I’m more of a plant person than a flower person. The thrifty one inside me can’t see the sense of spending a ton of money on something that will need to be thrown away sooner than later. But there are certain occasions when I think flowers are a must, and weddings are one of them. So when some dear friends asked for some help with their reception decor, I talked my way into planning and creating the florals. (Does anyone else do that?) Before last Saturday I had only done a few floral arrangements, but I’ve learned some tricks that gave me the confidence to tackle this project, all on a tight budget.
The key to this budget-friendly arrangement is using a handful of other natural items along with flowers. Flowers are expensive. Leaves and grapes? Not so much.
You will need: roses, snowberries, sweet gum branches, grapes, a vase, gold spray paint, scissors, and 1/4″ clear floral tape.
Start by spray painting the outside of your vase and letting it dry. I picked up a bunch of glass vases from the thrift store for around $1 a piece. Once you’ve tried an arrangement with a floral tape grid, there’s no turning back. This is the secret to getting the flowers to stay where you place them, and it’s totally worth the extra prep work in the beginning. You can try cutting scotch tape into skinnier strips, but it does not have the staying power that the real thing has. I don’t make an arrangement now without this stuff, and one roll of it will last a really long time.
I like to start with the bigger items first and then fill in with the smaller as I go. First, cut and place 3 to 5 roses in your container, grouping some together.
Next cut and place some snowberries. I kept these a bit long for some height and a more organic look. Natural arrangements are very on-trend and that’s great for those of us who aren’t pros. It’s a much more achievable look.
I then used the spray paint to haphazardly gild some of the leaves. You don’t want to completely cover them, just add a bit of shine here and there. After several hours of gilding inside, I’m shocked to announce that my clothes were paint free. That NEVER happens. I did have quite the headache though.
Insert the leaves.
Now, you’ll notice there are some gaps where you can see the tape.
I cut up grapes in bunches of 5 to 7 and filled the holes with the bunches. Extra points if you can get a bunch cascading down the side of the vase a bit.
It’s a simple arrangement that gives a fresh nod to fall, all on a really great budget – less than $10 an arrangement.