I have a confession: I cannot keep flowers alive. It seems all I have to do is glance their way and a petal will drop to the floor. What’s more frustrating, I adore plants and flowers, but lack the learned talent of keeping them blooming with life. The green thumb in my family must have skipped a generation.

This problem led me to discover (quite by accident) a fun project that could immortalize any beautiful bouquet bound to wilt on my coffee table.

A Springtime Tutorial: Floral Collage | Darling Magazine

What You’ll Need
– Camera
– Flat Surface (table/poster board/wood/etc.)
– Flowers
– Glue or Tape (optional)
– Florists Wire (optional)

Step One
Find a flat surface for arranging your flower collage on. Try to pick a surface that is clean, a smooth texture, and a nice color (I used a white IKEA table).

Step Two
Take your chosen flowers and arrange them on the surface. You will be photographing them from above, so keep that in mind while you design your look. You can spell words, create shapes and devise patterns with the flowers. If the flowers don’t want to stay where you put them, feel free to glue or tape them in place. Always make sure that whatever you use to reinforce your designs are hidden underneath the flowers and not visible on camera.

A Springtime Tutorial: Floral Collage | Darling Magazine

Step Three
Standing over your floral designs, photograph them from above. Play with composition and what part of your design you want to be the focus. It may take several shots to get the right one, so don’t be afraid to take many pictures.

A Springtime Tutorial: Floral Collage | Darling Magazine

A Springtime Tutorial: Floral Collage | Darling Magazine

Step Four
Choose your favorite shots and have them printed. The pictures can then be used for cards, calendars, or framed for use in your home. I recently added some whimsy to my apartment by framing my floral collages. It gave my living space the perfect pops of color for spring.

A Springtime Tutorial: Floral Collage | Darling Magazine

I hope you enjoyed learning how to preserve your favorite bouquets. Here’s to keeping the freshness of spring flowers alive year round!

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  1. Love this beautiful idea! I have a similar effect on foliage. Can’t wait to try this out =]

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