Trader Joe’s Best Flower Arrangements for Your DIY Crafts at Home

Trader Joe’s Best Flower Arrangements for Your DIY Crafts at Home

One of my favorite little luxuries is fresh flowers. A small bouquet of flowers on my desk or kitchen table puts a smile on my face every time I look at it. I didn’t buy them, simply because they seemed like a waste, but over time I learned that this is a gift of fresh flowers. Her beauty is fleeting, so it makes every moment special. I always get a bunch of my weekly purchases from Trader Joe’s.

My love for grocery store flowers recently stumbled across my Instagram scroll as a reel from @a_trader_joes_florist popped up on my feed. The video showed a gorgeous bouquet of soft pink garden roses that looked absolutely stunning, and more detailed than any bouquets I’ve made myself. I was shocked when I realized it was an entire page dedicated to Trader Joe’s flower arrangements. Immediate follow-up.

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Rachel is the florist behind this inspiring account. She started sharing her love of flower arranging on Instagram as a hobby, and has now blossomed into a page with over 200,000 followers. It’s amazing how she transforms grocery store flowers into professional-looking arrangements, and her goal is to encourage others to try it themselves. “Flowers are ephemeral, so some of the pressure to get them right is gone,” she says. “These won’t last forever, so have fun, because you’ll be able to make another one. It’s a beautiful thing for everyday life.”

Rachel generously shared all of her tips and tricks for crafting beautiful Trader Joe’s flower arrangements. Read on to learn all about floral design — from picking flowers, preparing them, arranging them, and keeping them fresh.

Choose flowers

Go to Trader Joe’s Early

The early bird gets the worm, as they say, and Rachel suggests getting to Trader Joe’s right when they’re open to get the best flowers for the day. “My Trader Joe’s gets new flowers every day, so it’s helpful to get there as soon as they open,” she says. Check with the employees at your Trader Joes and ask them when their flower shipments arrive and how often they update the flower aisle. “Trader Joe’s employees are generally very friendly and happy to let you know when new flowers are coming in,” Rachel continues.

Browse with an open mind

Although you may think that the first step to flower arranging is deciding what type of bouquet you want, it’s a little different when it comes to grocery store flowers. “I have a harder time if I go to Trader Joe’s with a specific task or idea,” Rachel says. “It’s a supermarket, so you never know what’s going to be available.” Instead, it’s best to go to your Trader Joe’s with an open mind. Rachel suggests browsing the aisles without a specific plan first, and seeing what catches your eye.

“I usually start with one or two bouquets that I love. Maybe it looks incredibly fresh, or maybe it’s a color I like, or a unique flower that I love. I start from there and put that in my cart,” she says. You’ll then arrive at other bouquets that complement the main flower. A great opportunity to let your creativity shine.Don’t be afraid to put a bunch of bouquets in your cart and mix and match to see what looks good.

Color, texture and size

Rachel has a rule of three that she keeps in mind while browsing. “Color, texture, and size are the three things I look for when arranging,” she says. Great examples of the three flowers that include these include buttercups, spray roses, and calla lilies. “The buttercups are soft and delicate, the spray roses have more structure, and the calla lilies have more structure. Size works, too. It gives you a fun range,” she says.

Rachel has made many bouquets with these three flowers, and they are always a hit. “I arranged these in light pink, deep purple, and bright orange, and they come together really well,” she exclaims.

Go monochromatic

If you’re not sure where to start with your arrangement, go monochromatic. “If everything is the same color, you can think more about texture and size when you’re starting out,” Rachel suggests. Be on the lookout for flowers with similar colors such as pink, peach or violet and don’t worry if they’re not exactly the same color. “Flowers are beautiful! Your arrangements will never look terrible. It’s like anything else – the more you do it, the better results you’ll get. Keep having fun!” Rachel encourages.

Trader Joe's peony flower arrangements

Preparing flowers

Remove all leaves

Before placing your flowers in the vase, it is important to prepare the flowers first. Rachel suggests putting your flowers in water as soon as you get home and leaving yourself plenty of time to prepare and arrange. “Preparing the flowers is the most time-consuming part,” she says.

Once you are ready to prepare the flower, the first step is to remove the leaves. “I take them all off. You can leave some on top if you want, but you should definitely remove the bottom leaves,” says Rachel. Leaving the leaves in the water causes bacteria to grow and can give off a bad smell, so it’s best to throw them away.

Trim the stems

Trimming the stems at a 45-degree angle will keep your flowers happy and hydrated. If you’re placing your flowers in a vase, Rachel has a trick for making sure you prune them to the correct height. “If you turn the flowers upside down next to your vase, you can see where the stems line up at the top, and you can then prune them there,” she says.

While you’re pruning, Rachel also suggests keeping the stems and leaves directly above the packaging the flowers come in. “It may be obvious, but open the package and keep the trimmings on top of the plastic. At the end of the arrangement, you can roll it up and throw it away for easy cleanup.

Flower arrangement

Start from the outside and work your way inward

When arranging flowers in a vase, Rachel suggests starting with the flowers at the edge of the vase and working your way up. “When I start filling in the middle, I’ll hold these stems a little longer to create a dome that explains the shape at the top. Once your bouquet starts to take shape, Rachel uses the greenery to fill in the holes. “I save the greenery for the end as a little accent. Traditional florists usually use greenery as a base for flowers to sit on, but I personally like less greenery and more flowers.

Be gentle with the stems

Rachel will also make bouquets as gifts for loved ones, and she even has a tutorial for cutting a Trader Joe’s paper bag to use for wrapping. For this type of bouquet, you arrange the flowers on a flat surface. “I’ll put two flowers in a criss-cross shape, then I’ll put one flower in the middle and I’ll keep layering them,” she says. “You have to be gentle. The stems get tangled because you’re crossing them over each other. If you have a lavender stem, or something more delicate, you don’t want it to get crushed.”

Caring for your flowers

Updated every two days

Flowers are living creatures, and taking care of your bouquet will help keep it fresh and thriving for as long as possible. Rachel suggests logging your flowers every 48 hours. “Change the water and prune the stems every two days, this is very important,” she says. This is also a great time to pick some flowers that may be struggling. It’s normal for some flowers to last longer than others, and removing those that are worse for wear will help your fresh flowers last a little longer.

Add flower food

Your flowers will come with a small container of flower food, which Rachel highly recommends. Just don’t use them all at once. “Flower food works. You don’t have to put the whole package in at once. Instead, add a little each time you change the water and prune the stems. “I have found that adding flower food does not affect how long the flowers last, but rather how well they open,” she says. “If you put on flower food, the flowers will bloom more, although they will last about the same amount of time without it.”

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