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Extend the Life (and Look) of a Bouquet

Give 1 Bouquet 3 Looks in 30 days! How to use a generic store bought bouquet and transform it with three unique looks (lasting a month!)

Give 1 Bouquet 3 Looks in 30 days! How to use a generic store bought bouquet and transform it with three unique looks (lasting a month!)

The Husband had gotten me a lovely bouquet of flowers for Valentine’s Day this year.  I have to admit, I only know three to five types of flowers, so I can tell you there were some red roses in the bouquet… and something else?  Either way, he had plopped them into a water filled vase on the dinner table after taking them out of their plastic wrap.  I was super happy he had gotten me the flowers, because I was convinced he didn’t even know it was Valentine’s Day (well, I guess all the displays at the grocery stores might have tipped him off).  Continue reading to find out how I took the standard store bouquet and created an elevated floral arrangement – actually, 3 separate arrangements (that lasted more than a month!).

Give 1 Bouquet 3 Looks in 30 days! How to use a generic store bought bouquet and transform it with three unique looks (lasting a month!)

First things first, I cut all the stems at a 45° angle and made sure they were a good height for the vase.  It was missing a little something to beef it up, so I went through the yard and gathered some evenly sized sticks (ok, it was the middle of winter, so this was a bit tricky, but I was able to rip some off some weedy trees – aka trees that are growing in the middle of nowhere that we don’t want).

Give 1 Bouquet 3 Looks in 30 days! How to use a generic store bought bouquet and transform it with three unique looks (lasting a month!)

I then tried to wipe off all the excess snow, and after the sticks were dry I took them into my spray painting zone (a box in the crawlspace).  I was hoping I had some red or pink spray paint (to match the Valentine’s Day theme) but instead went with a layer of copper, then a thin mist of white on top (which turned out to be a shiny blush colour).

Give 1 Bouquet 3 Looks in 30 days! How to use a generic store bought bouquet and transform it with three unique looks (lasting a month!)

I filled the vase with some water (and the cut flower powder you get in the little packets) and wrapped the clear vase with some silver sparkly paper I had left over from our wedding (and some pink crepe streamers too).  After finding a balloon weight lying around, I decided to take it apart and put the white pieces among the flowers as well.

Give 1 Bouquet 3 Looks in 30 days! How to use a generic store bought bouquet and transform it with three unique looks (lasting a month!)

This arrangement was the biggest, and lasted around a week (meaning, somewhere between 5-10 days).  Eventually, the outer rose petals got a bit wilted and dark looking, so it was time to condense the arrangement into something smaller.  It was also a bit tricky to move the vase around since the crepe streamers would slide around whenever I picked it up from the sides.

Give 1 Bouquet 3 Looks in 30 days! How to use a generic store bought bouquet and transform it with three unique looks (lasting a month!)

It was time to take out all the dead and dying greenery, and in the photo above you can see the pieces of balloon weights I was talking about (the white stringy things in the front, and the iridescent “branch” in the back).  DIY/PRO Tip: To make roses look fresher, you can easily just remove the outer petals that have started to brown (and they will probably start getting loose anyways).

Give 1 Bouquet 3 Looks in 30 days! How to use a generic store bought bouquet and transform it with three unique looks (lasting a month!)

Because I would be condensing the size of the arrangement, I got out a smaller vase and had to cut the stems once more.  I would recommend that you cut at least an inch from the bottom to ensure maximum freshness, but because I was going to a short vase, I had to cut a bit more off (again, at a 45° angle).

Give 1 Bouquet 3 Looks in 30 days! How to use a generic store bought bouquet and transform it with three unique looks (lasting a month!)

I discarded the white balloon weight pieces, about half of the painted branches and whatever other greenery “fluff” they had in the original bouquet; and completely changed out the water from before.  Again, this arrangement lasted around a week, and was much more manageable to move around whenever I had to clear off the table.

Give 1 Bouquet 3 Looks in 30 days! How to use a generic store bought bouquet and transform it with three unique looks (lasting a month!)

Unfortunately, the roses got pretty wilted by now (ie: completely dry) so I had to take them out completely, along with any other wilted pieces.  Now, I also took out as much of the bottom leaves as possible, with my reasoning being that the water goes up the stem, and I didn’t want the leaves to absorb water that could be going to the flowers itself instead.

Give 1 Bouquet 3 Looks in 30 days! How to use a generic store bought bouquet and transform it with three unique looks (lasting a month!)

Now, I don’t have many vases here (actually, just three) so for the final, and smallest arrangement I decided to put them in a clear beer mug.  A nice clear glass cup would have probably been better aesthetically, but I was worried that the weight and top-heaviness of the flowers might easily tip it over (and this beer mug was pretty sturdy!).  Again, I filled it with new fresh water treated with the flower powder, and whichever type of flowers these are have seemed to last a while, as it’s been more than 10 days since I changed it over to this mug.  Some petals are falling down, but I just pick them up – I may eventually go to the glass cup container method, because there are still some super fresh looking flowers left.

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So that’s how I was able to take one grocery store floral arrangement and create 3 different looks within 1 month!  How about you?  Do you have any tips and tricks on how to extend the life of cut flowers?  What about any go-to bouquet “fluff” material (like the painted branches and balloon weight décor I used)?  I’d love to hear your comments!

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