It’s Week 1, and the 5 Minute Flower Challenge starts right now! We’re SO excited you’re committing to injecting a little uplifting beauty into your home (and life!) each week for the next 5 weeks.

We want to let you know that you’re not alone in this adventure when it comes putting creativity, flowers and your own joy first, once a week! You’re part of a pretty awesome group of flowerlovers! And the Bloombox Co girls (myself, Mel and Gwen) are cheering you on, all the way. Just pop on over to the Five Minute Flower Squad to check in on the action and ask any questions you might have about the week’s project!

We know YOU gotta take care of YOU, to be at your best! But it still ain’t easy to prioritise your own happiness and not feel selfish about it. Together we’re going to face up to how important it is to regularly put your happiness first, remind and help each other along the way.

So get pumped because your flower-filled adventure has begun!

WEEK ONE CHALLENGE: Getting Back To Basics

We don’t know about you, but we love a couple of #stylehacks. And for this first workshop we’re showing you three easy steps to making a no-fail gorgeous arrangement.

We went with a rustic style arrangement this week, keeping with our Aussie Winter vibes. But you’ll make this your own, by using what you have around you. Switch out the disbuds for the last of the summer peonies, or even mini pineapples! Use palm leaves or mixed ferns for the greenery! Are you starting to see the creative possibilities? The same recipe but different ingredients means you’ll be able to make absolute magic!

It’s time for you to spread out on your kitchen table and get started! The tutorial and link are below. Get creative and post it in 5 Minute Flowers to let us know how you go (or if you get stuck).

You will need:


  • 3 or more stems of greenery (we love geranium, acacia or dusty miller)
  • 2-3 stems of a focal feature flowers – fluffy disbuds, proteas, peonies, even succulents or ornamental kale (substitute roses or carnations if you’re having trouble sourcing)
  • 7-10 of filler – leucadendrons, snapdragons, sweet pea (substitute veronica, spray roses or other)


  • Any vase or vessel you’re loving at the moment!
  • SHARP scissors or garden snips
  • Clear tape (optional)

Let’s do it!

  1. Choose an your favourite vessel for this arrangement. We love things like beautiful bowls, old teapots, or even a rescued colourful can!
    If it has a wide mouth, add a tape grid across the mouth of your vessel, taping two or three pieces of tape across the mouth vertically, and three lengthways.
  2. Prepare all of your stems before arranging, by pulling away all the excess leaves that might fall below the water line.
  3. Trim and add 3 stems of foliage, inserting the stems into the grid (or simply crossing the stems if you’re not using a tape grid). Let the lower foliage rest on the rim of the vessel, and use some pieces that are slightly taller so the look is more wild and natural.
  4. Time to add your feature flowers! Keep them low and close to the rim, and just off center to avoid that symmetrical look. Imperfect perfection is the look we’re going for – so trim at slightly different lengths so they sit at different heights.
  5. Finally tuck in your stems of filler, all around your focal flowers, filling in any gaps.

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P.S. You seem like the kind of gal that knows how to really embrace every day and make every moment beautiful, so we wanted to let you know that you can get flowers just like these delivered to your door every week! We (Phil and Mel) find the freshest, most amazing in-season flowers and send them right to you, so you can make your space and life simply beautiful. Click on your location below to find out more.


About the Author:

Philomena is the founder of Bloombox Co, occasional hatmaker and pickle aficionado. She lives in Melbourne where she works to get locally grown flowers into homes and businesses.