There’s nothing quite like a fresh bouquet of beautiful blooms. Timeless, romantic and affordable, they’re the perfect gift for any occasion.
When we’re pressed for time or on a budget, flowers from the supermarket are a quick and easy option. In today’s post I’ll be showing you how to make a shop-bought bouquet look more like a boutique offering!
Go for complimentary colours
Choose complimentary colour combinations when picking your flowers – take five minutes out of your food shop to bunch a few bouquets together and see what looks good! For mine I opted for pastel shades – pretty pinks, soft peaches and a dash of lemon. Have a scroll through Pinterest/Instagram for inspiration and have fun being creative.
As soon as you get your flowers home, pop them in some tepid sugar water. They’ll be tired and thirsty after their journey from the shop! Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle – this will allow them to absorb more. Also, make sure to chop any foliage that rests below the water line. This will keep your bouquet looking neat and help prevent bacteria.
Allow your bouquet to sit for several hours (preferably overnight) before arranging.
Don’t forget your greens
Foliage will help bulk up your bouquet whilst adding interest and texture. Eucalyptus is my favourite; I also love myrtle and lemon leaf. You can always have a forage in your own garden, too – you never know what you might stumble across!
Don’t be afraid of artificial blooms!
Artificial flowers can be an amazing addition to a bouquet. They’re fantastic if the particular flower you want is hard to source or a little on the pricey side. The eucalyptus in my bouquet pictured is fake – I picked a few stems up from my local florist for a couple of pounds. Other places I like to look for artificial flowers are garden centres, cheap homeware stores (Wilkinson’s/B&M/Primark) and eBay/Etsy.
Now for the fun part – it’s time to arrange your bouquet! YouTube has some amazing videos for reference and they’re so therapeutic to watch. Have a play with your flowers until your happy with your arrangement and then secure them with a piece of twine. Wrap your bouquet in brown craft paper/tissue paper or cellophane and tie with a ribbon to finish. You can also attach a card for that extra touch!
And there you have it! A beautiful, homemade gift that looks elegant and luxurious. Not to mention it’s super easy to put together and a fantastic creative outlet. Let me know if you give it a try! x