Monday, March 15, 2010

DIY flower arranging


When I am a gazillionaire, I will have fresh flower arrangements on display throughout my house. At all times. Oh, yes I will. I will have a florist on staff. The florist will hang out with the housekeeper, the chef, and the laundress. It will be dreamy.

Until then, I will have to arrange my flowers myself.

This is easy in the summertime, when I have flowers from my yard. Blue hydrangeas are my favorites:



For now, I'll content myself with flowers from the grocery store. Here's how I arrange those.

I'll select a container for my flowers, like this pitcher that I spray-painted.



In this photo, I'm holding my grocery-store flowers beside the pitcher. See the problem?



Grocery-story flowers come with really, really long stems. And unless you have a really, really tall container, I suggest you cut them down to size.

If you have a bunch of flowers of all the same type, it's a cinch to place them in the container after you've shortened the stems. I love the way this looks.



If you have a bunch of assorted flowers, separate the flowers into types, and place them in your container by types. You'll often have one "star" flower and two or more of several filler flowers. I suggest placing the "star" in the center of your arrangement and placing the filler flowers all around.



Then stick in your other flowers, which usually come in pairs. Place one stem at a time around the central flower, keeping things fairly symmetrical. If you've already put the filler flowers in place, the other flowers should stay in place pretty easily.

And voila! You have a pretty arrangement, all for a few dollars and a few minutes of your time.


I also use grocery store flowers to create arrangements for parties and showers, like these:





How about you? Are you a flower fan?

--Linked to DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land


22 comments:

Marla at Always Nesting said...

Beautiful grocery store flowers. I love fresh flowers, also and wish I could have them every day, every week.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

LOVE this!!! I am totally copying the link right now to feature on Friday. :) I am terrible at flower arranging, but I do want to learn how to do it. :) This was an excellent post for me. I liked how you used different photos as examples.

PS. I adore hydrangeas too. I had high hopes for a gorgeous one I bought last Spring, but I think T killed it with too much fertilizer. We'll have to see if it comes back. There's not much prettier than large, bright hydrangea blooms. :)

Jessi said...

Very nice job! Yes, I love arranging flowers. I actually posted about making my own arrangements just the other day. I think in another lifetime I'd like to be a florist. I find it calming and so rewarding to create beautiful displays with fresh flowers! Oh, and I love your pitcher as a vase!

Jenglamgirl said...

very pretty, love what you did. ;) jenn

KarenB said...

I'm going to do the same thing when I become a gazillionaire. My husband asked me just the other day when I'm going to make him rich. Oops! I was actually thinking of buying some fresh tulips, might have to put that on my grocery list today! Lovely flowers!

Denise said...

This looks beautiful, I think what makes it work is not seeing any of the stems. I often find I've not cut my flowers short enough and they still seem tall in the vase, I'll have to copy this idea in future :)

Meg said...

What a great post! I'm bookmarking this for when our yard flowers start to bloom. Love the spray painted pitcher too. So pretty for flowers!

Thank you for such a nice comment on my blog. It truly made my day! And, seriously, guys with the name Lee are the best!

Vonda said...

Beautiful...thanks for the lesson. I too - never cut my stems short enough.

Melissa Miller said...

Richella I'm with you! That sounds wonderful. I just adore all of your pretty flowers. :)

Cyndi said...

Love the flowers!! I esp. love the hydrangeas. Courtney my daughter is using blue hydrangeas at her wedding in June so I'm noticing them everywhere!! I think they'll be beautiful!

Dawn said...

i am a fan :) especially of those blue hydrangeas! oh i have always wanted blue hydrangeas! and they do look perfect in that little pitcher!

ummm... when you get that florist and laundress... can i move in, too?

Manuela@TPOH said...

You did a beautiful job arranging those flowers! I always buy my flowers at the grocery store. They have the best prices and every week they have some on clearance.

Mnuela

Anna said...

great tips, I love fresh flowers

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

I love arranging flowers and took a course in it. When I am a multi-millionaire, I will buy lots of flowers and arrange them myself.

Karen said...

I love flowers. I love having freshly cut flowers in vases in my home! My hubby got me some gorgeous flowers for my birthday a couple of weeks ago. They were beautiful. All the flowers in your post are gorgeous!

Jennie said...

Beautiful! They are so professional looking.

Jennie@Cinnaberry Suite

west coast nester said...

I love how flowers look in a pitcher. And hydrangeas are just the most beautiful to look at.

New Every Morning said...

Gorgeous!
I have a hydrangea bush that gives me an abundance of blue beauties every summer. Just this morning I was delighted to find green leaf buds popping out!

Astrid said...

I feel rather lucky as my mom (a trained florist) taught me flower arranging. I love simple arrangements.

Kimba said...

What a beautiful lesson! A little arranging can make a grocery store bouquet look beautiful.

I adore hydrangeas. I had gorgeous bushes at our old house but I'm still nursing them along at our new home. I'm hopeful that they'll take off this summer. I love being able to clip off a few heads and have a gorgeous bouquet in no time.

ClassiclyAmber said...

YES!! I love fresh flowers! I am to the point now in my life where I like to keep them potted in the kitchen as much as possible. I keep buying more whenever the current ones fade and whenever I find some for a GOOD price!

Your arrangement looks simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

Linda said...

I am a florist and I manage a local family owned supermarket floral dept. we are rated #9 in the FTD market of over 25,000 ftd florists. we carry the mixed bunches like you purchased. To simplify your arranging effort, these bunched come pre-arranged from the growers. Many of my customers ask me to do chop-n-drops in a vase for them. It is simply cut down to size and dropped in the water filled vase. You really need no design background to do that, everyone can do it. Go out & buy those grocery store florist bunches and enjoy.

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