DIY: Pretty Posies

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

 The lovely Heather Bullard has allowed us to share her idea on how to pretty up some plain ole grocery store flowers.
Most of us see grocery store flowers on a weekly basis while we're running to pick up the usual milk, butter and eggs. Sometimes the bundles seem a little sterile. Tightly bound and shrink wrapped. It's hard to find them as lovely as a bouquet from a floral shop or even our own backyard gardens.
I thought I'd share a quick way to spruce them up and give them that wow factor for very little money and only a few minutes of prep time.

  • Purchase a bundle or two from your local store.
  • The two I bought cost $9 for both.
  • Gather a few "extra" flowers, branches or vines from your garden.
  • Go through your ribbon stash and choose your favorites.
  • Think about a variety of colors and textures when choosing.

  • Dig up some old jewelry. Pins, brooches, clips or earrings work well.
  • If you don't have those on hand, make a cute homemade tag instead.
  • A tiny picture frame, antique key or locket would be pretty too.

  • Divide the flowers and foliage into several posie bundles.
  • Clip all the stems at an angle as evenly as possible.
  • A small Ziploc bag will hold water. Secure with a rubber band.

  • I love using brown kraft paper to wrap them. It adds an earthy, natural feel. 
  • You could also use gift wrapping paper or vintage wallpaper.
  • Scallop the edges with decorative scissors for a finished look.

  • Tie your pretty posie with a beautiful ribbon.
  • And finally, add your favorite embellishment or gift tag!

These would make lovely hostess gifts or could be given as bridal shower or party favors. Very simple to do, gentle on our wallets and packed with thoughtfulness. Be sure to let me know if you give it a try and have fun!