Dear Trader Joe’s, thanks for helping out a thrifty lady.
I made these two flower arrangements in less than 20 minutes for under $16. With a hydrangea bunch to spare.
What I used:
- 1 bunch of hydrangea (3 stems) $5.99
- 1 bunch of tulips (8) $4.99
- 1 bunch of Dahlias (6 stems) $4.99
- sharp heavy duty scissors
- some mason jars I have lying around
When choosing flowers I just trusted my instinct, but I was looking for healthy plump flowers. I like white and green bouquets, so I was looking for a variety of shapes, textures and sizes.
If you are mixing colours, probably stick to two or three contrasting colours and have less variety in size and texture to create a sense of unity. If you are using similar tones go crazy.
I trimmed all of the stems, just eyeballing the rough height I would want for the arrangements. I started with the focal flower (the hydrangea) and placed the smaller flowers around. I like the tulips because they create dimension and have a stark smooth texture compared to the ruffly hydrangeas.
Then just fill each container with cold water and place in your favorite spot.
I am no expert on the matter, and I am sure there are about 1000 more useful tutorials on line. My only advice is just to have fun with it, and embrace asymmetry.