As you probably know from my recent posts, I'm definitely ready for fall and can't wait to really start decorating! I've done a few things here and there but it never feels complete without all those pumpkins around and I haven't bought any yet. But one of the things I love most about seasonal decorating is creating beautiful flower arrangements. However, I hate spending a lot of money! My grocery store has a great selection of beautiful flowers, but for example they want $6 for one single hydrangea stem! One! It's just not worth it to me. Luckily, they do have flowers which I think are pretty reasonable – like tulips! My grocery store sells them 3 bunches for $10. For this flower tutorial I only used 2 bunches. They usually have a bunch of different colors but of course for fall, my eyes zoned right in on the orangey ones. Follow these steps to learn how to make a fall flower arrangement without breaking the bank. And some tips to make it last!
- First things first, gather your materials. I used a round vase that's about medium in size. I have my 2 bunches of tulips there of course, and here's my secret to rounding out a beautiful arrangement – clip some greens from outdoors! They are free and really round out your arrangement while also adding drama. You can clip them as long or short as you need, but I tend to clip long and then snip off some as I need to. I also included a few of my alyssum (those white flowers there) which I have growing in a pot but I really didn't use that much. You will also need scissors and scotch tape to tape a grid on the top.
- You will want to fill your vase with lukewarm water and add in any flower food that you picked up. I didn't pick any up this time but usually I do.
- Now it's time to tape a quick grid across the top. This helps with the overall design and keeps the flowers upright a little better. I've noticed (especially with tulips), some flowers can get kinda droopy from the weight of their flowers. I tape two down and two across. I snip any excess tape off the sides but you really can't see it unless you are thiiiiiiiisssssss close to it.
- To prepare your stems, you want to use sharp scissors and cut the bottoms at an angle. The sharp scissors give you a better cut – which help the flowers take in more water. Dull scissors can slightly pinch your stem at the bottom – that's no good. Now, carefully remove the leaves towards the bottom of the stem that would otherwise be sitting in water – you really want just a stem in the water. You really need to do this step stem by stem. Separating your flowers makes a difference.
- Now you are ready to start placing your flowers. I begin with two flowers in a criss cross pattern in the middle of the grid and then fill in the grid from there. Don't be afraid to snip more off your stems if you need to. Sometimes you will notice they sit too high in the vase.
- Next you can add in the greens – I use them freely to fill in the bare spots and make sure to add some to the outsides to cover the tape grid as well as add that designer fanned out look. I use some long ones as well as short ones depending on where I want to put them.
- (Optional) – Finally, you can add in your third flower (if using). This just punched up any areas that I thought needed it but again, I didn't use that much here. It's that rule of threes at play again – never fails!
While arranging, you want to take frequent steps back to see how the overall design is coming out.
Here are some additional tips for keeping your arrangements looking neat and fresh.
- Change Water Daily
- Use Flower Food Packets, like FloraLife
- Recut Stems Regularly, about 1/2 inch
- Use Sharp Scissors
- Refrigerate overnight
I think this turned out quite beautifully! And for less than $7, you really can't beat it. Now it's starting to feel a little more like fall around here. ☺️