Flowers make even the worst days a little brighter. I always try to keep fresh flowers in my apartment — it’s something I picked up from my mom, who always has beautiful handmade arrangements around the house. The other night, after a particularly crappy day, I bought a small bouquet of roses at Trader Joe’s for $7.99. Usually, I’ll find a few smaller bouquets with colors that work well together and then combine them in a more interesting arrangement, but I liked the rich colors of these flowers so the job was halfway done. Here’s an embarrassingly simple guide to arranging flowers at home:
- Personally, I like using cube vases like this one for a more modern feel. (Tip: If you’re using a glass cube vase, wrap a large leaf around the inside of the vase as a kind of “lining” to disguise the flower stems – here’s a video about it.)
- Cut the flower stems short, so they’re about a half-inch taller than the container (you can always trim if necessary).
- Strip any leaves or thorns that will be submerged in the water (this causes bacteria in the water, which ends up killing the flowers faster).
- I arranged the roses by hand before placing them in the vase and loosely tied a rubber band around the stems to keep them in place (you can also use a floral foam block to keep flowers secure).
- After placing the small ‘bouquet’ in the water and adjusting the heights of the flowers as necessary, I placed what I like to call “accessory flowers” (wheat-looking sprigs, purple flowers and leaves) around the core of roses.
This is (laughably) easy, but it’s an inexpensive way to bring some color and fresh flowerpower into your living space. Place some mini pumpkins (even better: glittered pumpkins!) around your arrangement to enhance that autumnal look. P.S. I love the word “autumnal”.