6 winter flower arrangements you can make using store-bought flowers

6 winter flower arrangements you can make using store-bought flowers

This festive winter flower arrangement makes the perfect centerpiece for your holiday table. But you don't need to spend a fortune on pre-made floral displays to impress your guests. Grab some bouquets from the grocery store, find sharp scissors, and follow our tips for creating gorgeous holiday-ready arrangements yourself.

First, make sure the vase or container you choose is clean, then fill it with warm water. Mix a bag of pink food or a spoonful of sugar with a teaspoon of white vinegar or bleach to help control bacteria. Next, cut the freshly cut flowers under running water using sharp scissors, flower snips or hand shears. Cut the thick green stems at an angle. Cut woody stems with X-shaped cuts. At the same time, remove any foliage that falls below the water line. To make sure your winter flower arrangements last as long as possible, change the water every couple of days, and cut back spent flowers immediately. Display the flowers in a cool area away from vents and away from direct sunlight.

Jason Donnelly

When making an arrangement from scratch, fresh greenery adds the perfect professional finishing touch. The list below includes some of our favorites (also pictured above, from left) to mix with your purchased packages. Find these evergreen options (and more) at most local grocery or flower stores. Or you can peek out your window and clip it from a nearby tree.

  • Red juniper plant: These woody stems add a little color to any bouquet with a sprinkle of red berries.
  • Silver Bronya: Perfect for adding a wintery touch to your arrangement, these silver ornaments are typically sold in sets of two or three stems.
  • Green St. John's wort: Similar to its red cousin, the green Hypericum berries are long-lasting and add texture to your bouquet.
  • Miscellaneous Pittosporum: Technically a shrub, its variegated, rounded foliage helps fill arrangements with a double dose of green.
  • Scotch Pine: Nothing says holiday quite like pine nuts. Take trimmings from a nearby tree to fill out and finish your arrangement.
  • Bells of Ireland: These unusual pieces add height and a modern feel with their curvy stems.
  • Eucalyptus seeds: All eucalyptus varieties are great as greenery additions; Eucalyptus seeds have strong, flexible stems that work well when mixed with other flowers and greens.
  • Men's balm: An added bonus of incorporating balsam fir into your bouquet? The piney holiday scent that comes with it!

Use these clever container tricks to turn cheap grocery store flowers into magical centerpieces.

Jason Donnelly

1. Vintage-inspired floral arrangement

Mismatched glassware is key to a collected centerpiece. Fill each cup about halfway full with water, trim the stems, and place one cup per cup. For the flowers and greenery, we mixed red carnations with white roses, green spider mums, evergreen sprigs and eucalyptus.

Jason Donnelly

2. Unexpected winter flowers

Hydrangeas may not seem like a traditional addition to holiday arrangements, but when mixed with red roses and winter silver hydrangeas, they certainly look the part.. Place the hydrangeas first in a tall jug. Nest roses and berries among the flowers to complete the display. Look for flowers that can be separated when purchasing bouquets at grocery stores. We chose red roses and hydrangeas that will be easy to separate and rearrange.

To keep hydrangeas looking fresh: When the flowers begin to wilt, cut at least 1 inch off the stem while under running water and get into fresh water immediately.

Jason Donnelly

3. Central poinsettia

Larger, in this case, He is better. One large poinsettia plant steals the look of this arrangement, while fir branches and hypericon stems are tucked in the back to support the star. Add a floral frog (or make your own from a ball of chicken wire) to prop your focal blooms front and center. Fill in behind the poinsettia with stems.

Keep it in this arrangement where your furry friends can't nibble on it – poinsettia leaves can be toxic to pets.

Jason Donnelly

4. Arrange the decorations

While this winter flower arrangement looks ornate, it's actually very simple! Form a floral support from a ball of chicken wire to fit the container. Starting in the middle of your container, cut the stems at the support, ending with shorter stems around the edge. We used green spider mums, white carnations, green hellebores, and bells of Ireland in our display. Accentuate the arrangement with green embellishments adhered to floral pieces.

Jason Donnelly

5. Green holiday centerpiece

A mix of greens found in grocery stores makes up the majority of low-rise winter flower arrangements. They include white spider mums, white roses, variegated pittosporum, seeded eucalyptus, and short-needle pine. Find a short, wide vase and add a floral frog or a ball of chicken wire to fit the container. Cut the stems short and at an angle. Green plants stem from the support, add flowers, and finish with decorative gold pinecone ornaments for the holidays.

Jason Donnelly

6. Red flower arrangement

Bold and beautiful, this monochromatic collection is sure to turn heads. Make a floral support out of chicken wire or insert floral foam to fit your desired container (the longer, the better). For a more formal affair, look to jar-shaped containers. Cut the stems at an angle and then place a few larger flowers to begin your arrangement. Add greenery and more large flowers, followed by smaller flowers to fill in the gaps. We used red roses, red carnations and short needle pine. Adhere red embellishments to planting stakes and place them between the stems to finish your arrangement.

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