There is a bit of stigma when it comes to flowers purchased from the grocery store. Old, ordinary, overpriced, and boring are just some of the terms I've heard. Sometimes these things are true, but with some careful choosing, there are plenty of ways to make an extraordinary and chic arrangement out of grocery store flowers. In this DIY, I've have chosen some very ordinary items and a plain glass bowl that can be purchased at any craft store.
- Floral shears/scissors
- Round 8" glass bowl
- Red apples
- Pink mini-roses
- Pink alstroemeria
- Eucalyptus (filler)
- Safari Sunset (filler)
Apples make great floral additions. Green apples, red apples, mini apples - they all have a place in floral design, as do many other fruits. Red Delicious happen to complement the palette of this arrangement really nicely, and add a unique and organic touch to the design. Begin by placing your apples in the bowl - 5 or 6 will be fine, and then add water, filling about 2/3 full.
At most grocery stores, you can find a bundle of greens/fillers alongside the other flowers. I found a bunch that happened to have eucalyptus and Safari Sunset. Separate the eucalyptus, trim, and place it in the bowl between your apples.
Kale is a beautiful green, and comes in many shades. With leaves cleaned up, it looks very much like a rose. Trim the stems of the kale, and pull off any leaves that are wilted or broken.
You can find Alstroemeria in nearly every grocery store all year long. It looks a bit like a tulip, but is less expensive and more readily available. Add some clusters of the Alstroemeria to the bowl.
Another readily available flower is the mini-rose. They look pretty, add volume, and won't break the bank. Pull the leaves, trim the stems, and begin to place them within the arrangement. Asymmetry is perfectly fine, and keeps the arrangement looking natural. Add as many or as few as you find beautiful.
In the last step, the other half of our filler greens is utilized. Trim your Safari Sunset and place a few in selected spots - filling in any hollow spaces.
Voilà - a beautiful grocery store arrangement.
All photography by Heather Zweig Styling, production, and design by Kiana Underwood