Floral How-To | August’s Tape-Grid Flower Trick

Works every time!

I’m so excited to share with you this month’s flower arrangement, I’ve been really enjoying putting these together for you, and I hope they are encouraging you to try your hand at flower arranging at home! It’s so fun to see what you can do with a handful of simple Trader Joe’s flowers… you know?!

Palm Beach Lately x Sail to Sable dress c/o // shell necklace (similar here) // Monica Rich Kosann locket // Laura Mercier lipstick “Miaia”

I made this arrangement for my sister and brother-in-law as a little housewarming gift for moving into their home last week. When I was racking my brain on what to bring over (wine? food?), flowers seemed like the obvious answer! Because in a sea of boxes to be unpacked, a happy floral arrangement on the kitchen island will really make a house feel like a home.

Also, I love to make these bouquets and give them away, because nothing makes people smile quite like flowers!

What I Bought From Trader Joe’s (Total $32.95)

3 sets of spray roses (purple, dark pink, and light pink)

1 bunch of chamomile

1 bunches of greenery

Floral Arrangement How-To

Two things I want to mention before we get started: 1) I’d highly recommend going to your local Micheal’s craft store to source vases. I have a handful of my favorite shapes and sizes in the garage for flowers at the ready. They have the best vases for prices you can’t beat! 2) The tape trick is my favorite tip for large round vases… it works every *single* time.

Step 1: Make a tape grid.

This is the most important part of this arrangement, and it’s so simple: Just use tape to make an “invisible grid” on the opening of the vase. I like using double-sided stick tape because it’s thinner, but whatever clear tape you have on hand will work!

Step 2: Fill the grid.

Make sure you remove all of the leaves and give the stems a good sharp cut, then place the roses in the grid. I wanted this arrangement to have a sort of ombre effect, so I placed the dark pink roses around the perimeter.

Step 3: Tape holds flowers In place.

As you can see, the tape grid helps prevent the roses from moving around and staying in place. The grid gives you SO much more control over the arrangement!

Step 4: Layer, layer, layer.

Now that the base layer is done, you can start layering the roses in. I went with the light pink roses next.

Step 5: Layer some more!

You are going to do step four again, and this time with the purple roses! The grid is really holding everything in place… like magic!

Step 6: Add greenery.

Honestly, I could have just stopped with the roses, but the greenery was too much fun to pass up! Also, I love the whimsy it adds.

Step 7: Lastly, add charm!

I always like to add a little bit of charm to any arrangement I make, and these teeny tiny little daisies (chamomile) do just that! The arrangement is so much happier with them… don’t you think?!

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Step 8: Enjoy!

Enjoy! Wether you are making this for a friend, neighbor, or family member, just remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect! There will alway be a “front” and “back” to each arrangement and that is more than okay! It’s really more about the process than anything else.

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Voila! This arrangement feels happy and quaint, but also expansive! You really won’t know these were grocery store flowers if I hadn’t told you! I mean, I know I made it, but I’d pay good money for this… much more than $32.95!

Hoping this gets your creative ideas flowing, and if it does, I’d LOVE to see what you come up with. Make sure to tag me on Instagram so I can re-share!

Happy arranging, friends! xx


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  1. I arrange my flowers with a flower grid also. And it works every time. I buy floral, thin, clear, waterproof tape at Hobby Lobby. You can get a 1/4” x 108” for $3.99.

  2. I adore this series, and this arrangement in particular is so fun! Question – how do you go about refreshing the arrangement’s water with the tape grid? Thank you!

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