Easy Flower Arrangements From The Grocery Store

Apr 15, 2016

One thing I have learned as I have gotten older is what a difference fresh flowers make in our home and in my mood. I used to think of them as a total ‘waste’ of money and unnecessary until I started picking up whatever was affordable at the grocery store and noticing how much happier it made me. In general, I think live plants and flowers brighten a home and I continue to add more and more fresh elements. I know I talked about some houseplants you can keep alive in a city and am proud to say our new guy Henry (he’s a tall palm) is doing great and  thriving in his new home!

flower arrangement at home

I am by no means a florist or professional but I have come to love arranging whatever I can snag at the store to make our vases look full and unique. I thought I would share a couple quick tips I have picked up along the way and please share yours!

coffee snob mug

arranging flowers

1. Pick Your Palette:

As far as store flowers go Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods are usually my favorite! Tulips and roses are always a steal at Trader Joe’s and I am a sucker for peonies and ranunculas at Whole Foods. If you don’t care about color palette I reccomend just grabbing whatever is most affordable and fresh. Blooms that are a little more closed are better so they can bloom in your home and aren’t already dying out. Make sure to grab some fun filler as well – I love the light green pieces that look like succulents almost and the long green leaves are beautiful too.

arranging flowers at home

measuring flowers at home

arranging flowers at home

2. Choose Your Vase

Once you have chosen a few bunches decide what you want to arrange them in. I love trying to make a tall and short vase full but simple shapes and sizes are best!

trimming flower stems

cutting flowers at home

3. Trim The Stems

Lay your flowers & fillers out and separate them into 3 bunches. Trim the first set to be twice the height of the vase, then the second set a 1/2 inch shorter & the 3rd set a 1/2 inch shorter than the last. This will add some good volume to the arrangement without being too drastic. Make sure to remove the leaves from the bottom of the stems leaving the ones closer to the bud. Set these extra leaves aside.

removing leaves

arranging flowers

4. Layer The Colors

Depending on how many colors you have I like to start with one center shade and later another around it in a circle. You can alternate that until you have used all your pieces and then piece in the green fillers. I like to have them surround all the flowers and then stick them into the center of the arrangement where appropriate.

arranging flowers

flower vases

5. Secure Everything

Once you have your arrangement how you like it you can secure the small bunch with a rubber band and  then use the leaves set aside to cover the band. The taller arrangements will generally fan out on their own so should be okay. Place the flowers in warm water with any food you may have and leave in some sunlight!

floral arrangement

easy homemade flower arrangement

You should have a simple but unique arrangement that is sure to cost under $15! Let me know your favorite grocery store flowers and if there are any tips I’m missing!




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  1. Jess Zimlich says:

    I love that you named your plant haha…too good. My succulents I kept alive for years finally bit the dust a few months back, ugh! I’ve been trying to buy flowers as often as possible because I love having the extra color in our apartment 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    26 and Not Counting

  2. Sed Bona says:

    Love this post Shaheen! All the flowers I shoot with are from Trader Joes or Whole Foods and it’s so much fun to try and mix and match textures like you have here.


    Ashley || Sed Bona

  3. Clearly I’m stalking you and commenting on every single post I missed while away, hahaha. BUT THIS IS SO PRETTY, SHAHEEN! When I first moved to Chicago, I told Mitch I was going to have fresh flowers in the house every week. Guess how many times that’s happened? Literally twice, hahaha. This is inspiring me! (Also Mitch brings this up and laughs over it all the time, so I need to start proving him wrong, hahaha.)


    Kelly | Kelly in the City

  4. John Merry says:

    I’m glad that you mentioned finding a florist that has a good reputation in the community. I have been looking for someone to send flowers to my wife, for our anniversary. I can see how it would be nice to choose someone that is well liked by the community. That way you know that they offer quality services