Happy Wednesday y’all! Congrats on making it halfway to the weekend. I’m super excited to share this blog today (do I say that every week?!) because if I’m being honest, my dream job would have something to do with flowers. Just ask my husband… I ask him once a week if we can start a flower farm.
So today I’m sharing my “recipe” to create a designer style bouquet. It’s pretty simple and fool-proof! I was originally inspired by Erin at Floret Flowers, but she has quite a few more resources than I do. This method is adapted to accommodate those of us without hundreds of acres of blooms to choose from. I bought all my flowers from Kroger, and I was very impressed by their assortment of not just focal flowers like lilies, but also greenery and “filler” flowers. I know that Costco is well-known for their flower assortment, too, but you should be able to follow this method for any grocery store.
Part 2. I am updating this post in February 2021 after my most recent bouquet creation! this second time around I spent exactly $20 at Publix and made a bouquet that would likely go for $40+ at boutique places. I used orange Catawba flowers as my focal flowers, baby’s breath as my filler, stock flowers for my layers, and spray roses and mini carnations for my fillers.
Types of Flowers to Buy
I bought one bunch of fern sprays, but Kroger had eucalyptus bunches and a few other choices.
If you don’t have greenery as an option at your grocery store, you could choose a taller kind of flower to give your bouquet dimension. In the peachy bouquet above, I used stock flowers which are reminiscent of snapdragons.
2. Airy Flowers
I bought one bunch of purple “filler” flowers, which included Statice, Caspia, and Lavender. I was very impressed that Kroger carried this, but a good option that I always see at Publix is Baby’s Breath.
These airy flowers take up space in your bouquet, but also add some dainty, smaller blooms and more texture to your look.
3. Secondary Flowers
I bought one bunch of white Euro Pompons, but you could get pretty creative at this step. Other flowers that I’ve seen in grocery stores that would work well here are Daisies, Chrysanthemums (my FAVE), or Carnations. If you want to make a larger bouquet, you could also buy two different types of flowers.
The key here is to get disc like flowers that are smaller than your focal flowers and larger than your airy flowers.
For the peachy bouquet above, I actually grabbed two different types. I used spray roses and mini carnations.
4. Focal Flowers
I bought one bunch of white Lilies (three stems with three blooms each), but many other flowers would work here, such as Sunflowers, Roses, and Hydrangeas. This flower should be larger than your secondary flowers.
1. Start with your focal flower. This will likely have multiple blooms on one stem. If you are using something like a sunflower, that only has one bloom per stem, use 2-3 stems.
2. Fill in the gaps between blooms with your airy flowers. Extend these stems up to 4 inches above your focal flower. I used 2-3 stems for each bouquet.
3. Insert 2-3 stems of secondary flowers around the perimeter of your bouquet. You may also fill in any obvious gaps with a stem. These should be at the same level as your focal flower.
4. When adding greenery, you can do one of two things depending on what look you want to achieve:
For a completely circular bouquet (good for centerpieces), add 3-4 stems of greenery around the perimeter of your bouquet.
For a bouquet with a flat side (good for displaying against a wall or holding), add 3-4 stems of greenery to one side of your bouquet. If you use Lilies, they will likely be facing a certain direction. Add your greenery to the side they are not facing.
If you are not using greenery but instead a taller flower, add it into your perimeter as you would the above flowers.
5. Repeat the above steps until you are out of flowers.
6. Once you have completed your bouquet, make small tweaks such as raising your focal flowers so they really stand out, and adjusting any crazy sprays from the airy flowers.
7. Cut the stems to your desired level and add a rubber band. Wrap 2-3 in of the stems with twine for extra support. Add water and flower food to a vase and display your bouquet.
8. Change water as necessary.
Quick side note: for a more refined, less boho look, try removing the leaves from your flower stems.
I spent just under $25 for the flowers listed above. Considering I got three bouquets out of this, I probably saved at least another $25, if not more.
You can mix up the kinds of flowers you buy and try different combinations, but if you follow the above “recipe” you should be able to get a designer look every time! With the flowers I purchased, I ended up with three smaller sized bouquets. You could easily adjust to make two medium sized bouquets, or one very large bouquet. The same method applies! I really don’t think I will purchase another bouquet again. Not only does this save a ton of money, you can customize each bouquet and add your own personal touch. It’s a win-win!