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The Art of DIY Flower Arranging

The Art of DIY Flower Arranging

Freshen up your space with easy, quick and inexpensive flower arranging

Key Elements to look for with flower design –>

 TEXTURE + COLOR + SIZE VARIATION

Grab some fresh flowers at your local grocery store, flower shop or YOUR BACKYARD!

Different types of flowers you should look for:

  • Bigger blooms: (ex. Hydrangea)
  • Smaller blooms: (any flower clusters)
  • Greens: (ex. Eucalyptus, Italian Ruscus, Palms)

Arranging

Step one: Find vases around the house- you can use pottery, mason jars, pitchers, basically a whole lot of stuff- get creative! The thrift store is a great option if you are coming up short- almost all the vases used here are from the thrift store. If you are looking for bud vases, Michaels always has a good selection.

Step two: Look around your home and see what you need- maybe your end tables are looking bare or you need the perfect centerpiece for your dining room… or all the above! These spaces may need color, height or texture. Simple bud vases with a pop of color are great to put on bookshelves, your bathroom vanity or around the kitchen.

Step three: Cut stems according to the height of the jar you’re using. If it’s a wider mouth, you’ll need a lot more flowers than if it’s the skinner mouth that most vases have. Keep in mind that you will want the flowers to have varying heights for depth. It’s all about balance!

If you’re doing a couple bud vases, they don’t need much! 1-3 flowers will add the perfect touch. You can put these little colorful guys anywhere around the house to add a little something extra.

If you’re wanting to do a larger arrangement for a centerpiece of some kind, and have no idea where to start- here are some guidelines: start with the bigger blooms, like the Hydrangea, and put the smaller blooms around it, keep doing this process until your vase is getting full but not too tight, then add the greens! You can manipulate the greens by putting them all around the bottom edge so they can hold up the flowers in the center.

Lastly, the trick to keeping fresh flowers fresh, is to change the water once a day! No “flower food” needed. Another top-secret tip is if you have Tulips, put a couple pennies in there and they will last longer than if you didn’t- trust me!

Bottom line- flower arranging is pretty forgiving. Play around with the colors, and heights until you find something you like. If you do it a couple times, it’s a piece of cake and having them around your home really adds a fresh and natural touch. So go hit the back yard and freshen up your spaces!

P.S- If you are wanting to add fresh greens to your home, and even if you aren’t, you should get fresh eucalyptus for your shower. Tie the branches around your shower head and the heat and steam will help activate the essential oils and it can help reduce stress. It’s pretty spectacular. You can get fresh eucalyptus at your local Trader Joes or flower shop. There’re also a couple subscriptions now that deliver fresh eucalyptus to you every month, so you don’t even have to go in public- SCORE!

Content Creator: Elena Esters

My new best friend, Euphorbia Trigona.

My new best friend, Euphorbia Trigona.

The time of year where the pasty skin that has been in hibernation for months is exposed to the rays of the sun. The first sunburn of the year is almost brag worthy. Whether that be a terrible farmers tan *Sam Isaacson* or bright red shoulders. We are proud of that first sunburn just like that nostalgic feeling of being proud to end that last day of school. Summer is here and oh we are so ready for it.

For most Minnesotans this means we are outside. Any chance we can get because we do not take this for granted. So let’s talk about how to bring that summer vibe into your beautiful home. There is a new shop in town that is a haven for desert vibes in the middle of industrial Minneapolis. An exceptional pocket of sunshine with a cement exterior that holds lush and prickly life inside. Mother (formally known as Madre) is exactly what Minneapolis needed. A smooth and eye pleasing interior that holds and houses multiple cacti and other plants. Each one with their own personality and attitude to match any homes interior decor. But, which one to choose?

It was a difficult decision. We found ourselves saying, “Oh, he’s so cute…Oh wow, she’s a statement!” It was a perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday in the heat picking out a cactus just right for the interior of the home we were purchasing it for. It had to have character, class, be a little funny and extremely tough.

Finally, we found it. A Euphorbia Trigona. Also known as an African milk tree. It was perfect. Planted in a terra cotta pot and standing upright with about 3 different stems. This guy was ours. Upon purchase you will receive a booklet on how to take care of your beloved new friend, no over watering. This is our kind of plant. This is a “non-planters” dream!  

Not only is this unique cactus a great addition to a home, but will be in your family for yours to come. Like a child, but not really, but kind of.  So with that, we left Mother with a new family member and buckled him in safely in the back seat and onto his new home.

Check out their instagram page @shopmother

Location: 2400 N 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN

Tues – Sat 11am – 7pm & Sun 12pm – 6pm

Content Creator: Leah Isaacson