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It’s springtime and I’d decorate every corner of the house with beautiful fresh flowers if I could.

I walked by the flower department at the grocery store last week, and realized that you could really spend a fortune on fresh flowers if you aren’t careful. With Mother’s Day and Wedding Season quickly approaching, there are lots of reasons to look at cutting costs on flowers.

So, let’s talk about how we can save on flower arrangements!

The Nester over at Nesting Place did an entire series about using plants around the house and this picture really hit home for me.  Both the rooms above are beautiful, but the one on the left just feels a little stiff, and right one feels so much happier! What a difference a little fresh greenery makes.

The only reason my house isn’t filled with blooms is that live plants can be expensive and they just don’t last long!  Y’all know I always have a few frugal tips to share, so here are a few to save money on fresh flowers.

How to Save on Fresh Flowers

1.  Make your own floral arrangements.

If you’re on Pinterest you might have seen some ideas where you can either use floral tape or Scotch tape to make a grid to hold your flowers in just about any container.  Martha Stewart says to put 1-2 flowers in each square and fill in with the greenery pieces at the end.

I took my girls outside and we walked around our property looking for anything blooming. If you are pressed for time or don’t have a green thumb, picking up a simple bouquet from the grocery store for $5-$10 will also work.  You’re still saving a ton of money by not going to a florist for a simple arrangement.

Another great DIY option that will work for your house, your wedding, or even a tea party:

Form a dome-shape inside a teacup using chicken wire and use it as a mold for small stems. You’ll  find chicken wire at the hardware store and use tape or floral tape to hold it in place.

2.  Get creative with your containers.

Something unique makes a big impact, and that doesn’t have to mean spending a ton of money on an exotic flower.  Think creatively about the containers you use and you won’t have to buy as many flowers.

I love this idea from Coordinately Yours of using a candlestick to hold a single bloom.  The bloom won’t last for long, but it’s great if you’re having a wedding or a party where it will serve it’s purpose in only a night.  You can either put a tiny floral sponge in the opening of the candlestick to keep it in place or just give it some water.

 3.  Use what you have.  

Use an empty wine bottle or ask a local restaurant if you can check their recycle bin for quick, beautiful vases like they made at The French Bouquet.

I also really love just using a bright pitcher for beautiful blooms.  It feels so shabby-chic and it’s a great piece for your kitchen counter or a centerpiece for breakfast.

4.  Enhance what you have.  

If you’re tired of using the same mason jars and vases you’ve been using for years, you can just spruce them up a little instead of going out and buying new ones.

Canadian House and Home posted a great photo of painted jars.  Gather together your old jars, pour some paint inside and roll it around until it covers the entire inside of the jar. Pour out the excess and let it dry.  This gives the jar a great color, but the outside is still nice and shiny and the paint has less of a chance to chip when it’s on the inside.

Tie lace, twine, burlap and other pretty novelties around your jars and vases to add a vintage feel like the one above from Style Me Pretty.

An alternative to using the mason jars is sprucing up old soup cans and paint cans.  The silver cans look great against fresh flowers.

5.  A little goes a long way.

I love using Baby’s Breath around the house because it’s inexpensive and it packs a big punch!

You can either leave it alone in a vase for simple elegance, or use it as a filler in other arrangements.

I like to buy bundles of it when it’s in season, dry it, and leave it in the vases during the Winter.  This keeps me from going out and buying flowers that I love when they’re not in season.  I also really enjoy the look of just a little stem of baby’s breath in a small, delicate container on my night stand.  It looks so dainty and pretty.

So, with all of these ideas hopefully you are inspired to spread some joy around your house with fresh flowers. Do you have ways that you incorporate fresh blooms into your decor? How do you save on fresh flowers?

    • Donna

      A medieval Persian poet wrote:
      “If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft,
      And from thy slender store two loaves alone to thee are left,
      Sell one, And with the dole,
      Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.”

      I love having fresh flowers around too. Thank you for these great tips because I can’t go as far this poet to have them but I like the sentiment.

    • Cathe

      Fresh flowers make me smile. I even put a bud vase with one flower and baby breath in the bathrooms. A smile each morning while brushing your teeth. A bunch from the grocery store can be split up to several arrangements around the house. Even one bloom in a bud vase is smile worthy.

    • e-lane

      Sometimes a big cost mark-up on buying arrangements is due to the vases, etc. I’ve taken a favorite vase of my own to a grocery store counter & asked them to do the best they can for $___ (named my max, maybe $15 or $20 for a really special occasion). It’s helped when I’ve shared the reason/occasion, and I usually end up with something wonderful.

    • Sarah

      Don’t be afraid of the discounted flower bins if you go the route of buying them. Just be sure the petals on the flowers you are buying are not going brown. You still want flowers that are bright and cheery! I never pay full price for flowers, and cut arrangements will still last at least two weeks. Ask the person working in the floral department for an extra pack of flower food before you leave the store, at my store they typically don’t mind.

      When you get home, make sure you cut the stems at an angle (not straight across!) while they’re under running water. This helps them gather more water after they’ve been put in a vase. Be sure to put the flower food in the vase before you add lukewarm water, then arrange the flowers however you would like. When the water starts getting low, go ahead and empty it and bring out that second pack of flower food. Repeat the process, and they will stay beautiful even longer!

    • Lynn

      I have used aspirin too if I don’t have enough food. It helps them last longer along with changing out the water. Usually two weeks. I love doing my own arrangements. And yes, always cut stems at an angle. I buy flowers at Publix. They have good prices & quality flowers. I don’t have a lot of flowers around the house, but we do have plants. My dh is the biggest green thumb. I do arrangements on my buffet in a large pitcher. Usually along with holiday’s or seasons. This is where we enjoy it the most.

      I have bought glass containers at the Dollar stores to make table arrangements. I love the short glass squared ones. We threw a bbq one Sunday for my dh employees at a park. I made about 6 of these and placed them on top of tablecloths. Not only for decor but they helped keep the tablecloths from flying away, and I gave some of them to people who stayed to help clean up.

    • ANGIE FRYER

      I HAVE BEEN MIXING SILK FLOWERS W/ FRESH ONES FOR MANY YRS. THIS COMBO MAKES THE FRESH FLOWERS GO MUCH FURTHER, AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT, NO ONE EVER SEEMS TO NOTICE MY LITTLE TRICK!

    • Whitebt

      Whole Foods has a BEAUTIFUL selection of flowers and their prices are very reasonable!!