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How To Cheaply And Easily Make Your Own Flower Arrangements

These are all the tips and tricks you'll need to make corner-store flowers look like a million bucks.

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Keep an eye out for blooms that fit one of these three descriptions:

- Branchier things, like lilacs, lilies and cherry blossoms

- Attention grabbers, sometimes called "face flowers" (think peonies and roses)

- More delicate, gestural varieties, like ranunculus or anemones (if it looks kinda like it's waving at you, that's a good sign).


The fewer leaves that are left below the waterline in your vase, the better.

Leaves steal nutrients from blooms and can also rot and cause the water to get nasty faster. Be sure to pull off that extra greenery.

Choose a vase.

When selecting a vase, be mindful of the width of its neck — too wide and your arrangement will look sad and sparse; too narrow and the stems will be stiff and uncomfortable. When in doubt, a classic glass canning jar often does the trick. And remember: single stems arranged in an assortment of smaller, mis-matched bottles can have just as much impact as a larger arrangement.


Begin by placing two or three of the more branchy flowers in your vase.

This will help you start to get an idea of the overall shape you want your arrangement to take. Remember, you want to create a sense of width as well as height, so really work those angles.

Now start adding those gorgeous face flowers one at a time, again at differing heights.

Try placing one big bloom right on the edge of the vase, and one at least an inch or two higher. If it looks like your bouquet is growing a pair of eyeballs, give one of those stems a snip - you don't want your vase to stare back at you.

Continue filling out the arrangement, adding in flowers one at a time.

Go slowly, and don't be afraid to take something out and start again if it's not working. No one will judge. When you feel like your masterpiece may be almost finished, try adding in two or three of those longer, gestural stems at an unexpected height or angle to pump up the drama. Experiment and have some fun!

Be sure to keep the water in your vase fresh by changing it daily, and trim stems periodically to help them stay hydrated.

And remember: when your flowers do finally die, it just means you get to buy new ones :)

Siri T.