Bouquets on a Budget


I don’t know about you, but one of the things I hate spending a lot of money on is fresh cut flowers. While they are beautiful and artful, they just seem to fade so quickly. Don’t get me wrong, I love fresh flowers and they really add the perfect finishing detail to any space, but I can’t afford a $50 arrangement every week.

So with Mother’s day just around the corner I thought I would create and share some ‘Bouquets on a Budget’.

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Using things I had on hand and some greenery found in my landscaping, I created two flower-shop-worthy arrangements for only $5 a piece!

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And I’m going to share my secrets with you today!

First, I stopped at Wal-Mart and picked up two bunches of tulips for $5 a piece.

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Then I dug through my cupboards and found a couple vases. Don’t have a vase? No problem. Use a water pitcher, an empty mason jar, a drinking glass, or whatever else you may have on hand.

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To compliment my tulips, I needed some greenery… and maybe an extra flower. I scouted out my landscaping to see what was green and blooming.

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I’m obviously not a plant expert, but here’s what I found (starting from the top left) – arborvitae, some purple leaved bush, daylily, a purple flower bachelors button, sedum, and clematis greens. I told you, I have no idea what some of these things are called. (I also used hosta leaves but failed to take a picture.)

With scissors in hand, I went out and snipped a few pieces of each.

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With lots of greens cut and tulips ready, it was time to start arranging.

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I begin by determining how tall I wanted my tulips to be in my vase. I gave them a quick cut to the length and got work cleaning them up.

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I cleaned off all the leaves that would below the rim of the vase. The leaves peel off very easily with just your hand. No knife or scissors required.

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I then did the same thing with the sedum, clearing off all the leaves that would have been below the rim of the vase. See how much better they look!

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After that, I tucked the tulips in my vase and then filled in with the sedum.

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I repeated the same steps with my arborvitae. I really love the texture and color these give to the arrangement.

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After that I cleaned up my clematis leaves and tucked them into the arrangement. Almost done.

Honestly, this isn’t a very fussy process, just do what feels and looks right to you. Have fun. Be fearless.

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I felt the arrangement needed a bit more whimsy, so I grabbed some of my daylily leaves and tucked them in on either side of the arrangement.

To make this arrangement look truly professional, I grabbed a piece of green gingham ribbon I had on hand and tied it around the vase creating a bow in the front.

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To finish off the tails of the bow, I cut in a dovetail. This can be done by folding the ribbon in half and cutting at a diagonal. I do this to all my ribbon. It really gives it a finished look.

And that’s it!

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One professional looking arrangement, completed within minutes, using a $5 bunch of tulips and some greenery already growing in my yard.

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It doesn’t get much easier than that! Still don’t believe me? Let try another.

First, measure and clean up your tulips.

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I wanted this arrangement to be a bit more colorful, so I’m adding in some burgundy foliage…

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…and some of these purple flowers. See how much better they look after removing all of those leaves? Love that!

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I finished this arrangement by tucking in some hosta and daylily leaves.

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A quick and easy bow (if you can tie your shoes, you can make this bow) for that professional look.

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And we’re done!

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Honestly, it’s really that easy! So easy that you may never pay $50 for another flower arrangement again.

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And this look is so much more casual and less fussy then some of the arrangements you get from the florist. Don’t you think?

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Want to see them set up in my house? You got it!

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Pretty amazing for only five bucks! A welcome and colorful addition to my little sideboard. That odd looking wood piece is a vintage ironing board for shirt sleeves. Remember I picked it up antiquing a couple weeks ago?

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It’s amazing the difference fresh flowers can make in a space. And now, they are even affordable!

How about one more picture of me an my pink shorts? Which, by the way, I picked up at Target and totally love!

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Happy, happy Mother’s day!Inspired By Charm

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  • Nikki at

    This is my first time on your blog! I love your creativity 🙂

  • Stephanie at

    This is obviously an older post, but I just caught it on Pinterest. Grocery store flowers are my life (I just started blogging and actually did a lil post on it). This is awesome though, thanks for the pointers haha and I like how you crossed out purple flowers, because I had no clue what I was talking about either.

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    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I love this! Your arrangement looks fabulous!!

      xo Michael

  • Tabitha at

    Very simple and beautiful! Great job!

  • Comeca Jones at

    I love that your 5.00 projects always look like a million!You are so creative!

  • Janna Banana at

    Those arrangements look awesome! Thanks for the tips! I would love to know the name of the color on your walls in the antique ironing board photos?! Love your blog!

  • SHERRY HART at

    Both of those flower arrangements are beautiful…

  • Tresa at

    I am a new follower, YAY! The flower bouquet is just perfect. Thank goodness there are people like you who willing to share their vision. I have very little decorating sense. Thank you!

  • rebeccabjorum at

    Super cute! I never thought of nabbing some daylily or hosta leaves. Awesome ideas as always!!

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