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MAKE IT // An Easy Spring Bouquet

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

My mom reminded me of something this week - no matter how dark and cold the winter gets, spring always comes.

And, I finally feel like it's spring in my life, both literally and figuratively. To celebrate my current situation, I picked up some cheap flowers at Trader Joes and decided to put together a simple spring bouquet. (Because nothing says "Goodbye winter!" like a fresh flowers.)

I don't claim to be any sort of florist... but I have picked up a few tips over the years. And, since we could all use more flowers in our lives, I thought I'd share whatever knowledge I have.

To start, you'll need a few things:

I choose daffodils because they were cheap ($1.99 a bundle!) and they only bloom in the spring. Then, I picked out the irises - because blue and yellow look really pretty together.

In simple arrangements like this, the blooms in the middle should be higher than those on the sides. So, I started by randomly picking a few flowers for the middle. Then, when I added flowers to the sides, I placed them lower than the ones in the middle (sort of like building a pyramid from the top down.)

When I was satisfied with where everything was situated, I tied twine around the stems so they'd all stay in place. And, twine looks pretty through a glass vase (ribbon would be cute too!)

Then I cut the stems. I wanted the blooms to sit just above the lip of the glass. So I measured the stems to make sure I cut them in the right spot.

Finally, I added water to the bottom of the vase (but made sure it didn't touch the twine.)

As the buds open, they'll start to fan out over the glass in a really pretty way.

Now, how easy was that?


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