Five Dollar Fridays: Floral Arrangements

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Our new Five Dollar Friday theme is floral arrangements. We both know this will be a challenge! But that’s what our Five Dollar Fridays are all about – choosing challenges that we will learn and grow from.

Today I just want to share some tips and tricks of flower arranging – most of which I learned at M.O.P.S. this week from our guest speaker, the owner of four Just Roses locations in Spokane, WA (I’m sorry to say I can’t remember her name). She showed us how easily and frugally we can make our own flower arrangements at home.


  • Cut the stems of roses at an angle when you get them home, and immediately (like, within 5 seconds) put the stem in water.
  • Use a vase that has been cleaned out with bleach to rid the container of any bacteria that will cause the flowers to die sooner.
  • Buying flowers from a grocery store typically means that they have been exposed to gasses that cause them to fade sooner, and they are never as fresh as buying flowers from a florist.
  • Free is good – use greenery from the yard or a walk to lengthen the life of your arrangement and bring visual interest in.
  • Is faux faux pas? Absolutely not. Silk can be mixed with real in the same arrangement.
  • Floral foam will shorten the life of your arrangement. Water is the best thing for your flowers. Use marbles or even a bigger flower like a chrysanthemum to hold the other flowers in.
  • Feed your flowers with the food from the florist. Other things will help if you want to use something from around the house to add to the water – pennies (adjusts PH-balance), a few drops of bleach, or 7-up (to feed them some sugars).
  • When using a mix of greenery with flowers, choose greenery that can stand alone. That way when the flowers fade you can pluck them out and still enjoy the greens.
  • Cluster smaller flowers together, use some floral tape or wire if necessary. This way they will not become overwhelmed by the larger flowers.
  • Think creatively when looking for a container for your flowers. If your container is too large, put a smaller vase inside to hold the flowers, and fill the empty space with something pretty.
  • Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut your flowers before placing them in the vase.
  • Replace the water once it gets cloudy. Too frequent replacement of the water will be detrimental to the flowers, they will get “shocked” by the continual change in PH-balance in the water.


  1. Posted November 12, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Another great tip for vase arrangements- remove every leaf below the water level and keep the water quite high in the vase. Removing the leaves helps the water stay fresher longer and keeping the water level high helps the flowers stay well hydrated.
    Cleaning the vase with bleach is a great trick for Gerber Daisies but I’ve been taught at work to not do that with any other kind of flower. The fuzzy daisy stems collect a very specific bacteria that the bleach eliminates.
    Some really great info in this post!

    • Posted November 13, 2010 at 9:35 am | Permalink | Reply

      Love the expert advice – thanks Kate!

  2. Posted November 13, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Permalink | Reply

    very pretty stuff! Thanks for all the tips and advice!

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