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


21 Responses to “How To Create A Baby’s Breath Flower Arrangement”

  1. Chrissy March 11, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    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 March 11, 2014 at 9:33 am #

      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

  2. Shelley March 11, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    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 March 11, 2014 at 9:34 am #

      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

  3. Susan Lee March 11, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    Prayers for you and yous.

    • Grace March 11, 2014 at 9:34 am #

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

  4. Chloe March 11, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    What a great post!! Love it!

    • Grace April 4, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

      Thank you, Chloe! Love your blog!

  5. Chloe March 11, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    P.S. Sending you good vibes!!!

  6. Chrissy March 11, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

    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 April 4, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

      Chrissy, thank you so much! xo, G

  7. Melissa Clark March 11, 2014 at 11:42 pm #

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

    • Grace April 4, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

      Thank you, Melissa!

  8. Lisa Trigsted March 12, 2014 at 8:45 am #

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

    • Grace April 4, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

      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?

  9. Esther March 15, 2014 at 7:33 am #

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

    • Grace April 4, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

      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

  10. Nina March 20, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

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

    • Grace April 4, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

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

  11. Diane March 24, 2014 at 4:23 am #

    Miss you! Hope you are recovering quickly!

    • Grace April 4, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

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

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