Joanna Gaines Follows These Money-Saving Rules for Gorgeous Floral Arrangements All Year

It’s no secret that Joanna Gaines is the ultimate plant lady. That said, her green thumb doesn’t stop at houseplants. In fact, if she wanted, she could double as Waco’s most sought-after florist, too.

Curious to know how Joanna Gaines creates unique floral arrangements for her farmhouse? We share her budget-friendly tips for DIY floral arrangements, ahead.

1. Shop for seasonal flowers at your local market

Selling flowers at organic farmers market

The freshest flowers are the ones in season. | Onnes/iStock/Getty Images

According to Joanna Gaines, one of the best places to look for fresh flowers is at your local market. To save money on florals, Gaines suggests shopping for blooms that are in season.

2. Pick greens from your backyard

florist arranging flowers in the shop

Don’t be afraid to pick greenery from your own backyard. | DragonImages/iStock/Getty Images

Another way to save money on floral arrangements? Instead of purchasing your greenery at the grocery store, gather greens from your garden or bushes in your yard.

3. Use an old pitcher or glass jar to hold your arrangement

Try a glass jar. | Yuliyart/iStock/Getty Images

You don’t need a fancy vase to make a beautiful floral arrangement. In fact, Gaines encourages you to “think outside the vase.” Use an old pitcher, or recycle an empty pickle or pasta sauce jar.

4. Use craft paper

Bouquet of white amaryllises

Craft paper gives everything a homey look. | shironosov/iStock/Getty Images

If you’re making a bouquet for your flowers, wrap them in affordable craft paper and tie together with a piece of twine. Don’t have craft paper? Neutral wrapping paper can also do the trick.

5. Mix and match

beautifully decorated table with flowers for wedding party

Select the flowers that appeal to you. | Biggunsband/iStock/Getty Images

Another tip Gaines swears by for homemade floral arrangements? Mix and match colors, textures, and flower sizes. This not only makes for a more detailed floral arrangement, it helps balance things out, too.

6. Make your flowers last longer

Florist cutting flower stems

There are tricks to extend the life of your flowers. | shironosov/iStock/Getty Images

Since flowers don’t last long, floral arrangements can be a waste of money. That said, there are a few things you can do to extend the life of your blooms and, ultimately, save money. Gaines suggests cutting the stems under running water at a 45 degree angle. This type of cut allows the blooms to maximize their water in take.

In addition to cutting the stems, you’ll also want to remove any unnecessary leaves. “The more leaves on the stem, the more water absorbed by the flower,” said Gaines in a Magnolia Market blog post. “So, it is beneficial to remove any unwanted leave,” she added.

7. Start and end with greenery

Red roses and flowers

Greenery makes the best space filler. | Konoplytska/iStock/Getty Images

Once you’re ready to create your arrangement, you’ll want to start by adding bunches of greenery. This creates a foundation for the arrangement. And once you’re done adding florals, you can use leftover greens to fill in any holes.

8. Larger flowers should always be added first

Young woman making fashion modern bouquet of different flowers.

Stick the bigger flowers in and then fill with smaller ones. | Malkovstock/iStock/Getty Images

After adding greens to your vase, Gaines suggests sticking the bigger flowers in first. Just like the greenery, Gaines suggests adding bunches of bigger flowers together, rather than spreading them out. This gives the arrangement more of an overall purpose. Once your bigger flowers are in, fill in the holes with smaller flowers.

9. Change the water and re-cut the stems as needed

Bridal bouquet

Change the water regularly. | Tom Merton/iStock/Getty Images

Another way to make floral arrangements last longer (aka, save you money)? Change the water when it gets cloudy and re-cut the stems as needed. Both can help extend the life of an arrangement.

10. Keep near sunlight

Colorful artificial flower decoration

It’s pretty much a no-brainer that plants need sunlight. | artemisphoto/iStock/Getty Images

In addition to changing the water and cutting the stems, you’ll also want to ensure your arrangement gets enough sunlight. Although they are no longer attached to their original plants, the stems in your arrangement can still reap the benefits of sunlight.

11. Throw away any dead flowers

Spring time bouquet of cut flowers in vase

Don’t forget to trim off the dead weight. | flutter-design/iStock/Getty Images

Make sure to do a regular check for dead flowers, too. Picking off the dead flowers can help thriving blooms survive longer by increasing their water supply.

12. Don’t waste extra florals and greenery

The hands of florist against desktop with working tools and ribbons

You can make smaller arrangements for different areas. | master1305/iStock/Getty Images

Lastly, don’t waste extra florals and greenery! Gaines likes to make smaller arrangements for other areas of her home, or gift them to friends.

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