I think having fresh flowers in your home is one of life’s simple pleasures. I tend to buy them all spring and summer, but it’s a little harder in the winter. I mean, everything outside is dead so I don’t really have greenery on the brain. That’s such a shame though! There are so many gorgeous winter flowers that are totally worth having on your shelf. Plus, this is a prime time of year for hostess gifts, and who doesn’t love receiving a gorgeous bouquet?
I’ve mentioned it on here before, but my mom actually teaches floral arranging workshops so I asked her to help me create one for under $20. Read on for a step-by-step guide to creating an easy winter bouquet:
We went to Whole Foods and spent $18 to buy one bunch of greenery and one small pre-made bouquet. We chose the pre-made bouquet because it had a few “focus flowers” (more on that below) that we wanted to use, but you can also go from scratch! The 3 main components you need are- greenery, a focus flower, and a few “filler” flowers for added pops of color.
Separate everything out and throw away anything that’s brown, withered, and not pretty. Then, clear all the leaves from the stem that would end up below the water line. (Leaves below the water line will breed bacteria and make your bouquet die faster.)
Start with three stems of greens. Then, arrange them so two cross over and one behind. (See the shape below)
Grab your focus flower! We went with a white rose. You can add as many as you want, but I’d recommend sticking to 3 or less. (See the second photo for placement.)
We used another bold flower to add a pop of color, but we tucked it in the back so it wouldn’t overwhelm the roses.
Keep adding your accent flowers. We added this pretty blue thistle!
Another focus flower! These berries add some pretty red to our bouquet.
You guessed it- more accent flowers. We went with this delicate white flower.
Add in more of your greens behind everything else. This will start to frame all the flowers you added.
We added one more accent piece since we wanted this to be a special Christmas bouquet, but it’s totally optional. This is actually fake, and you can get it at any craft store for $2-3.
Add your last piece- some evergreen! You can buy loose evergreen at any grocery store, or you can ask for the extra evergreen that gets cut off the stem when you buy your tree.
Wrap your bouquet in paper or fabric. My mom already had this paper with the center cut out so we used it, but you can also keep the paper whole and fold it. (Just google “How to Fold Paper for a Bouquet.”) Finish it up with a ribbon and voilå!
We added quite a few different flowers to our easy winter bouquet, but you can also keep it simple! One of my favorite “bouquets” is seeded eucalyptus and hydrangeas, and it looks like you spent way more time making it than you really did. I think the most important thing is to just have fun and experiment! Flowers are meant to be wild and natural so just let them do their thing, okay?
Make sure to pin the image below for future reference!