Holiday Floral Arrangement How-To

Fresh flowers are expensive! Have you ordered a bouquet for anyone recently? And those grocery store bouquets, while less expensive, aren’t exactly impressive. But wouldn’t it be nice to brighten up the holidays with some festive flowers? What’s a budget-conscious singleton to do?

What if I told you that you could make your own floral shop-quality bouquets at home for a fraction of the cost? How? By combining small, inexpensive grocery store bouquets of fresh flowers with some artificial stems that you can use over and over again. I took a $5 bouquet that I got at Walmart and combined it with 5 artificial floral stems that I picked up at Hobby Lobby during one of their many 50% off floral sales. The entire bouquet cost me $20 and I can reuse $15 worth of the materials. Try doing that at a floral shop! Here’s what I used:


  • 1 grocery store bouquet (mine has 4 white roses and two small spikes of purple flowers)
  • 2 stems pearly berries
  • 1 stem small green dried-look silk flowers (cut into three separate stems)
  • 1 white glittered branch
  • 1 gold feathery branch
  • Large crystal vase


  1. Start by filling your vase 3/4 to 7/8 with water and emptying the contents of the flower fresh packet into the water.
  2. Cut the bottoms of the stems of the fresh flowers off until they’re the height you want for your vase. Place the fresh flowers in the vase and make sure no leaves or flowers are below the water level. If they are, pull them off.
  3. Arrange your fresh flowers the way you would like them if you weren’t going to add anything additional.

4. Next, start filling in with your artificial stems, placing like stems across from one another and at varying heights. You can bend the bottoms of the stems up to get the right heights.

5. Arrange and rearrange until you get a nicely balanced bouquet that’s visually pleasing.

6. Place the bouquet someplace where you will see it often and it will brighten your day!

Note: Try to buy artificial flowers, greenery and other embellishments that have plastic stems. Paper-wrapped stems will start to disintegrate in the water. If you do get some paper stems, you can wrap them in waterproof green floral tape before using.

    Leslie Kaz, coach for single women

    I help single women get from where they are to where they want to be by overcoming their sadness and starting to live their best lives through mindset and lifestyle changes. Contact me to learn how it’s possible to live a single, blissful life.

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