My favorite flowers are dahlias:
This arrangement isn't by me. I'm just showing you how pretty dahlias are.
I really wanted to get those, but the first stand we went to didn't have any, so I assumed no one else would either. I just bought some zinnias for $6. It was cheap, that's good, but I was sad when I saw beautiful dahlias later on. Maybe next weekend...
Here's what I did. I've done some reading on what you're supposed to do to make them last longer, and these were the things that I remembered.
First I pulled off all of the leaves.
Then I clipped off the ends of the stems under running water, and put them in a vase with water.
I used half of them to make a bouquet, and half for a centerpiece. The centerpiece is awesome, and exactly what I want. The bouquet needs some practice - but that also has to do with me not loving zinnias. Next time I'll definitely make sure to buy the right type of flowers.
Here are the centerpieces:
Thank you Ikea for 100 tealights for $4!
I love them! They'll look even better with roses and dahlias. I don't really have detailed instructions. I just cut the stems to the right length, and put them in the mason jars (which is what I want to use at our wedding. I need to start collecting 3 different sizes for each table). It was easy :)
For the bouquet, I taped together groups of 3-4 flowers with floral tape (err, duct tape. I need to buy floral tape).
Once I had enough smaller groups of flowers, I taped them all together into a larger bouquet at the top and bottom.
This bouquet has about 30 zinnias and it's smaller than I'd like. I would have added more but I wanted to save enough for the vases.
I wrapped the stems with ribbon that I had already, and secured it with a pin. I'll buy prettier ribbon later.
I think it went pretty well for my first go at DIY flowers! I'm confident that this will work out and we'll save hundreds of dollars.
I spent about an hour or less on this. I think with more people we should be able to do more centerpieces quickly.
I'm actually looking forward to doing this with my mom - I think it'll be fun :)
P.S. click here for my list of 100 goals to accomplish before my 30th birthday (buy flowers at the farmers market was one of them).
Update: I put these together Sunday and it's now Tuesday. They still look good. Yay :)