I’m just popping in quickly today to share some tips on prettying-up your grocery store bouquet. You know the ones- you walk into the store with your list in hand, you’re going to leave with nothing that’s not on that list. But then you see the beautiful bouquets to your left, so you decide to take a peek, and they’re on sale! You can’t say no- am I right? Then you get those beauties home and plop them in your vase to find that they’re not quite as cute as they were in their paper wrap. Why!? I do this all the time- and this is the reason I started playing around with arranging flowers. They’re the bouquets you get as gifts too- the one in these photos is from one of my friends when she visited our new place for her first time (how sweet is that?!). So here’s what they looked like just plopped into a vase. The flowers are pretty, but the vase is doing nothing for them.
I’ve mentioned before that I love getting flowers- like it makes my week and I tell everyone that sees them that they were a gift with a goofy big grin. So don’t think I’m writing this because I don’t appreciate them… I do, so much that I trim them and arrange them to best show them off. Okay? Good.
So here’s what I do to pretty up my grocery store flowers! First, you’ve got to see what you’ve got in there! Pull that bouquet apart and lay it all out.
This bouquet had mums (the pinky purple ones) as the main flower. Almost every grocery bouquet is going to have a spray flower like mums or daisies- this basically means there’s more than one bloom on a stem. Flowers are generally bought wholesale by the stem so it’s a cost effective way to buff up the bouquet. I cut these to height first and used them to start my arrangement from.
Next I added the mini white carnations and the pink gerbera daisies. Trying to distribute the colours evenly. It helps to pick the front of the arrangement before you start adding too many blooms. This helps you decide where to place the flowers to get the best view. The last flower I added was the tall purple ones. Thank you Lynn for putting a name to these beauties! The purple flowers are statice. I love these because they add height to the arrangement so it’s not just one big flat ball of flowers. I cut them a tiny bit taller so they’d stick out the top.
Last, I added in the greenery. You might have noticed I tossed the tropical looking palm-like leaves. I’m not sure why they put those in every grocery bouquet but unless they’re tropical looking flowers, I’m not into it. Maybe it’s just me and the rest of the world loves them… do you? Anyways, since you’ve chosen the front of your bouquet, you can tuck the leaves in around the sides and back to frame your arrangement. I like this tall little stack of leaves they included- so I added it in off center. There’s a couple ‘rules’ of floral arranging and one of them is to avoid even numbers and such- notice how they include three daisies instead of two? I try to stick to keeping it ‘uneven’ and tend not to center things that will stand out (like that stack of leaves).
So that’s pretty much it! Doesn’t it look a world of better? So I failed to realize (until writing this) that I took next to no process shots and didn’t even show you the vase I chose until the very end! Doh. Next time I’ll try to do better guys, I promise. The ‘vase’ I chose is actually an apothecary jar with no lid. It’s one of the ones we used for candy at this party. Use what you have, right?
Do you have any tricks to make your grocery store bouquets look a little more special? I’d love to hear!
I think I’m going to need more lessons…ha! These look great. I love getting flowers, too, but despite every BLUNT hint I’ve given, I still haven’t got “just becuase” flowers. I have started buying my own occasionally and might have to try this tonight since I have a friend coming to stay for the weekend tomorrow!
My ‘hint’ used to be when we went grocery shopping and asking if he would buy me one… like with bouquet in basket, ‘thanks dear’. Now he surprises me with them :)
These are so beautiful! You’re pretty darn talented! I never knew that rule about uneven numbers. Totally makes sense though!
Thanks Shelby! I don’t even know where I learned that, but I almost never break it :)
Lovely colors! I love the purple ones!
Those were my favourites too! My girlfriend said that’s why she picked this bouquet over the others- I wish I knew what they were called!
Wow! It’s hard to believe those beautiful flowers came from the grocery store! Thank you so much for the tips and tricks, I will definitely be trying them out! I’m not totally sure, but those purple flowers may be called statice. We used to grow them in our garden and they dry beautifully for dried arrangements!
That’s them!! Thank you so much Lynn… I’m off to update the post :)
Lovely arrangement Colleen. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Michelle! Glad you liked it :)
Love this! I did a similar post for flowers from the backyard, and everyone was asking me about grocery store flowers. Now I know to send them here! And you’re right – so, so much better. Thank you for the great tips!
Ahh send me a link to that! I looked through your site and couldn’t find it. I’m looking forward to having a yard of my own to grow flowers in this spring, I’ve been relying on my Dad for the past few years.