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We’re deep into winter here in Upstate New York, and flower therapy is a must for me. I struggle a bit with the long, cold snowy months, but the wildflower bouquets at Trader Joe’s and the seasonal flowers at Wegmans cheer me up every time
I’ve been known to blow my weekly petty cash budget on bouquets more than once. Flowers just make any space brighter, cheerier, and more welcoming.
Any flower arrangement looks lovely, as is this one I picked up and put right into a vase.
Pretty, for sure! But, in just a few minutes’ time, you can take a grocery store arrangement and turn it into a stunning, one-of-a-kind floral display.
First, pick up whatever colors and stems appeal to you. You can grab the pre-made bouquets or an assortment that catches your eye.
Open all the flower packaging and take out the flower food packets to save for later. Group the flowers in like piles to see how many and what kind of each flower and filler you have.
Now you’re ready for the tape. Use clear tape on the top of the vase to make a cross section that the flowers fit into. This creates a uniform look and gives the stems some stability so they don’t flop over.
A Spiller, a Filler, and a Thriller
This formula for creating perfect arrangements works for flowers and for garden beds, too. First, start with a spiller that drapes out of the container. These are plants like ivy or eucalyptus, which is what I’m using here. Anything that’s long and drapes nicely works.
Place your fillers next. Fillers are any of the less expensive flowers, like the spider mums and daisies I’m using here. You want a bunch of them, so they fill the space nicely in the center to make the vase look full and lush. Cut them at different heights for an interesting look.
The thriller is last because it’s typically the biggest, more expensive, or most “thrilling.” In my garden beds outside, I use tall spike plants that spring up dramatically around the Gerber daisy fillers.
Here I used these gorgeous yellow lilies as a focal point in the center, and tall strands of decorative grass for drama.
That’s it! In about five minutes, you created your own unique arrangement to give you a little pick-me-up and cheer up the whole house.
This picture is from my Instagram account, when I took a picture of my work space this week. It’s easy to feel inspired when looking at this beautiful floral display.
I’d love to see how you arrange your flowers. Tag me or give me a shout!