I love fresh flowers! Flowers instantly make the air feel cleaner, add a spark of color to the room, and connect the space to the outdoors in ways few other things can. What I don't love is spending a gazillion dollars on flowers, which is very easy to do. Also, let's be honest: I don't like to be inconvenienced. Even if I were willing to pay more, if the flower shop is another stop, it's probably not going to happen.
That's why I especially love grocery store flowers. Whenever I have a little extra room in my budget, I grab a bouquet. Now, I know grocery store flowers get a bad rap for being cheap. That's because they are cheap. But I don't want to spend much more than $5 on something that's going to die in a few days. And I've figured out two easy ways to make these less-expensive bouquets look way pricier.
1. Cut the stems way down.
My main problem with grocery store bouquets is that if you leave them as-is, those long spindly stems make the bouquet look sparse. And sparse feels cheap, like you can't afford to buy enough flowers to fill a vase. So while you already know to cut the stems a bit to make the flowers last longer (cut them at a 45-degree angle and the flower has even more surface area to suck up water), cut them more than just an inch or two. As in, cut them down by about half the height.
2. Then, use a smaller-than-usual vase.
If you cut the stems almost in half and stick your bouquet into a shorter-than-usual vase, the flowers cluster together with no empty spaces. (You can use a drinking glass if you don't have anything super short.) You'll end up with a shorter arrangement, but it looks like you intentionally got a small-but-very-full bouquet.