From Grocery Store Flowers to Professional Arrangement

Most of us have been to the grocery store wanting or needing a quick flower pick up whether it’s for an event or just to bring some life and color to your home. If you’re like me, you find it’s hard to pick up a bouquet that has all the elements your wanting in an arrangement, or maybe too many things going on like this one. There are just a few simple steps to making this bouquet look like it was purchased at a local flower shop instead of the grocery store.

Step 1:

Pick your vase.

Wider mouth vases require more flowers to fill it and smaller mouth vases you can get away with just 1-4 stems. The height of the vase plays a factor as well depending if you’d like a lower or taller arrangement. I tend to use medium height vases without very large mouths so I can use the flowers to add height and I can get away with fewer stems to fill the vase.

Step 2:

Trim and feed.

The cleaner the flower stems the better they will look in the vase and the longer the water will last that your flowers are sitting in because there is less foliage to discolor and stink it up. I use my kitchen scissors to remove any leaves that will be inside the vase. Some of the leaves at the top of the flower I keep on or if it’s a flower that I will be using for height I will leave some of the lower leaves on as well.

Use the flower food packet that you get at the store to prolong the life of your flowers. Just add it to a vase that’s filled with room temperature water, 2/3 full.




Step 3:

Remove & arrange.

A lot of times I don’t like all of the flowers together that come in a single arrangement. It’s OK to leave some of the flowers out!! We’ll use them a different way later but don’t feel like you have to use EVERYTHING that comes in the store bought bouquet.

I decided to leave out the yellow flowers of this arrangement so I set them aside.

 

Next, I usually start with the larger blooms first and put them toward the front of the vase where they can stand out the most. It’s important that you trim the stem before putting it directly into your water-filled vase within at least 7 seconds of trimming. This will extend the life of your flowers which is always the goal.

Then I start to add some of the other flowers, but I keep them grouped together for higher impact. However, I’ll cut some of their stems shorter and keep some longer to make the arrangement more interesting instead of having everything at the same height.

So this is what my arrangement would look like if I just used the grocery store items that I decided to keep from the bouquet I purchased- definitely better looking than what came in the packaging, but I like it to be more full and more diverse, sooooooooo, this next step is VERY important.




Step 4:

USE GREENERY AND FLOWERS FROM YOUR YARD TO FILL IN!

Maybe I’m stumping some of you right here, but I could almost 100% guarantee every single one of you either has a tree, bush or flowering plant growing in your yard in the front or the back. USE THEM!! Garden flowers are what make your arrangement unique and even more personal since it’s coming from your yard.

I haven’t started my garden yet at our new house but this is what I pulled from the garden at our old house (luckily the new homeowner is a friend:). Hosta leaves, peonies, roses, clematis, greenery… We pulled a bunch just to see what we’d want to use. Then fill in the vase the same way you did with the grocery store flowers- bigger blooms first, then groupings of the smaller flowers and leaves next, cut at different lengths.

I like keeping some of the bigger blooms tight to the lip of the vase like I did with the peony and lily above. And I use the greenery on the outer edges.

See how nicely it’s getting filled in with just a few flowers from the garden?

This is the first arrangement completed! Pretty much looks nothing like the grocery store purchase. And I didn’t forget about the yellow flowers that I took out initially. I kept their arrangements simpler.

Just one sunflower and greenery from an outside bush.

A smaller mouthed vase for the daisies with a hosta leaf to accent them.




These are the final 3 arrangements I got out of one $6 grocery store bouquet. It’s simple, I promise! And totally worth the small effort to make it look the way to you want it to. Have fun arranging! It’s so satisfying to start out with the first picture above and end up with these:)

Galentine’s Party

A February pick me up was just what the doctor ordered with this Galentine’s Party for my 10 year old, Joslyn and her girlfriends. We had treats and games and crafts and the girls left with their tummies and hands full.

I made all of the treats including the macarons with tiny heart sprinkles on top, chocolate covered strawberries and small rice krispy treats on a stick. There was definitely not a shortage of sugar.




The hit of the party was this cotton candy cocktail. You just add sprite to the glass and it fizzes and melts into the cutest, most delicious pink drink. Pretty sure each of the girls had at least 3 cocktails:)

One of the games we played was memory with these sticky notes attached to the wall. It was the perfect way to fill a large space on the wall as well as make for a fun game. I wrote on the backs of the sticky notes matching words like February 14th and Valentines Day or opposites like boyfriend and girlfriend. The girls loved it!




My daughter is a huge crafter so next we made t-shirts using simple pom poms from the craft store.

Hot glue guns, pom noms and t-shirts are the only supplies needed for this craft and the girls loved being able to come up with their own designs.

The take home favor was a homemade bath bomb. These were so simple to make and so cute to have in the shape of a heart.

BATH BOMB Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 c. baking soda                         2 t. essential oil

1/2 c. citric acid                         3 t. olive oil

1/2 c. Epsom salts                     food coloring

1 t. water

Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and combine well with a whisk. In a separate container (glass jar preferably), mix the liquid ingredients together. Slowly add the liquid ingredients to the dry mix, one small spoon at a time, until the mixture is soft and wet. Put the bath bomb mixture into any choice of molds (we used a heart one). It’s important that once the mold has set for about an hour, that you remove it from the mold and set out on a silpat or waxed paper to dry and harden overnight.

**DO NOT leave the mixture in the mold overnight as it will expand and stay wet and not harden.




Jossie was even nice enough to let her little sister come to the party:)

The balloons on the ceiling were my favorite part of the decor. So bright and colorful!

And as if they didn’t have enough sugar at the party we made little treat bags for them to take home. You can’t have a valentines party without candy!!

Seeing Jossie’s excitement for the party and how much fun she had at it made it all worth it!! She is my mini for sure.

Macrame Pot Holder

Supplies needed are simple- scissors, tape measure, a strong yarn and a piece of masking tape.




Step 1: Measure out lengths of at least 32″ inches (longer if you want the plant to hang down lower) 8 times so that there are 4 loops on one end as pictured below.

Step 2: Tie all of the ends with the 4 loops in a knot leaving a 2 or 3 inch opening at the top to hang the planter on a hook. Tape the knot to a surface and cut the opposite ends evenly as pictured below.




Step 3: Pair yarn into 4 sections and tie knots approximately 6 inches down from the large knot.

Step 4: Leaving the outside yarn pieces out, tie another knot using the remaining pieces, approximately 4 inches below the first knot. Then take the outside pieces of yarn and tie them together so as to make it a circle.




Step 5: Collect all of the pieces of yarn and tie another knot at the bottom, leaving approximately 4 or 5 inches of yarn hanging down. Insert plant into the circle of yarn and you have a hanging pot holder!!

Mini Paper Roses How-to

My 9 year old is the crafter of all crafters. She spends hours in our office working on crafts that she’s googled or come up with in her own head. I LOVE IT! Obvi. When she showed me these adorable paper roses I knew that they would make the cutest Valentine’s Day craft. The supplies are basic and the how-to is super simple to do on your own or with your kids.

Supplies needed:

Scissors, pencil, craft glue, craft paper in colors of your choice, toothpicks (mine are a little longer and wider than the normal size but the smaller ones would work too) and a circle approximately the size of a ramekin to trace.




Step 1:

Trace and cut the circle out on a piece of the colored craft paper.

Step 2:

Cut the paper in a spiral starting smaller and getting larger.

Step 3:

Begin rolling the spiral starting on the smaller small end, rolling tightly.




Step 4:

Once the spiral is completely rolled, attach the bottom of the flower using the craft glue.

Step 5:

Insert the toothpick into the bottom of the flower, poking a hole in the paper and pushing the toothpick in through the top.

That’s it! So easy and so cute.

I used them as cupcake toppers, on Valentine’s Day cards and as Valentine’s decor.