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Thursday
May132010

Guest Post: DIY Flowers...On a Budget

Our final guest blogger is Katie with It's in the Details. Katie is an expert entertainer from Tulsa who helps people create perfect events. Enjoy!

I love a great party and I know Jen does, too.  So I am thrilled to be guest posting for her today. 

As a former florist, I love to pick up flowers at the grocery store (I know, gasp!) to use around my house or for entertaining.  It can be kind of intimidating to put something together, so I have a few tips that I hope can help you when you have your next soiree.

Yesterday I went to the market by my house and picked up 15 roses, filler flowers and greenery for a whopping $10.85.  The roses happened to be on sale for $1 a bunch!  Steal! 

When looking for flowers, I always try to get more closed flowers if I want them to last for several days and big, beautiful, open flowers if I need them for an event that evening.


I always like to start with some greenery just to create a base. I love the look of hosta leaves in my arrangements, and I just cut these from my yard.


From there I start building my arrangement.  I usually begin with one type/color of flower.  Here I started with the red and yellow roses and added the greenery that was included with the roses.


One of the biggest flower tips is to makes sure your flowers are proportioned to the vase.  It is okay to cut those long stems.  Worst case scenario, you can always put it in a little bud vase on its own.


I always think that ribbon can make a vase. Since this is more of a rustic/outdoorsy look, I would recommend a raffia tie around this to bring it all together.

I hope this inspires you to try to do your next floral arrangement for your next party or event!

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Reader Comments (8)

I'm very impressed! Thanks for the tips!

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Simplicity

What a great tutorial...totally sounds like something even I could do! :) Thanks!

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Love the idea of the hosta leaves! I have so many and will definitely be using that this summer!

May 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRenée

I really love to see this post and I am glad to find your distinguished way of writing the post. Thanks

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAhmedabad Flowers

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August 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpune Flowers

what a great post. I really like it.

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaipur Flowers

I would greatly appreciate your writing skills and can expect few more article in near future.I will definitely like to visit you site for more useful readings.

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIndore Flowers

Very resourceful. Thanks for the tips.

October 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaz

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