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I’ve mentioned my small obsession with fresh flowers before. Part of the reason I am so obsessed with them is because you can create something so beautiful for such a low cost. I love creating the arrangement just as much as I love looking at it day after day after day. I am no florist but I do enjoy creating. So, today, I thought I would share with you some very simple tips I always use to make a budget-friendly, DIY flower arrangement.

1.  To start, I always select three main pieces. Greenery, a main flower, and a filler (either a small flower or additional greenery). I love to buy these wholesale and usually grab about 3-5 stems of each. Sometimes I will grab a wider variety of florals or greenery, just depending on what look I am going for and what’s on sale. Some of my favorite chain stores to buy bunches of flowers from are Trader Joe’s, Harris Teeter, and Costco. 

NOTE: Eucalyptus is my favorite greenery right now. Lavender, Limonium, Baby’s Breath, Aster, or even cat tails make for great filler. The main florals I use vary by season but some of my current favorites are hydrangeas, roses, gladiolas, and delphiniums.

2. Cut at least an inch off the bottom of each stem, cutting the end at a sharp angle. Remove all greenery from the stem at least 8″ up the stems.

3. Begin arranging by adding in your greenery first. Loosely arrange it into the shape you are looking for. You want your arrangement to build up from the sides up into the middle so cut lengths accordingly, always cutting to a sharp, angled edge. The trick is to loosely get your shape. You are not looking for perfection. I usually just plop it all in and pull, tug, and snip stems here and there to get an overall even shape.

4. Add in the filler flowers or extra greenery to fill in the blank spaces and add a little more height to the arrangement.

5. Lastly, add in your main flower(s). I add these in so they stick just slightly further out than the greenery. I may pull a bit at the filler flowers/greenery to help them fill in around the main flowers a bit and create volume and even more height to my arrangement. Try to evenly disperse the main flower without being too uniform.

Here is an example of an arrangement that is heavy on flowers. The florals and greenery to make this whole arrangement cost me $15 at Trader Joe’s! 

What do you think? Any tried and true tricks you always use for your arrangements? Let me know in the comments below. If you haven’t already then please subscribe to get updates on all my latest money-saving tips and DIY ideas. If you like this post, then please give it a like so I know to do more like this one.

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DIY Faux Crown Molding: how to create an expensive look for much less

imageAbout a year and a half ago I posted a blog giving tips regarding how to make your room’s walls feel taller. You can catch that blog post here. The focus of that blog was to show how to get shorter walls to feel taller on a budget. You can’t really raise your roof on the cheap and I do so love a high ceiling. In that post, I briefly shared our DIY, faux crown molding. In this post, I wanted to take a few minutes to focus on that faux crown molding and share this great idea in more detail. I wish I could claim this idea but it was actually my builder, father-in-law that suggested we extend the existing crown molding to give it an expensive and custom look without spending much. I was just sitting in this room reading when I looked up and fell in love with the molding all over again. I thought to myself, I really need to share this because it has made this room so much more enjoyable to be in. So, here is my faux crown molding tutorial.


When my husband and I first moved into our older home, one thing we loved was that the home already had great crown molding in every room. I love the elegance the molding added to each room. But, in our formal living room and formal dining room I really wanted to step up the molding drama a bit more and add a more custom, expensive feel to the rooms at as minimum a cost as possible. We started in the dining room and I am SO in LOVE with how that turned out. You can read all about the custom, faux molding done in the dining room here.

Then, we set to work on the living room. I knew we wanted to add the board and batten along the bottom of the room. I was discussing how high I wanted the board and batten to sit when my father-in-law suggested making the board and batten lower and adding a faux, crown molding along the top of the room. WHAT?!?! My father-in-law continued to explain that by taking some extra chair molding we already had from a DIY kitchen cabinet project, nailing the molding 6″ to 12″ below the existing crown molding, and painting the molding and everything in between a glossy white, the room would appear to have very expensive, custom, crown molding for less than $100.00.

Expensive look for less than $100? Done. Here are pictures of the progression.106086


imageIt is literally as easy as it sounds. We used chair railing from Lowes, nailed it down about 10″ below the existing crown molding, caulked the creases, and painted the molding and everything in between with a high gloss paint. Done. I really have nothing left to say except…

Why is this not done every DIYers house? Let me know how much you love yours!

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