Flowers on a budget

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I’ve been getting a lot of questions in regards to how much will flowers cost for this event or that event.

A very good question was “What does it cost to fill  a quart mason jar? A pint jar? The answer is… it all depends.

Obviously if you fill a quart jar with lisianthus at 10/12.50 it will cost a lot more than if you use one sunflower @ 1.25 and some filler @ 10 for $2.00. For an example, our quart size ready made bouquets cost around $8.00. These contain a mix of what’s in bloom and may vary in flower quantity  depending on the price of the individual flowers. There are ways to fill a mason jar for less…. and for more.  If you’re on a budget, we can suggest a few ways to stretch your flower dollars.

  • The number one way to save is to use filler. Filler greenery or flowers tend to be prolific bloomers and can be offered at less cost than flowers that bloom once, are labor intensive,  costly or difficult to grow. They are not any less beautiful or any less elegant. Many times they add to an otherwise understated bouquet.
  • Choose one main flower and fill in with less expensive flowers. Sunflowers are a good choice. They are big and also use up a lot of space in a vase. They look lovely with almost any other flower.
  • Bigger is not always better. Mason makes jelly jars, too! You can find endless containers at garage sales, flea markets, auctions, etc.
  • Buy what’s in season. Flower prices fluctuate with supply and demand. Prices tend to drop for a species when it is in full bloom.
  • Look around your own yard. If you find something that interests you, test it!
One Sunflower ($1.25), Four heavenly scented cinnamon basil ($.30 each) in a quart jar. Total cost $ 2.45
One zinnia ($.50) two statice ($.50 each) three frosted explosion ($.20 each) Total $2.10, all in Grandma's heirloom teacup.
This bouquet is made entirely of filler flowers that can be dried for keepsakes. It includes yarrow, globe amaranth and statice.
A miniature boot vase makes this inexpensive bouquet the perfect touch for a horse lover's bridal shower. You can also slip a jar into the real thing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When working with small vases or containers, it’s important to keep a closer watch on your water level.  In hot outdoor conditions, they can evaporate quickly. Even indoors in a cool controlled climate, you want to check the water levels often.

Make sure there is enough weight in your vase or container to keep it from tipping over. Top heavy designs may need added weight, such as pebbles or stones.

As with large designs or formal bouquets, the rule is to work with odd numbers. Of course, many times, rules are just waiting to be broken. Do what looks and feels right for you and the wonderful gift of flowers you are offering.

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