Turn One Bouquet into a Bunch of Arrangements

updated Dec 17, 2019
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Fresh flowers make everything better. They’re vibrant and verdant and they generally smell pretty good, too. They’re lovely as a just-because addition to your kitchen and they’re a wonderful way to dress up your table for the holidays.

Fresh flowers also tend to be rather expensive, especially if you want to add a splash of color in a few different places. Multiple bouquets mean beaucoup bucks — or do they?

Even if you’re no Martha when it comes to arranging flowers (and trust me, I am definitely not), it’s actually really easy to turn one bouquet into a series of beautiful arrangements. Here’s how to do it.

1. Choose your bouquet.

First things first, you’ll need to choose your bouquet. Ideally, you’re looking for one with a variety of colors and textures, and maybe even a showstopper flower that can stand on its own.

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I opted for “The Gemma” from BloomThat, a national flower delivery service which has beautiful (and beautifully packaged) arrangements starting at $32. The bouquet cost $85, which isn’t cheap, but it came with a vase and offered everything I was looking for in terms of blooms.

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2. Collect your “vases.”

The next step is to gather your various vessels. It can be nice to choose “vases” that are similar in style, but it might also work to go for a completely mismatched look — anything goes! You’ll also want a pair of scissors or kitchen shears for trimming.

Besides the one that came with my flowers, I don’t own any actual vases. But I do have Mason jars of various sizes, a few glass milk bottles, and some long-necked bottles of unknown origin. I wasn’t sure what would make sense, so I just collected them all, and filled them about halfway with water.

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3. Sort your flowers.

Once you’ve got everything in one place, open up your flowers and start to sort them. You may later choose to group like with like or mix and match, but as a starting point, separate out all the different pieces so you can see what you have.

As I was sorting, I noticed that my white lily hadn’t bloomed yet and I set my statement flower — for me this was the protea — aside. I also singled out a lone spiral eucalyptus, which I really loved the look of, and noticed the calla lilies and snapdragons were of similar height.

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4. Arrange your flowers.

At this point, it’s really up to you and how you want your flowers to look. You might find a series of monochromatic displays is nice, or you might choose to add each of the different elements to every vase. You may need to do some trimming to make the flowers fit with your assorted vases, or you may choose to arrange by height and have no need for scissors.

I ended up with six different arrangements, each of which could stand on its own. But I also liked how the deconstructed bouquet looked when presented all together.

What do you think of the final look?