Cheap n’ easy floral arrangements from my garden

I’ve long been a fan of DIY floral decor. Whether it’s fresh-cut flowers from your own garden or other botanicals foraged from your yard, bringing the outdoors in is a cheap and easy way to chic home decor. Here are some of the creations I’ve come up with the last few weeks:

Here are the Flower Carpet Amber roses I put in a floor vase (since the vase leaks, I stuffed it with paper towels and nested an empty mayonnaise jar in the top to hold the water for the blooms!)

I’ve seen designers wrap broad leaves like hosta and banana around the inside of a vase, so I tried it myself with the foliage of my Tropicanna Gold cannas. (I found it helps to fill the water high and then use the water as an “adhesive” to stick the leaves to the glass). Then I stuck a full bouquet of Tropicanna Black leaves inside. Three weeks later, the water is still clear (I didn’t know cannas have antimicrobial properties that “clean” the water!)

Repurposing everyday items as containers is half the fun – you’d never know these Tropicanna Gold canna leaves and black-eyed Susans are actually arranged in an ice bucket!

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Speaking of repurposed containers, here’s some Volcano White phlox blooms “sprouting” out of a wineholder made to look like a shoe (I laid down a folded strip of wet paper towel first to keep the blooms watered).

Since I never got around to buying tealight candles for this patio table candle holder anyway, I filled each with water and used them as tiny vases for some more Volcano White phlox blooms.

And here’s the Volcano phlox in my favorite impromptu container – a cobalt-blue Saratoga water bottle.

So, what flowers and foliage do you like to bring in? What do you use as containers for your arrangements? Post a comment and tell me about it!

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2 Responses to Cheap n’ easy floral arrangements from my garden

  1. Graciebelle November 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    Great idea to use the Tropicanna and other foliage leaves – never would have thought of it looks like they could become instant bouquets.
    Thanks for this tip

  2. flores lima January 2, 2013 at 4:25 am #

    Very good pictures, each of which highlights the details of the bouquets, and I see a lot of variety, very good post.

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