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How to make inexpensive flower arrangements

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[MUSIC PLAYING] Hi. I'm Rebecca Cole for howdini.com and I'm going to teach you how to make fantastic arrangements with the inexpensive flowers you can get at a grocery store or deli. You want to pick a nice, tight color palette. It's kind of like choosing your outfit for the day. Though you have beautiful colors in the closet, you wouldn't want to wear them all together. Same with flowers. So I've picked a nice color palette of yellows and pinks. Kind of purplely pinks. A little splash of white. And I'm going to buy a whole lot of each thing. So for instance, once I fall in love with this as my green or yellow background, I'm going to get quite a few bouquets of them. The nice thing about supermarket flowers is that they usually last a really, really, really long time. So they are carnations and mums and things that are really long lasters. I love to use kind of old antiquey things. This one is porous though. Water would have come out of it. So I've just placed a little vase inside it with the water in. So that's holding the water and also keeping it clean. Put the flower freshener in. And now we're going to start building our arrangement. I'm going to take-- since I didn't really like any of the greens at the grocery store today, I decided to use this as my base. Do a quick strip of the leaves, put them in. I'm going to do them all. Kind of a little low. Now you see how the flower starts about there and my vase starts about here? One little trick for a sophisticated arrangements is where the flowers starts is where it should hit the top of the vase. So I'm cutting these down just a little bit more. So we really don't see that kind of not so attractive stem. Another little trick is if you have stems that are really sticking up very, very straight, and you want it to be a little bit more voluptuous a vase, an arrangement, you could take a stem and cut it a little bit shorter and then stretch it across the whole vase rather than all the way down. And you see how it is now sticking out a little bit further. I'll do that one more time. Stick it out straight this way. And now you see we're making a really nice curve. I like to build my arrangements in layers so that each flower kind of stands on its own and is exactly the shape that I want the whole arrangement to be at the end. And you see one of the things that's nice about it is I've taken off some of the not so attractive stems which is going to help the flowers last even longer. But I've also made these little shorter cuts. I have my beautiful base. And you see it looks good all the way around. It's nice and round and beautiful. Now i'm going to pick probably one or two of the flowers and really repeat them. Maybe the white. That's very nice. Look at how nice that is. I actually think I really like that. So once I've chosen my white, I don't think I'm going to go to the deep pink. You see how it's kind of looking a little bit more confetti like if we add this. It's very sophisticated if you keep all the white. And this is just a mum but it's got a really pretty kind of big and fun surprising head that I think is nice. One of the things is a good little tip when you pick your flowers is you want things that are a different scale and size and texture. So these are little teeny tiny flowers in here. So now we've gotten something really big. Right, that already looks really nice. Now we can take our Gerber daisies that come with these straws. And you know, what people often do is they plop them in a vase like that and that's not so attractive. We don't really enjoy the head of the flower very much. And these straws are not at all attractive. And if you take them off, sometimes they're too tall and they'll bend over. But now that we have a nice base for our flowers, these are going to really stay in the place that we want them. And you see, we've got the same color, so we still have our nice, tight color palette, but it's a different size flower head that really helps make the arrangement very, very interesting. The other little tip would be that find some of the flowers that have a curve in them naturally. OK, so this is a straight up one. I'm going to put that more in the center of the arrangement. Whereas the one with the curve, I'm going to use for my edges because I want those to curve out. There you go. All right. Now don't you feel like you're in the south of France? Very sophisticated, very simple, very beautiful, and all just from a supermarket.

Video Details

Duration: 5 minutes and 7 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Touchstorm, LLC
Director: Howdini
Views: 97
Posted by: howdini on Oct 3, 2011

You don’t have to spend a fortune to make a beautiful bouquet. Supermarket flowers can make a sophisticated arrangement if you follow a few simple rules. Floral designer Rebecca Cole shares the tips you’ll need to make a bouquet that looks like a million dollars.

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