Anyone who knows me is aware that I’m a bit of a flower freak. There always has to be fresh flowers in the house and come summertime I just keep planting flowers wherever I can find a bare spot. Flowers don’t come cheap so I’m always looking for economical ways to bring fresh flowers into the home and I think I’ve now got this down to a science! Arranging flowers yourself is so much cheaper than buying elaborate arrangements from the professionals. A few simple tips for arranging flowers makes the process easy to do yourself!
For store bought flowers, look for bunches that are on sale at your local grocery store. This batch of beautiful roses was under $10. I grabbed one of my white ironstone pitchers and filled it half way with lukewarm water and the floral powder to make them last. Cut the stems on the diagonal at a length so the flower is just above the rim of your vase or pitcher.
Avoid buying roses around Valentine’s Day as their price tends to skyrocket. Opt for carnations like you see in the bigger pitcher here, which can look easily as pretty as roses … and they have a great fragrance, too.
A casual grouping of carnations in a blue mason jar is an easy way of arranging flowers. I simply cut their stems at slightly different lengths, placing the taller flowers in the center and the shorter ones on the outsides. Tuck baby’s breath into the bare areas for added interest.
Speaking of Baby’s Breath, I love tucking bunches of them in Mason Jars or simple pitchers. Baby’s Breath are such a versatile flower! They last a long time, look great in any arrangement or even on their own, plus they’re usually inexpensive.
And if you really need to tighten the purse strings but still want to enjoy fresh flowers in your home, you can often buy single stems at the store for arranging flowers quite simply. Here I’ve paired a white mum with a pink carnation in a small vase. Simple and sweet but quite pretty! These simple tips for arranging store bought flowers should have you on your way to creating your own floral masterpieces.
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