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How to Arrange Tulips Inside a Tall Vase

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Modern Flower Arrangement with Tulips

How to arrange tulips inside a tall vase. Have you seen those beautiful tall vases filled to the top with pretty tulips. Spring flowers, tulips, daffodils, lilies and cherry blossom make my heart smile with thoughts of Spring. When Spring finally arrives in Canada I am so excited to see tulips, I typically drive our local florists crazy phoning to see if they are in yet.

DIY simple tulip arrangement in a tall vase. How to make a

There are all kinds of pretty ways to arrange tulips, so I hope you enjoy trying a new Spring tulip arrangement.  This tulip arrangement is a bit more dramatic than simply placing tulips in a vase and its really easy to do.

Arranging tulips in a tall vase only has a few simple steps. Let me show you how.

Supplies for a DIY Tulip centerpiece, including a tall vase, flowers and pretty rocks for filler.

How to Arrange Tulips Supplies

To make this DIY tulip arrangement you will need:

Package of tulips

Tall vase


Rocks or other vase filler

Measuring tape or ruler.

Scissors, sharp knife

Place a couple inches of rock in the bottom of the vase. 

Then measure from the top of the rocks to the rim of the vase.  My vase is 14 inches tall, but after adding the rocks the distance to the rim is 11.5 inches.

Once the measurement is marked down, add two or three inches of water to the vase along with flower preserver if you have any.

How to Arrange Tulips Instructions

How to cut and stagger tulips for a DIY tulip arrangement.

Arrange your flower along side the ruler. Start with three tall tulips to the back right. Then two medium length tulips to the left and then two short tulips to the front right.

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Once you have your flowers arranged. Gather the tulip stems together, wrap with an elastic and trim the bottom off evenly, using a sharp knife or sheers..  Some tulips stems will be 11 inches long while others may be only four inches that’s fine.  Just make sure you cut the bottom evenly across and that all the tulips are shorter than the vase. Remove the elastic.

You need the tulips to be distinctly visible inside the tall vase, to do this remove about 1/3 of the leaves.   Visually check to see if the tulip blossoms stand out, if not remove some more leaves.

ArrangingTulips in the Vase

Start with the tallest tulips, place them on the right-hand side at the back of the vase.

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Then do the shortest stemmed flowers placing them right side at the front.

A DIY tulip arrangement in a tall vase. How to make a simple and modern tulip arrangement.

Now finish the centerpiece by placing the medium flowers on the left-hand side. You may disturb some of the petals of the other flowers putting them in.  If this happens, use a chopstick or a fork and rearrange the pedals back into place.

It really is quite simple to do.

Drooping Tulips

Yes there are ways to prevent our tulips from drooping and other ways to try and refresh them. I think the main reason grocery store tulips droop is we don’t know exactly how old they are, or how they were kept and transported. Arranging the Spring tulips in a tall vase is a great way to give drooping tulips extra support. Just don’t try it with old drooping tulips those blossoms are very delicate to handle while placing inside the vase.

Steps for creating a modern tulip arrangement for Spring. One shows supplies. then how to trim and finally the finishing tulip centerpiece.

Other Related Tulip Posts

Fresh grocery store tulips still wrapped sitting in a sink, before being trimmed and placed in a vase.

How to Make Cut Tulips Last

A few simple steps to make your tulips last longer. They are such a fantastic part of Spring we all want the tulips to last as long as possible

An adorable Easter Bunny tulip arrangement for Spring.

Bunny Vase Spring Flowers

A pretty DIY Bunny Vase craft filled with pretty white tulips for spring. All you need is white tulips, an old vase and a dollar store accessory.

I will certainly be purchasing several more bouquets of fresh flowers before Spring,  It really brightens the mood in the house.

Enjoy your week!


  1. Kerryanne says:

    Leanna, I love this tall vase arrangement and have never tried one before. I’m putting it on my list of must do’s!
    Thank you for sharing this project at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring it at the party tonight and pinning too.

  2. Janet Trieschman says:

    Such a pretty idea, Thanks for sharing it with us at Creatively Crafty Link Party. I can’t wait to try it.

  3. Mother of 3 says:

    Such a simple and beautiful arrangement. I just LOVE tulips so much. Pinned.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Tulips are so joyous, I love the first signs of Spring. With Easter and Spring cleaning happening it’s nice to have a little treat for yourself that you can do quickly and without too much fuss. Thank you for taking the time to comment, with three children you have to be a busy lady.

  4. I just love tulips and your tall vase arrangement is very pretty. I need to go shopping now for my own house. Such a pretty way to welcome spring. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I love tulips as well, I think they give us all hope that yes things will be alive and growing soon. It’s so nice when you see them back in the stores again.

  5. That’s genius Leanna, the perfect solution to droopy tulips. Flowers arranging is not really my thing so ideas like this are SO helpful.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Glad to hear it Julie. It’s nice to put out different vases as well, and this way we can use a tall vase without needing a really large floral arrangement. Thank you for the feedback.

  6. Another awesome tulip arrangement idea, Leanna. I love how unique this arrangement is and I have several tall vases. Pinned to refer to your tutorial because this one is definitely going on my dining table for Spring!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      That really makes me smile Marie. They really do look so nice with the light shining through. I think they are a little more protected with munchkins enjoying Grandmas as well.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you very much Debra. Tulips are a sure sign Spring will eventually arrive so I treat myself every year. Have a great weekend.

  7. LeannaForsythe says:

    Thank you Milena. Tulips are such a welcome sight when they arrive in the stores. I love them and it was fun to create some new arrangements. I want to do one in a smaller jar where the wrap the outside with the leaves and place the tulip in the middle.

  8. Your tutorial is super helpful to me, Leanna. I love tulips and they always end up leaning sideways from the vase, this is a gorgeous way to present them and enjoy them for a few days longer. Really elegant.

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