Floral How-To: My Top Tips For April’s Arrangement

A $40 flower purchase at Trader Joe’s became… this!

Welcome to another new monthly series (see the dinner party menu series here!) that I’m BEYOND excited to share with you: how-to make beautiful store-bought flower arrangements.

Playing with flowers is honestly one of my very favorite things to do. One day I’d love to have a little coffee/book/flower shop with grab-and-go arrangements… I just love nothing more than a home filled with fresh flowers!

$25 daisy dress // Dear Keaton blue & white vase (20% off with the code AshleyBrooke) // gardening shears

When I typically buy flowers, I head to our local wholesale flower shop, Orlando Flower Market. It’s been my go-to for years and years (they know me by name!), but I know we don’t all have access to a wholesale florist, which can make floral arranging intimidating.

So that’s where the idea for this series came from! I’ll only be using flowers from our local grocery stores: Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Publix, etc… so that you can see how easy it is to create something really special with a handful of flowers from your nearby market.

Also, please note that I am by NO MEANS an expert, I just really enjoy arranging flowers… so if I can do it, you can too! My hope with this series is that it inspires you to pick up some flowers and get creative!

Each month, I will also share my receipt because I think it’s important to see the actual cost breakdown. For this arrangement, I needed something special for Easter week, but I also wanted to keep it under $50. And I was shocked to see just how much I was able to get for $40!

I’m in LOVE with the way this arrangement turned out. So happy, hopeful, and colorful… exactly what I wished for and the perfect pop of spring.

What I Bought from Trader Joe’s (Total $40.41)

1 bunch of garden roses

1 bunch of peony tulips

1 bunch of chamomile

1 bunch of ranunculus

2 bunches of greenery

Floral Arrangement How-To

Below is a quick step-by-step on how I put this bouquet together. But honestly, just grab a few steams and go for it! Truly, this is *so* easy. If you need help, use the below visuals for guidance, but know you really can’t go wrong.

Step 1: Add the largest flowers.

This helps stabilize the arrangement and gives it immediate structure. I used the garden roses first… aren’t they beautiful?

Step 2: Add the accent flowers.

These peony tulips are so pretty! I love that they are the exact same color as the roses but provide a different texture. They give the arrangement much more depth.

Step 3: Add the filler flowers.

I can NEVER pass up chamomile when I see it. They really are just the happiest little flower that will immediately fill out any arrangement.

Step 4: Add first layer of greenery.

Sometimes I opt out of greenery, but I never regret it when I add it in. I just love the way the little puffs of green look!

Step 5: Add the “pop” flower.

As soon as I saw these orange ranunculus I built the entire arrangement around them in my head. I love the whimsical personality they instantly add. SO. FUN.

Step 6: Add the fluffy stuff!

Like I said above, I often leave out greenery, but how sweet does this look? I think it softens up the arrangement and also gives it volume.

What do you think?! I just loved how this $40 arrangement turned out and I really think it looks like a $200(+!) arrangement you’d pick up at a florist any day of the week. Plus, it was such a joy to put together myself!

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. Hi there!
    I loved reading this post; the simple, step-by-step tips were very helpful and inspiring as the spring flower season approaches!

    I’m also a blogger, and I launched my fashion and lifestyle blog, SeaOfStyle.com, a few years ago. I’m looking to rebrand my blog and I wondered how you went about rebranding your blog? I like the colors and graphic design elements of your blog, and I would like to achieve something similar. 🙂
    Thank you!

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