I am so excited to introduce you to my friend, Erin, amazing florist and designer. Not only does she arrange the most beautiful wedding bouquets, she also is a rock star calligrapher and illustrator. Seriously, this lady has got some talent! Today, she’s taking over the blog to share her secrets for creating a beautiful centerpiece out of grocery store flowers. I cannot wait to try these tips out! Thanks so much for sharing, Erin!
I am so excited to be sharing this little tutorial on how you can turn your everyday grocery store flowers (read: inexpensive!) into a cute centerpiece to have in your home! Flowers always brighten my day, and this was a really great way to get fresh flowers into my home on a budget.
I bought these flowers at Costco for $14. I already had the vase that I got from a local thrift store for $3, and just spray painted it gold using paint I already had. The other items you’ll need are scissors and tape.
First, let’s talk about choosing flowers. I wanted something that would make creating a floral arrangement easy, so for that I needed to find a bouquet that had a variety of flowers. Look for something that has at least one large main focal flower, filler flowers, and some greenery. I also wanted sunflowers which are in season right now and make my home feel fall-ready!
I’ve separated and named the flowers below so you can see what I had to work with.
To start, I filled my vase 2/3 full with cold water, and added the flower food that comes with your bouquet of flowers. Next, I used the tape to create a grid on the top of my vase. This helps keep the flowers where I want them to be while I’m arranging, and is a good substitute if you don’t have foam or if you have a clear vase and don’t want the foam to show!
I like to start with my greenery to frame the top of the vase, and the bottom of my arrangement. (Keep in mind that you need to cut all your stems at a diagonal helping the stem drink lots of water!) Make sure you cut off any excess greenery that might be submerged in the water. Not only will it help your flowers last longer, it will be much easier to add flowers later if you aren’t working around a bunch of leaves.
Next, I added my largest flower. In this case it was the sunflowers. I kept them pretty low to the bottom of the vase, and made sure the stems were directed toward the center of the vase.
Keep adding flowers, trimming excess greenery from the stems. Keep moving from your large to small flowers, turning the vase and filling in the empty spaces as you go. I added the alstromeria, then the snapdragon after the sunflowers.
Next, I added the remaining button mums, statice, solidago, and myrtle.
You may need to adjust other flowers you’ve already placed as you add more blooms. That is totally fine, and so easy to do! Just keep adjusting until you’re happy with how it looks!
Lastly, display your flowers for everyone to enjoy! I love that I now have these gorgeous flowers to brighten up my home, and all for less than $20. 🙂