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Before starting my job in Birmingham, I had no idea how to make a flower arrangement, especially on a budget. Working for a non-profit, I wear many hats, including occasional event planning and being the florist. Luckily, with the help of my friend Jessie (who is a wedding florist) and my cousin Katherine (see her blog post here), I have learned some easy tips. I always thought flowers were really expensive, but Trader Joe’s is now my go-to place to get them. If you have an event where you need a lot of arrangements, you can even pre-order them. You just need to give them about a week’s notice. I grocery shop there about 1-2 times a month and it’s hard for me to leave without some beautiful flowers.
What you need:
- Scissors: I just use regular scissors, not special floral ones.
- Green Floral Wire: I bought mine at Hobby Lobby
- Vases: For budget-friendly vases, I suggest dollar stores or the craft store.
- Hydrangeas are great filler flowers, and so is greenery.
- To make roses look fuller/open them up, you can gently open the petals up one at a time. I learned this from Emily of Eleven Gables.
- If your hydrangeas start to wilt, you can run some water over them. This is usually livens them up for a few days. I do this when I first get them as well.
- Cut the flower steps at an angle; this helps them drink and last longer.
- I make one arrangement that I’m happy with, then I use it as a way to measure the stems for future arrangements. This saves me so much time.
- Pick 2-3 types of flowers. I suggest hydrangeas for a great filler and lots of greenery
- Figure out how many of each flower type you need. For hydrangeas, I usually use 2 full hydrangeas or 3 that are sparser. I also use 2-3 statement flowers (roses, peonies, lilies, etc), and 2-4 stems of greenery.
- Once I get the flowers home, my first step is to cut all of the leaves off.
- Run water over the hydrangeas. This will make them last longer.
- Start by making 1 arrangement. I am not a pro by any means, but I take the 2-3 hydrangeas and make a little bouquet with my hands. I align the flowers by the fluffy flower part. When I’m happy with them, I tightly wrap floral wire around them to keep them together. I use the hydrangeas as a base.
- Cut the hydrangea stems diagonally and find a good length based on the vase. I would recommend doing this slowly and not taking too much off at a time. You can always cut more, but you cannot add back what you already cut off.
- Grab a few roses and arrange them surrounding the hydrangeas. I like to evenly spread them around.
- Add some greenery around the roses.
- Cut the stems diagonally (a little longer than the hydrangeas).
- Add all of the flowers into the vase and trim the stems as needed. I only use wire for the hydrangeas, but if your arrangement won’t stay put, you can certainly add wire to keep it in place. If your arrangement is lopsided, that usually means the stems could use some trimming.
Thank you so much for reading! What is your favorite flower? Mine is peonies.