Over the weekend I made a unique floral centerpiece for an upcoming entertaining story—I can’t wait to share it with you! There’s nothing like an impressive arrangement of exotic flowers to grace your entry, dinner table, nightstand, or coffee table. However sometimes exotic flowers aren’t always accessible or in the budget. And if you are a beginner, it’s best to practice arranging flowers that don’t carry such a high price tag.
In this post, I will show you how to take simple grocery store flowers from good to great in four simple steps. What made this centerpiece so unique was not the flowers in the arrangement, but the container that held it all together. Let’s take a look.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED
a container of your choice (here I used a woven chest)
pruning shears (or Kitchen Scissors)
aluminium foil (optional)
On your next grocery store run take a stroll through the floral department for a little color inspiration. Shades of white, blues, yellows, and hot pink were amongst my selections this past weekend from alstroemeria to roses to hydrangeas.
Spread out your packaged bouquet. Remove lower leaves, extra stems, thorns, and ugly petals. Next place all like flowers together in a cool, dry place.
With a butter knife, cut your floral foam to fit the desired container. Next, fill a separate container with water and stir in a packet of flower food. Submerge the cut foam brick into the water. Remove the foam brick and wrap the lower half of the brick in aluminum foil. The wrapping step is only necessary if you are not using a waterproof container.
I like to start by positioning the largest flowers first. Cut each stem at a 45-angle (in a diagonal) to its desired length. If you have only a few large flowers, keep more of the leaves help to cover empty space. When using a smaller container be sure to leave room for smaller flowers in the next step.
Lastly, use the smaller (filler) flowers as accents. Adjust stems as needed until you are happy with the shape and size of your arrangement. Make it simple, keep your sanity.