This is the perfect season for parties of all sorts and the quintessential time of year to spruce up your home décor. Whether planning an event, or just looking for an everyday table focal point, flowers and floral elements are the ideal way to bring the beautiful outdoors inside. While we would probably all love to have gorgeous fresh flowers around at all times, this definitely comes with a high price tag. Here are some tips for great DIY arrangements that won’t break the bank.
Know Where to Buy. Grocery stores are typically a great starting point. You should also consider places like Sam’s and Costco and wholesale flower shops in the area. The trick is to stay away from mixed arrangements and get bunches of one type of flower. You can then mix and match to pull your own look together.
Pick Your Flowers. The type of flower you use is an obvious money saver or drainer. You get more bang for your buck with larger blooms such as hydrangea. Stay away from anything that isn’t in season at the moment. A few flowers that tend to be less expensive in the spring are carnations, daisies, Peruvian lilies, and tulips.
Embrace the Filler and Weeds. Weeds may get a bad rep in the garden, but in this case they are more than welcome. Thistle, Queen Anne’s Lace, foxtail, and goldenrod are weeds that are more friend than foe. Greenery and filler flowers such as ivy, babies breath, stock, and dusty miller are perfect inexpensive accompaniments to your actual blooms.
Make Them Last. There’s nothing worse than spending money on a gorgeous arrangement to only have it wilt within a day or two. When you’re shopping for flowers, look for blooms that haven’t fully opened yet. Cut the stems at an angle to allow more water flow and remove any leaves that are below the water line. Use the flower food and keep the water clean. Hint: if you don’t have the packets of food, you can combine 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar and sugar to the water. Some flowers are still beautiful once they’ve dried out, such as hydrangea and astilbe.
Get Creative. Arranging flowers is a type of art. Don’t get stifled by whatever’s popular on Pinterest. Go with what brings you joy and compliments your space. Bring in non-floral items such as lavender, rosemary, lemons, moss, and succulents. When choosing your vase, look around at your house or at the local thrift shop to find some unique elements. Pitchers, tureens, bottles, and crates are some perfect options.
Remember that sometimes less is more. A few small bud vases with a single bloom and greenery can be just as elegant a centerpiece as an elaborate rose and peony arrangement. Have fun with the creative process while making your home and pocketbook happy!
Courtesy of Krista Ehret