I’ve finally learned the secret to arranging grocery store flowers into a stunning arrangement and I’m sharing it with you!
Arranging flowers has always perplexed me. For the life of me I could not figure out how to make my flowers look like anything but a bunch of flowers stuck in a vase.
You know what I’m talking about, right?
But I’ve unearthed the secret to bright, full arrangements that look professionally done.
No more sad bouquets. Nope. We are all about to become flower arranging ninjas.
Just FYI, I picked up this bouquet from Costco. I tend to buy my flowers there because of the price, and as I talked about here, their roses are Rainforest Alliance certified.
Let’s start with the basics for any flower arrangements.
Basic Rules for Arranging Grocery Store Flowers
- Start by stripping all the leaves from flower stems. Once a leaf touches water, it rots quickly.
- Select a vase where the top is wider than the bottom.
- When selecting your bouquet, pick one that has 2 to 3 of the same kind of flowers that stand out to your eye and that will form the center of your arrangement.
- The height of your final arrangement should be one and one half times the height of the vase.
- Don’t overthink it! Just play with height and color.
- Once you’ve built your arrangement, be sure to change the water every other day.
- Keep your arrangement out of direct sunlight to prolong it’s life.
Take the vase you have selected and use scotch or wasabi tape to section off the top as in the picture below.
Once you’ve prepped your vase, start with any pieces of greenery and stick them in the outermost sections.
Find the flowers that are the most prominent in shape and color. In this bouquet it was the bright pink gerber daisies. Cut the dominant flowers to different heights and add them to the center square of the tape shape you made.
Start to fill in with the other flowers starting with the highest impact flowers and building outward. Use the tape squares. Add flowers so they are evenly distributed amongst the squares.
Continue to arrange flowers until you like what you see!
The final arrangement! Ta-Da! Having the tape grid at the top of the vase really does help in placing the flowers in different sections. Selecting a vase with a wide top gives the arrangement width.
It really is that easy. If you use washi tape like I did, you will probably want to remove it. Scotch tape is better camouflaged by the flowers.
Before and After
If you have a small bouquet of the same flowers from the grocery store (like the red carnations above), I made a quick Facebook Live to show you my secret to great small arrangements.
Give it a try and let me know how it works for you!