Thanks to Fresh Home Magazine, here are some useful tips directly from a magazine dedicated to help you make your house look nice without spending a lot of money. It does not take an expensive flower shop to be able to put together a great arrangement of flowers.
Gather Far and Wide
Look to different grocery stores selection as well as the great outdoors for a variety of flowers, as well as greenery.
Snip and Bathe
First and foremost, diagonally cutting the stems on the way home is a must. If you do happen to have the extra time for preparation, allow the stems to soak by plunging them into water for half of a day filled up to just below the flower. After getting the flowers into the vase, add a little bit of soda to the water. The acid from the soda gets the water to the flower faster than neutral water would, and the sugar helps to feed the flower. Then, adding one drop of bleach will help to kill any potential bacteria growth.
Think Outside the Crystal Vase
Mason jars, old teapots, and wine bottles are all great for holding bouquets. Be creative with what you choose to house the flowers.
Build your Bouquet in Order
First, add fluffy flowers like baby’s breath, Sweet Williams and asters. Add enough to create an airy nest above the vase opening. Next, add straight stems, using the first batch of flowers as support. Next, fill in with textured greenery _ think ferns, ivy, tree and shrub branches, and ornamental grasses. When finished adding, stick your spread-out fingers into the arrangement and lift flowers up a bit to make the bouquet less stiff. The height of the flowers above the vase should be about equal to the height of the vase itself.
That is, use odd numbers of straight-stemmed flowers. For some reason, the eye is more comfortable looking at groupings of three or five rather than two, four or six.
Here is a great example of a homemade bouquet, which looks really good. It has variety of flowers straight from her back yard, a unique and vibrant vase, and some greenery too.
Have fun putting your own bouquet together(:
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