I've always liked flowers. My love for flowers has grown tremendously as I've gotten older. I love them so much that when we have guests over and they ask if I would like for them to bring something - I tell them to bring flowers...weird...I know.
As I was planning our wedding two years ago this month...wait...the fact that I just typed two years is so crazy to me. It seems like it was yesterday! Anyways, as I was planning our wedding I grew a love for flowers - not only real flowers but also paper flowers. I did the floral for my bridal shower which was fun and I made giant crepe paper flowers to display in the foyer of our wedding venue. I came across the idea online. If you are interested in checking out the tutorial I used, you can check it out here.
I love having flowers around our home. To me it represents life, beauty and I feel it brings happiness to any space. If you are like me and you like to change up your decor, bringing in fresh elements is great. It's easy to change or even move things around.
For my day to day floral I keep things very simple. I typically have fresh flowers on our coffee table, in the kitchen, our master bedroom and even master bathroom. For special occasion arrangements (i.e. birthdays, dinner parties or holidays) I invest more in my floral so that I have larger arrangements that command attention. I usually don't buy any pre-made floral arrangements. I make my own for my home, birthdays, and special occasions. Miguel even knows that if he ever wants to give me flowers he should make his own.
Below are some pictures of what my every day floral looks like along with some of my tips and tricks.
- To get the most bang for your buck - pick up flowers at your local supermarket or farmers market. You can usually find affordable flowers that are in season. A few of my favorites are Hydrangeas, Spray Roses, Roses, Baby's Breath, Gladiolas, Orchids and Carnations. All of these flowers last at least a week which is great.
- Prior to arranging your flowers make sure to trim them down with floral shears and remove any leaves that might be in the water. This will help ensure your flowers last longer. I usually put them in room temperature water and mix in sprite as well as floral food. Be sure to change out the water every few days to help keep it fresh which will help make your arrangment last longer. If it is a clear vase you can put in a drop of bleach to help the water look clean.
- Don't worry about spending a fortune on a vase. Most of the vases I work with I purchase at the Dollar Store. I also like to have a few on hand in case I want to gift a floral arrangement. I like to have a lot of options to choose from. I love drinking tea so I have a few tea pots that I occasionally turn in to floral vases. Other ideas for unconventional vases - used wine bottles, candle containers or even jars. If you don't have a lot of larger vases you can group two or three vases together to create the look of a larger arrangement.
- Make sure to buy flowers that have yet to bloom. This will allow you to enjoy them longer. I love watching them bloom over the course of a few days. Above is an example of what Roses look like when I purchase them and below is what they look like after about a week.
After a few days of displaying the arrangement below, I broke it up in to smaller arrangements and scattered them around the house. I would not have been able to do that if it was in full bloom day one.
- I love grouping big bunches of the same flowers together. It gives an expensive look without having to spend a ton of money. You can even mix a few of my favorite flowers together in a complimenting color scheme to add dimension and make the arrangement look more interesting. I also like arranging leaves or greenery to give a natural look.
I have been really tempted to check out Venus ET fleur which are Roses that last a year!! Crazy right? I might just check them out after the Valentine's day rush is behind us considering they are sold out. For now, I will be using these tips and tricks next week as I make floral arrangements for the special gals in my life.
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