How To Create A Baby’s Breath Flower Arrangement

How To Create A Baby’s Breath Flower Arrangement

When I was in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago, I got to tour a modern loft outfitted with furniture solely covered in Sunbrella fabrics.   The loft was beautiful, but I was especially taken by the baby’s breath flower arrangement.  The lighting is not the best in this cell phone pic, but the arrangement was really interesting in such a modern space.  And it looked good, folks.  Real good.

I know, I know, baby’s breath has gotten a bad rap.  But it can really be beautiful.

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Baby’s breath, also known as gypsophila, was introduced in the US in 1828 when gardeners from Britain introduced several of their favorite garden flowers.

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An instant hit in the States, baby’s breath became a symbol of everlasting love, innocence, and purity.  Opinion differs on how gypsophila became “baby’s breath”.  Some say it was  given the moniker because of the sweet smell, and others say the name was prescribed because of its delicate appearance.

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The arrangement in Atlanta stuck with me, so the week I returned home, I bought three bunches of baby’s breath and got to work.

These three big bunches were six dollars.

Baby’s breath is a very budget friendly option for fresh flowers because although it looks bunchy, you can spread it apart easily to make it look more full.  Even one bunch can fill a small vase easily.

When you first take a bunch of baby’s breath out of the package, it looks pretty packed.

Pulling it apart with your fingers loosens the clumpiness.

After the clusters are separated, it falls organically and makes a pretty shape.

After pulling the bunches apart, I removed a few stems, gathered the remaining stems tightly in one hand, and looked at the perimeter of the large bunch to make sure it looked pretty all the way around.  I  then set the bouquet in a vase.

You can cut the offshoots off the two or three stems you did not place in the vase and use them to fill in as needed.  This helps the arrangement look more wild and less manicured.  (which I think looks better)

Baby’s breath is very malleable so you can easily shape the bouquet to your predilection.  It also lasts a long time (and even longer if you replace the water every couple of days)and blends easily with all types of looks and decor.

I’m loving it on my acrylic coffee table!

If you missed the DIY tutorial for the iron shelves you see in the background in the above photo, you can find it here.

So what do you think?  Can you get over what you previously thought of as “cheap bouquet filler” and look at baby’s breath as a flower that makes a pretty bouquet?

P.S.  I just wanted to let you know I will be having surgery this afternoon.  I would so appreciate your thoughts and prayers, especially for my sweet family as they deal with me recovering for a bit.  I already have posts planned, but in case you send me an email or a message, and I don’t respond right away, that is why.  Thank you so much for your support!  xo

Written by Grace


  • Chrissy
    Posted at 08:50h, 11 March Reply

    Ok, so you’ve changed my thoughts on baby’s breath! The examples you showed look fantastic. So sorry you are having surgery again! Im worried about YOU! Take care and take your time to recover! Don’t worry about us!!

    • Grace
      Posted at 09:33h, 11 March Reply

      Chrissy, I’m so glad! It does look great, right? It reminds me of a wild, spring bouquet. I’m really loving the vibe it brings to a space.

      Thank you so much for the well wishes! xo

  • Shelley
    Posted at 08:59h, 11 March Reply

    I will praying for skill for the doctors and that you will have a speedy recovery. Take your time and let the fam wait on you!!

    • Grace
      Posted at 09:34h, 11 March Reply

      Shelley, thank you so much! I don’t think they will have much of a choice for awhile, ha! Thank you for taking the time to comment. G

  • Susan Lee
    Posted at 09:26h, 11 March Reply

    Prayers for you and yous.

    • Grace
      Posted at 09:34h, 11 March Reply

      Hi Susan, I so appreciate it. Thank you so much! G

  • Chloe
    Posted at 09:38h, 11 March Reply

    What a great post!! Love it!

    • Grace
      Posted at 12:41h, 04 April Reply

      Thank you, Chloe! Love your blog!

  • Chloe
    Posted at 09:39h, 11 March Reply

    P.S. Sending you good vibes!!!

  • Chrissy
    Posted at 22:51h, 11 March Reply

    really lovely! I’m going to have to try this. Prayers for you & yours & a speedy recovery! everyone will be happy to see you back when you are healthy & up for it 🙂

    • Grace
      Posted at 12:42h, 04 April Reply

      Chrissy, thank you so much! xo, G

  • Melissa Clark
    Posted at 23:42h, 11 March Reply

    Love your blog! Baby’s breath is gorgeous! Good luck in surgery! Praying for a speedy recovery for you!

    • Grace
      Posted at 12:42h, 04 April Reply

      Thank you, Melissa!

  • Lisa Trigsted
    Posted at 08:45h, 12 March Reply

    Praying for your surgery and family during recovery! Oh, and I adore baby’s breath! Beautiful!

    • Grace
      Posted at 12:43h, 04 April Reply

      Lisa, I know, and it has kind of gotten a bad name, hasn’t it? I think it is making a turnaround. Perhaps like carnations?

  • Esther
    Posted at 07:33h, 15 March Reply

    My sister, Katie, had baby’s breath arrangements for her wedding. It was beautiful.

    • Grace
      Posted at 12:43h, 04 April Reply

      Esther, seeing your comment made me smile. 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to do that. I didn’t know that about Katie, I’m sure it was so lovely! Show me a photo when we see each other next! xo

  • Nina
    Posted at 18:22h, 20 March Reply

    We had huge arrangements and wreaths like this at my wedding! So pretty….hope you’re feeling okay. Prayers for your healing

    • Grace
      Posted at 12:44h, 04 April Reply

      Nina, you are so stylish, I love it! Thank you so much for the well wishes. xo

  • Diane
    Posted at 04:23h, 24 March Reply

    Miss you! Hope you are recovering quickly!

    • Grace
      Posted at 12:44h, 04 April Reply

      Hi Diane, miss you, too. 🙂 I should be back on a regular 5 day posting schedule next week. xo, G

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