You know when you look through those glossy home/ DIY magazines and on every surface is a beautiful overflowing flower arrangement?
Well, here’s the problem with this concept. Flowers are stupid expensive. I can’t afford $10-a-stem peonies for my powder room or imported zinnias for my foyer. But they’re so SO pretty aren’t they?!
Guess how you can get beautiful arrangements on the cheap? The grocery store. Most big chain markets have a floral section and believe it or not, beautiful arrangement can be made from amongst the blue carnations and glittered daisies.
Step 1. Ignore the prearranged flowers. Walk right by them. Don’t look at anything with a mylar balloon or blue tint.
Step 2. Plan your color scheme. For these arrangements, I grabbed muted colors: pale pinks, whites and then a few little pops of green.
Step 3. Choose your vase. I usually start with a few options and then see how things are shaping up.
See how this vase is much wider at the opening? When I started to put the flowers in, they were sagging apart too much.. I needed something with a smaller neck so that the arrangement would appear thicker.
Step 4. Trim your stems. Use a sharp pair of scissors and trim gradually. You can always make a stem shorter, but if you cut too much off… well whomp whomp. Once you settle on the right height, make sure to remove all the leaves that will fall below the water line… mucky water=dead flowers.
Step 5. Have fun and play around! There’s no magic. I like to have a variety of heights. I also like to have one or two unexpected ‘flowers’… these green berries are perfect. (There’s a technical term for them, but I forgot that name a few days ago.)
I started with these flowers in the smaller vase and it seemed too tall… when I transferred them to the smaller vase, they were a little too loose. A quick trim, and a much better proportion!
Step 6. If you have any flowers that you wish were more open (like these lilies), you can help them along by using warm water in the vase. (Warm… not hot. Important detail.)
I spent maybe $30 on all these flowers and got 2 killer arrangements out of them. Sure.. it’s still not something that I’d do every week… but it’s a lot easier to have lovely fresh flowers around your house than you might think!
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