Wednesday, November 14, 2012

How to make a Flower Arrangement go the extra mile and other Fall Arrangements

When I have to spend money on flowers , it makes me cringe particularly when I can grow and use my own. This time of the year though presents some challenges when some of my favorites are not in growing season. So when I bought this bouquet for $25.00
(yes, it pains me) the other day at the grocery store, I knew that I wanted to get every bit of my money out of them.

The first arrangement that I made was this centerpiece. You can read more about my Aunt Mable and the centerpiece here.
 


From there I wanted to create a smaller centerpiece for the lunch table. For my base filler I used fresh fruit and then tucked the flower stems in the center to conceal.
And with a few blooms left, I created smaller arrangements for some hostess gifts. I used mason jars and tied them with burlap. I added a few sticks from the yard to create a more rustic, woodsy feel to the arrangement.
 So tell me, how far have you gone with your flower arrangements?

Grateful for-
The beauty from flowers








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18 comments:

  1. Laura, adding the twigs really does add an additional dimension to your arrangement! I love the burlap tied around the jar top, too. I'm in charge of making table arrangements for a benefit, so I'm pinning this idea!

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  2. All of those are so pretty. I like the last one the best. You really stretched that bunch.

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  3. What a great way to use your bouquet! I love the smaller arrangements that you created, especially using the burlap and twigs in a mason jar. I have used miniature pumpkins before to make several small arrangements down the center of the table.

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  4. I love them all! Gorgeous!

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  5. The smaller the arrangements became the more sweet and lovely they became. Not saying the original centerpiece wasn't beautiful, just that the smaller ones are the type I could use and appreciate every day. Its been quite a while since I had flowers in the house, but after the initial day or two of enjoyment, if I wanted to stretch their use to over the weekend, I would pull a few out and put them in water in the fridge, then bring them out again. Works pretty well!

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  6. The arrangements are beautiful! I really like the one with the pears and lemons base! I try to make mine stretch too! Being that flowers have different durations, I pare my arrangements down and/or even split them into smaller arrangements as some begin to die!

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  7. You are so good and your arrangements are so beautiful! Love it.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  8. Gorgeous Laura! I love how the burlap wraps around the flowers like a little scarf ...just lovely ..xo
    Lu

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  9. You always have such helpful hints!! What a beautiful bouquet and gift.
    Meegan
    meeganmakes{dot}com

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  10. I'm with you,Laura- I squeeze every last bit of life out of my flowers- xo Diana

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  11. I've never done a flower arrangement that looks beautiful OR stays alive.

    Bliss

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  12. I'm embarrassed to admit this - but I have gone all the way with my flowers!
    Kelly

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  13. Well not as far as THAT! You are good! Love the little bouquets... filing this one away. :)
    xo Heidi

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  14. These are all so pretty. what sweet hostess gifts. I think I need to rethink my flower arranging :)
    Laura

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  15. And still so super pretty! Take care, Laura

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  16. Gorgeous!!! I love to stretch my "fresh flowers" out also! Have you ever gotten flowers from Costco? Gorgeous and affordable! Great photos. Pinned and tweeted! I'm making sure I am subscribed to email. I don't want to miss a post! Always great inspiration! Love, Me

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  17. Hey Laura thanks for sharing your post. I love such kind of beautiful arrangements of exotic flowers. They are quite glorious.

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  18. i love the burlap and twigs. thanks for the inspiration.

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