Roses are red, but carnations are cheaper. For under $10 you can create a carnation arrangement to treat yourself and a couple of friends for Valentine’s Day.
Carnation Arrangement Under Ten Dollars
Every time I pick up a bouquet of carnations I ask myself why I don’t purchase these little gems more often.
They smell amazing, they’re inexpensive, and they last longer than almost any other fresh cut flowers.
I feel like they just don’t get the fanfare they deserve.
Fresh Flower Friday
My mom and aunt both worked in a small FTD flower shop when I was little and one of my favorite things in the world was to hang out there during the Christmas holidays.
To this day, the smell of fresh carnations takes me right back to that little shop.
A few years ago when Trader Joe’s opened near me, I started a thing for myself called fresh flower Friday. I miss a week here and there, but I almost always have fresh flowers in at least one room of my home.
It’s pretty amazing how an $8 arrangement can instantly breathe life into your home. Especially during the dark and sometimes dreary months when we’re trying to chase those Winter blues away, and we miss the color from our Christmas decorations.
By doing this, I’ve taught myself how to adequately arrange flowers.
You don’t need fancy vases or cutters, a pair of sharp scissors will suffice.
Mason jars are my favorite vessel, but you can use almost anything like interesting cans, mugs, teapots, milk glass bowls, or glass spice jars. (like the ones I used here)
I decided to use a cute little milk glass bowl.
I started adding my red and white carnations around the edge of my bowl to make a base for the rest of my arrangement.
I layered the rest of my stems in until my bowl was full.
Each carnation bundle was only $3.99! (thank you Trader Joe’s) I spent seven dollars, plus tax, and I had plenty of stems to fill up a few empty spice jars.
Treat Yourself; You Deserve It
Don’t wait for someone else to send you flowers!
Let’s make Fresh Flower Friday happen every week this year. Or maybe almost every week.
We all deserve it. 🙂
Your fresh flower loving, sister in paint!
Ten on the 10th
This is the first installment of the year of this fun monthly get-together.
Be sure to visit the lovely and talented ladies below to see what inspired them this month.