Whether you have a home or are still in the market for a house, it’s no secret that fresh-cut flowers can be used to brighten up a space, but they can be so expensive. I’d love to have a gorgeous floral arrangement on my table at all times, but who has $50-$100 a week to spend on one? Not this girl.
Luckily, you don’t have to shell out a lot of money for beautiful centerpieces. You can create your own arrangement with flowers from your local grocery store!
Think it’s too complicated? You don’t have a good eye for things like that? Don’t worry – I spent the afternoon with Richelle Stewart of Pots Floral and she shared some tips to help you get started.
What to Buy
Stewart and I went to Trader Joe’s to pick out flowers for our centerpiece, but you can go to any grocery store or market near you that sells flowers.
When we walked, in there were dozens of beautiful options to choose from, and I wanted them all.
Thankfully, Stewart knew where to start – with the greens.
I love eucalyptus, and Trader Joe’s had a lot of it! We also bought some other small fillers like baby’s breath.
Then we picked the blooms.
“Select flowers that are slightly closed if you want them to last longer,” suggests Stewart.
She also suggests getting several kinds of focal point flowers, “You don’t want to have all the same kind, or you won’t get much shape or variety to your arrangement.”
We chose carnations, tulips and a stem of orchids.
Prepping for the Arrangement
To get the flowers ready, you should start by trimming the ends. Stewart says the flowers absorb water best with freshly cut stems. You don’t need to trim too much, as you’ll be cutting them to varying heights while you’re arranging; all you need is about an inch or so off of the bottom.
Next, it’s time to remove the leaves from the flower stems. This makes it easy to arrange the flowers and keeps them from getting tangled in the leaves.
When choosing your vase, pick something with a larger mouth. This will allow for more movement and variety in your arrangement. Stewart prefers to arrange by hand, and advises playing with different ideas until you find the one you like, but she suggests using floral foam or creating a grid with tape at the top of the vase if you aren’t comfortable going freehand.
Begin your arrangement by layering in the greens first and then the other fillers. This creates a base for the arrangement that the flowers will sit on.
If you’re not sure how tall to cut the stems, a good trick is holding them up to the vase and trimming them that way.
Stewart suggests varying the heights of the stems to create more interest.
Get creative here; it’s okay to try new things when arranging the flowers. If you don’t like how they look, you can always rearrange them.
Caring for Your Arrangement
Now that you’ve got your arrangement looking they way you want it, it’s time to display it.
“Change the water every other day for a longer lasting arrangement,” says Stewart.
It’s that simple! We created this piece and only spent $17, and we had plenty leftover for another arrangement (or two).
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