Variations of a Store-Bought Bouquet

You may not have guessed this just yet, but I’m the type of person who loves having fresh flowers in the house, preferably year-round. Our garden pumps out blooms from mid-spring through the first hard frost, which is nice for decorating, but November thru March are unaccounted for. It’s during this time that I try to find seasonal items to purchase at reasonable prices (I’m not a crazy person) for an extra pick-me-up during those cold months.

I often overlook those bouquets that have a mix of blooms already, opting instead for bunches of flowers containing a single variety and then combining the different varieties together on my own. But there is absolutely nothing wrong with buying a pre-packaged bouquet. You can actually create different looks when going this route. Here are a few examples, all made from two identical bouquets I purchased. I also spent less than $20 on the two bouquets and the ranunculus (bonus!).

As is: Simply unwrap and unbind the flowers, cut at least 1/4 inch off the stems at a 45 degree angle, and place the whole bunch in a vase with cold water. For trimming the stems, I used gardening pruners. That is all I did. I didn’t move any flowers around, just threw them in the vase. Voilà!

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Re-arranged: Don’t be afraid to use your creativity here! Start with a vase filled with cold water and place greenery in the vase first. I then added mums, alstroemeria, and roses. As I added each item to the vase, I cut the stem at a 45 degree angle to the length I wanted. I kept rearranging and cutting as I went, in order to achieve the desired look. If I found flowers with broken stems, I placed them to the side to use in a smaller vase.

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Mix-and-Match: For the arrangement below, I mixed in additional flowers that I bought separately (white ranunculus). You could even add foliage, flowers, and branches from your garden to add a more personal and seasonal flair.

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Deconstructed: You can make a statement by dividing the flowers up into smaller arrangements. Try all of one flower type or mix different blooms in multiple vases. Scatter the vases around or group them together for visual impact. This makes your money stretch further and adds cheer to several rooms in your home. Flowers everywhere + heart emoji!

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Which one do you like the most?

6 Comments

  1. Stevie said:

    Oooohhhh, love them both. I’m more deconstructed kinda girl myself, but also that’s because I am terrible at arranging. I learned about three or more random tips reading this, fyi. Answer me this, what is the proper ratio of heighth of vase to heigth of flower? I can never figure out how tall the flowers should be.

    January 31, 2016
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  2. thistleandvine said:

    Love deconstructed myself! I’ve just placed flowers in nearly every room of my house and that is just what this rainy day needs. Good question on the height! I’m a big fan of “some rules are meant to be broken.”, so take this with a grain of salt. Flower stems should be no more than one and a half to two times the height of your vase.

    January 31, 2016
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  3. Andrea said:

    I love the deconstructed! I’m in love with that white bouquet and would like one in every room!

    January 31, 2016
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    • thistleandvine said:

      I don’t think ranunculus get enough credit or love. Layers and layers of delicate paper-like petals and their stems often have a twisting, curvy shape, which makes them even more striking. They come in a variety of colors but I’m really liking the white!

      January 31, 2016
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  4. Laura said:

    Once again, I’m telling you girl “You’re brilliant”!

    February 7, 2016
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    • thistleandvine said:

      Thanks for the kind words! LOVE YOU!

      February 7, 2016
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