Gorgeous and full flower arrangements inject colour, sophistication, and polish into every home, but who has the funds to have custom arrangements delivered every week? Though they might not look like much in their plastic bins and buckets, grocery store bouquets are a great, inexpensive option. With a few tweaks and tricks, a pre-made store bouquet or bundle of single-variety buds can be transformed into an Instagram-worthy custom arrangement. Keep scrolling for details!
Pre-made bouquets are often full of a variety of blooms, fillers, and greenery. Start by separating the differing varieties on a flat surface to see what you’re working with. Toss any lacklustre stems, any flowers with petals that look wilted or sad, and any fillers or greenery that you don’t like.
If you’ve purchased a store-made bouquet, you’ve already got a variety of different blossoms, but for added interest, or if you prefer buying bunches of single varieties (say, all roses or all tulips), consider picking up a few bundles of different types of flowers to create a more custom, unique look. Here, a premade bouquet is mixed with a single bunch of Alstroemeria for a unique spin.
When you’re ready to build your arrangement think in threes, both in terms of layers and the specific number of buds. Layer one should be larger items that provide structure and foundation (think: Branches and flowers with stiff or bulky stems). Next, add in the showy blooms—like roses, peonies, or hydrangeas—ideally in groups of three. Your third layer will then be the filler flowers and excess greenery to fill in any gaps.
When trimming the flower stems to place in your arrangement, vary the heights to give your creation some visual interest and movement. A few centimeters here and there is all it takes for major impact.
If this whole idea still seems too tough to execute on your own, simplify. Feel free to use just a few of the buds that came in your premade bouquet, and toss the fillers you aren’t sure how to handle. A small arrangement featuring two varieties of flowers can be just as beautiful and impactful as an overflowing version.