Tips & Tricks for arranging grocery store flowers. How to make a basic bouquet of grocery store flowers look great. Easy container ideas and a video!
Fresh flowers in my home, especially at this time of year, are almost a necessity of life. During the summer months, I bring in blooms from my garden and it’s one of the things I like best about that season. When the garden isn’t in bloom, I buy flowers from the grocery store. They take a little more effort but arranging grocery store flowers is easy and doesn’t take too much time. Read on for my best tips and tricks.
Choose the flowers:
Grocery store flowers are usually wrapped in some sort of cellophane or floral paper. When you are choosing your bouquets, pull the wrapping down and make sure the leaves on the stems aren’t wilted. Choose at least two different types of flowers. If you are making a large arrangement, go with three types. Try to vary the size of the blooms and coordinate the colors. For this post, I chose small pink tulips and pink mini roses.
Tip: Grocery stores usually sell bouquets of mixed flowers. This is a great option if you want a more casual look.
Choose the container:
Containers are a personal choice. Honestly, I don’t want a closet full of random vases so I keep my container collection small. I use mason jars and pitchers. Some are vintage and some are not. The pitchers are used as decor in my living spaces so that’s actually where they are stored. It’s easier to make small, manageable arrangements than ones that are large or tall.
Properly prep the flowers:
As soon as you get home from the grocery, put the flowers in water. When you are ready to make your arrangement, cut off all the wrappings, ties and rubberbands. Separate the stems and cut off all leaves from the bottom half of each stem. Decide how tall you want the stems and trim each one to approximately the same height. (You can tweak this later.) Lay the stems out on a work surface so they are easily accessible for arranging.
Fresh water and flowers:
Fill your container about 1/3 to 1/2 way full with fresh, cool water. Begin with the flower type that has the sturdiest stems. (In this case, I began with the roses because the tulip stems tend to droop.) Before placing each stem in the water, give the end a fresh snip. Once you have all of the first type in the vase, fill in these flowers with your second type. Try to mix the flowers evenly throughout the arrangement.
You may have to remove and snip some stems if they are too long. If you’ve got some that are too short, put them around the outside of the container. The height of your arrangement is a personal choice. I’m sure there are “flower arranging rules,” but I don’t know what they are and if I did, I most likely wouldn’t follow them. I usually try to make my arrangement about the same height as my container. If you need a rule to follow, that should work!
I made a little video that shows how I put this arrangement together.
I’ll be back on Wednesday with a very simple, farmhouse-inspired Valentine’s Day tablescape…but it will be ideas that can be used now right through spring.
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