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DIY FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS

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 Floral Arrangements: Spring Peonies


So I have to share this while the spring florals are still available at Dollar Tree. These florals are amazingly beautiful for how cheap they are. Please forgive this quickly written post. I really, really, really don’t want you to miss out! I mean, look at those peonies! So, without further ado, here you go.

I originally made these arrangements for a baby shower coming up and loved them (and the price) so I used them for a missionary luncheon and then my home. Anyone can add a pop of spring to their home or event with these arrangements and bring a little cheer inside for a very affordable price (approximately $4-$8 an arrangement depending on the amount of blooms and accents you use). Who doesn’t want that?

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1 Queen Rose Bouquet in white

1 bunch Peonies in pink (I ended up buying one in a peachy pink and another in a more white and pink ombre coloring but both will work and look great)

1 rose bouquet in a peachy pink

Feel free to pick up any other florals that have a full bloom and go with the color scheme. I added in a few random florals like white and pink Magnolias and fern leaves to add more variety.

I also picked up floral foam and a glass globe shaped vase and a tall, cylinder shaped vase at the dollar tree so I had some variety to work with.

To make these you need to:

1. Cut the stem of each floral to the height needed for your arrangement. You will want a shorter stem (3-4 inches) for the globe shaped vase and a longer stem (7-8 inches) for the cylinder shaped vase.

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2. Cut your foam to fit in your vase and then place your brightest, biggest bloom in the center about an inch or two higher than the top of the vase. How high you place it depends on how full you want your arrangement to be..the taller the bigger and fuller the arrangement will be. I used my peonies to start. I just love them so much!

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3. Begin to fill in around that center bloom. I go in circles around the bloom until the arrangement is to the fullness I want and then use smaller blooms to fill in any gaps. Feel free to pull and push at the blooms to get a very organic look to your arrangement.  I also added a few bird embellishments to add interest to some of the arrangements.

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4. I added in burlap strips into the globe vases and glued burlap around the outside of the cylinder vase to cover the floral foam and add texture to the arrangement.

(you can see the fern leaves I used in this first arrangement)

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(this second picture is one of the centerpieces we made using the floral arrangements for a missions luncheon)

Just as a heads up, for the arrangements in the globes, I had florals left over from each one so I was able to get a few more from the leftover florals since I wanted a lower arrangement height in those.

HERE’S A TIP: Add even more interest to your vase by spray painting it. I added a few arrangement to various Dollar Tree vases I spray painted gold for a pop of metallic color.

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What do you think? Let me know how your arrangements turn out and don’t forget to check back soon for more DIY ideas…on a budget of course. And, as always, if you enjoy what you are reading then feel free to follow my blog to get all my latest decorating and money-saving ideas and tips

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