So you may have noticed that it snowed a few days ago in Chicago. Yeah.. about that. I'm trying not to complain since unless Storm from X-Men is real, there's not much we can do about this weather. I was thinking of ways to cheer up (deciding what winter coat to wear was not helping) and thought a good bunch of flowers would do the trick. If you have a few of these basics already at home then next time you are at your local grocery store or market, pick up some flowers on the way out.
This is super easy and would make for a great hostess gift or centerpiece.
Ribbon or twine or any fun pretty fabric
Jars or vases (you can use the similar ones like I did or mix it up with different styles)
*You can find mason jars for pretty cheap at most craft stores. Also find them online here.
Flowers (go nuts with whatever you like but tulips felt very spring-like to me)
My tips when putting together your arrangement:
As tempting as it is to get flowers that are fully bloomed, it's actually best to buy them when they are closed, they will last a bit longer and bloom when you get them in water (so unless you have a dinner party in 30 minutes, resist).
When you are trimming the stems make sure to cut them under cold running water at an angle. If you get a flower that has a milkier sap (Sunflowers, etc) you can actually put a match to the bottom of them and burn the edges to seal them in. If you get a flower with a branch stem, cut in a half inch down the center to let more water soak into them.
Make sure to trim any leaves on the flower stem that will be under water and if you have a floppy flower, like my tulips here, you can insert a small pin just under the flower which will help keep it from drooping.
And just in case...
Who doesn't like flowers? If you don't have any jars or vases to play around with, think about gifting a bouquet. Buy several different bunches of flowers, take off the plastic and re-arrange them together however you think looks best. Then wrap them up in butcher paper and tie it with a ribbon. Instant pretty "market style" bouquet!