Budget Savvy: Enjoy Fresh Flower Arrangements for Less
Fresh flowers can make any space feel instantly inviting.
I've recently wrote about the importance of creating your green space. Don't underestimate the power of plants around the house and especially in your work space. Its great for aesthetics and helps to improve air quality and a great way to boost your productivity when you have a zen space. Then of course, we all know fresh flowers can be expensive and they have a short lifespan (I'll share ways to extend their beauty next time).
- One large bouquet from my local florist (approx. $30-50)
- One small bunch of baby's breath (approx. $5-10)
- 2 -4 small or medium vases (I like to use mason jars for a more rustic look)
- Pair of garden shears
- Floral tape to hold stems in place (optional)
- Twine or ribbon to decorate (optional)
- Create a clear space on your kitchen counter or table top. If you have a liner, use that to easily collect and dispose of all the floral trimmings.
- Carefully separate and group similar stem types.
- Create a mix of complementary colors or choose one shade or variety. Don’t forget to add greenery for texture and color. The smaller the vase, the simpler the arrangement should be. You don't want to overcrowd.
- Cut the stems at an angle about an inch from the bottom. Remove any leaves that will sit below the water level of the vase.
- Pour water into the vase and add any preservative solution as well.
- Start by adding the largest flowers first, working in a circle and turning the vase as you go to make sure the arrangement is symmetrical.
- Layer in the next variety of flower and repeat until all flowers have been added.
- Finish the arrangement by adding greenery or berries if you'd like.
- Flowers are alive and will change form in the coming days. As a rule, make the height of your arrangements about one and a half times taller than its container.
- Remove any thorns or leaves from flowers. This will prevent harmful bacteria from entering the water and reducing their lifespan.
- Keep flowers away from direct sunlight and heating vents.
- Change water and trim stems daily. If you have preservative solution, only add every few days.