies. Here are a few of my favorites.

  • Fresh flowers and greenery
  • Faux flowers and greenery
  • Dried flowers
  • Pinecones and dried pods
  • Moss
  • Birch branches or any other kind of branches

What I used to create a fresh floral piece

Who doesn’t love fresh flowers in the house? I would have them all the time if I could. However, this can get expensive and time-consuming. So, I limit myself to one fresh floral arrangement every few weeks.

This week I made a beautiful winter floral arrangement using simple greenery and two types of flowers. Here is exactly what I used.

  • Micro Eucalyptus
  • Curly Willow
  • Purple Mini Cabbage
  • Purple Lisianthus

In total, I spent $28.00.

eucalyptus, green cabbage, curly willow and cast iron urn to make a winter floral arrangement
pink lisianthus flowers -Winter floral arrangement
Curly willow and fresh flowers -Winter floral arrangement

How can you make your winter floral arrangement?

  • Choose a Container
  • If you need to add a liner, keep this to hold the water
  • Choose your flowers, I was able to shop at the flower mart, but you can find fabulous flowers at the grocery store or Trader Joe’s. You could also make this same arrangement using faux flowers or dried flowers.
metal urn
metal urn with tape creating a web to hold fresh flowers.
curly willow in mental urn
  • If needed, add a small container inside your vessel. I used a small Tupperware container to hold my water as my urn is very old and could leak.
  • Using tape, create a grid to hold the flowers in place.
  • Starting with your curly willow, create the shape of the arrangement you are looking for. I wanted an east-west arrangement, so I placed my curly willow going up on the left side and down on the right side.
greenery in urn on kitchen counter- Winter floral arrangement
red cabbage florals -Winter floral arrangement
greenery and purple baby cabbage  in urn on kitchen counter-Winter floral arrangement
  • Next, I create a base of greenery using the micro eucalyptus.
  • Then add the largest flowers first. In my arrangement, it was the small purple cabbage flowers.
  • Lastly, I added the pink lisianthus and some extra greenery in the back for some height.
Winter floral arrangement on the kitchen counter.

Living in California, I am fortunate to have access to almost all flowers in the winter. Of course, the cost fluctuates depending on the availability. The typical flowers you may see for the winter season would be Amaryllis, Ilex berries, Astilbe, Paperwhites, Orchids, and Garden Roses. Most large flower markets also have hydrangeas, mums, tulips, and stock at this time of the year. You could also use fruits and vegetables in your arrangement, dried pods, and dried flowers. Several greeneries are available, including eucalyptus, pine, cedar, and smilax.

What is a faux floral arrangement?

The word faux means fake, not real. So, you will use fake flowers or greenery when creating a faux floral arrangement. I also like to use dried flowers and pods for the winter.

Create some unexpected arrangements in your home. I used this wheel barrel for my Christmas tree this year and decided to keep it in the house. I filled it with birch branches, cedar greens, Spanish moss, and faux olive trees for a cute display.

Think outside of the box when it comes to floral containers. This metal container on my fireplace hearth is a vintage ammo shell. This is a simple winter arrangement with pine greens, curly willow branches, and a few pinecones.

wooden wheel barrel with greenery, moss, birdhouse and olive tree. -Winter floral arrangement
green pines in a can on the harth- Winter floral arrangement

What are the benefits of artificial flowers?

The benefits are huge, as the faux florals last forever. I advise buying good artificial stems and plants, or they can look cheap. In these two vases, I added faux magnolia leaves, a few branches off my Crape Myrtle tree, and a sprig of pine.

Fake magnolia branches in a blue and white vase. -Winter floral arrangement
winter greens and pods in a wood vase on a table -Winter floral arrangement

Using dried flowers in lieu of real flowers

I love dried hydrangeas, and you will find that I use them all year long. I grow them in the summer and dry them in my She-shed. They are the perfect flower to add to winter decor. Sometimes they keep their color, and others bleach out over time.

Using pinecones and dried pods is another one of my favorites. I have added lotus pods to a planted basket on the family room’s coffee table.

dried hydrangeas in white ironstone vase -Winter floral arrangement
dried hydrageas in wood vase
planted basket on coffee table -Winter floral arrangement

What are some tips for making winter floral arrangements?

  • Use a variety of florals and greenery.
  • Use what you have and mix in a few new pieces.
  • Create a planted basket that will last a long time.
  • Use pods and branches to create a visual effect.
  • Look around your house, and use unusual containers to create your arrangements.

A few other suggestions

Winter arrangements don’t always have to be the traditional style. I used natural balls of twigs and moss to create a small vignette in my family room. And in my grandaughter’s bedroom, I have a basket full of birch branches. These arrangements create a visual statement and are simple and easy to do.

Moss balls in a stoneware bowl -Winter floral arrangement

Lastly, Winter is the perfect time for paper white and Amaryllis bulbs. These flowers are so fresh and smell divine. You can typically purchase these at local markets.

Paper whites -Winter floral arrangement
Amaryllis bulbs planted in a white ceramic vase

As you can see, there are many ways to create beautiful and unique winter floral arrangements for your home. I hope you enjoyed this blog post and found inspiration for decorating. Follow my blog for great ideas on making your home look its best all year round!


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  1. We don’t have Trader Joes in Maine so it is the grocery store or the expensive florist flowers! I usually use faux flowers. Your arrangment is florist-worthy; it’s gorgeous. Unfortunately, my cat would love it, too; something to be said for faux! I had one cat that LOVED baby’s breath; I could always count on chewed flowers and a spilled vase with him! Just looking at your pictures brightened my day; thanks!

    1. Thank you, Kathy. I am so glad you enjoyed the post.
      That is a familiar story, as my mom’s cats would do the same thing. She could not have any
      natural plants or flowers in the house. And with the gorgeous faux flowers they make these days, you can barely tell!
      Have a wonderful day.

  2. What a beautiful winter arrangement Wendy! I am in love with your shell arrangement. We have a WWII shell casing hanging on our wall that I recently made over with a variety of faux flowers. I love those unique finds reminiscent of the past. <3 Thank you so much for linking up to Whimsy Home Wednesday and sharing your beautiful inspiration!

  3. I really love the arrangement you made and how it flows and cascades. I can never get arrangements to look like this. All the other ones you showed to were amazing. I never have thought of making winter floral arrangements – I don’t know why but I haven’t. This is such a good idea.

    1. Thank you, Crystal. The tape really helps to keep your branches and flowers where you want them to go. Have you tried the tape?

  4. Wendy your winter arrangements are gorgeous! I love the urn you’re using and the beautiful fresh flowers. Time to go thrifting for an urn!

    1. Oh, I wish you lived closer. I have several. I would be happy to share, but they are so heavy!

  5. Great post the cabbage arrangement is absolutely stunning! You are so talented.

  6. Wendy
    This is a stunning arrangement. I wish we had access to more fresh florals in winter. Trader Joe’s is over an hour away and there’s nothing locally worth the price. Have a great day.

    1. Thank you Rachel, It is a privilege, I know. Hopefully you can at least get some decent ones at the grocery store.

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