i love a low, compact arrangement. they're great for dining tables, or anywhere that you don't want to block the view. these arrangements work well in a large, shallow bowl, and i especially love the look of a footed bowl.
i found this silver plated one at a vintage store, and you can find similar ones on ebay or etsy, but any footed bowl will work. other than the bowl, pretty much all you really need is some clippers and some clear waterproof tape. since it's peony season (my favorite time of year!) i decided to use these gorgeous semi-double peonies, but you could also use hydrangeas or another type of flower with a rounded shape.
i started by making a grid on the top of the bowl. i kept mine pretty tight, like about 1/2 inch squares. then i filled the bowl, about 3/4 full, with a watering can.
i removed most of the leaves from the flowers, just leaving the ones at the very tops of the stems.
i cut the stems of the flowers so that they were just long enough to lay on the rim of the bowl.
and there you have it! a great and easy way to display your flowers on a dining table, coffee table, etc.