fill your bud vase with water. Do not fill up the neck.
Select two pieces of leather leaf, stripping the leaves off of the part of the stems that will be in the vase.
cut the leather leaf and future flowers so they are the right size for your vase. A floral knife works best.
Run fingers or a paper towel down the stems to get the brown gunk off. It will make your water dirty.
Put the pieces of leather leaf in the vase back to back.
choose three flowers, these are standard carnations, in the same color.
cut the first flower so it is just below the tip of the leather leaf.
The next flower should be in the middle of the arrangement, to the side.
Place the third flower at the bottom.
Next choose a spray type flower that goes with the colors of your first flower.
Fill it in with smaller flowers so it has good visual balance.
Now you will add baby's breath(gyp).
Fill in the arrangement with gyp so there are no big empty spaces. Make sure all the stems are touching the water.
Make a 123 bow securing it with floral wire. Stick the wire in the vase and adjust.
Now you have a simple flower arrangement for a decoration or gift!