Creating Your Own Floral Arrangements

Tips + Tools

August 19, 2022

From your bouquets and boutonnieres to table centerpieces and more, you can DIY your designs and save thousands of dollars.

If you’re on a budget, floral is the last thing you want to spend too much money on. If you’re booking your designs with a florist, at least 50% of your costs will come from ordering from a florist.

So here’s some tips and tricks!

When you drive by an antique store…STOP IN!

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When you’re out and about, stop in at some antique stores. You’d be surprised what you can find. From vintage candle holders to vases and more. They’ve probably got it! We have found lots of amber bottles at antique stores too.

Don’t miss out on the Dollar Store.

You can find lots of cylinder vases in various sizes that can be used to create your centerpieces!

Next stop, yard sales.

Many people throw out these types of pieces because they simply have no use for them at home. Their loss is your treasure. You never know what you will find.

Walmart may be your best friend.

If you’re designing and creating your bouquets and boutonnieres, you can visit Walmart and pick up the small supplies that will bundle them together. You can even pick up some satin to wrap them up!

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Side tip

That said, when my clients are looking to DIY their floral arrangements, I always recommend purchasing the formal arrangements (bouquets and boutonnieres) from a local florist (#supportsmallbusinesses) and then create the centerpieces and area pieces on their own. This way, you are still supporting your local businesses and saving money by creating the bigger arrangements on your own.

So let’s chat about how to create your own centerpieces!

Do you have a membership at any wholesale clubs like Costco, Sams Club, BJs? If you don’t, do you know anyone who does?

If the answer is yes, GOOD!

Head on over to their website and start researching types of floral and greenery you will need to design your arrangements. These wholesale clubs carry a variety of floral you can use to design your own floral arrangements! 

I’m telling you. You can save THOUSANDS of dollars if you create these arrangements on your own.

It will take time.

It will take patience.

But if you are on a budget, this is the way to go.

And don’t forget to have a little fun with it. Bring together your friends and family. The more people you’ve got involved, the quicker it will get done.

Here are some supplies you’ll need to create these arrangements on your own

Pruning shears

Make sure to purchase multiple so others can lend a helping hand! The more the merrier is the best policy when creating your own arrangements.

5-Gallon Buckets

You’ll need these to store your floral (greens included!) in water with flower food once they arrive in the mail. Check in with local restaurants and bakeries. They are always trying to get rid of their empty buckets!

Plant Food

You’ll want to make sure you put plant food in the buckets with water to keep the floral fresh before the big day.

Thorn stripper and gloves

These are something you’d totally forget to purchase unless told otherwise. I promise, you don’t want to get pricked by those pesky little thorns. Ouch!

Floral tape, floral wire, and wire cutters

If you don’t want to purchase some of those items a la carte, check out this 17-piece Floral Arrangement Kit instead!


Your local florist is trained to create floral arrangements and they can really take your design to the next level with their expertise and skill. So if you are able to budget for a professional florist, I ALWAYS recommend it.


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