If I could, I would have fresh flowers in every room of my house. They add color and texture and scent and life and always make a room feel more lived in and complete.
Gorgeous flower arrangements can be super expensive so I typically just find what I like at my grocery store and use a trick my mother-in-law taught me about making inexpensive bouquets look fancy.
This bunch of fall mums was on sale for $2.99 and just too good of a deal to pass up.
The temptation is to just cut off the ends of the stems and plop them in a vase, like this:
With just a few extra minutes you can instead get this:
Cut short and bunched closely together, these mums look elegant and the blooms become the stars of the show (rather than the distracting stems).
Start by choosing your vessel. I used an old silver sugar bowl from the thrift store (my mother-in-law is the thrifter and she passes her finds on to me. I’m one lucky lady). I love using unconventional vases – especially short ones with larger openings for this mounding-of-blooms look. Scavenge through your cabinets to see if you have anything that will work or head to the thrift store and you’ll likely find something clever. And if all else fails, a quick trip to a home store (home goods, target, etc) will likely provide you with a vessel just right.
Fill it with water. Someone once told me lukewarm water was the way to go with flowers. Not sure if that is true, but I always stick to it.
Now trim the stems way down so the blooms hit just to the top of your vase.
It will feel like you’re cutting off half of the bouquet you just spent your money on, but do it anyway.
Gather up a bunch and add them to the vase. Adjust the blooms until they create a mound, adding in extra blooms to fill in.
See?! Super easy. Suddenly a $2.99 grocery bouquet becomes and intentional, delicate arrangement that makes a statement.
I added these to my office and as I sit at my computer, I am cheered by their beauty.
(and how cute is that little drawing Audrey made?!)
Maybe today you can treat yourself to an inexpensive bunch of grocery store flowers and make them look fancy with this cut-and-bunch arranging trick.