Carnation Arrangement Under Ten Dollars

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.

Roses are red, but Carnations are cheaper. For under $10 you can treat yourself and a couple of friends for Valentines 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.

Let me show you how to create a carnation arrangement for under ten dollars. You can afford to treat yourself and friend.

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.

 Let me show you how to create a carnation arrangement for under ten dollars. You can afford to treat yourself and friend.

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.

Carnation arrangement idea for under $10. Treat yourself because you deserve it.


You can make a beautiful Valentine arrangement using carnations for under ten dollars.

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  1. Kim says:

    Flowers always make me smile and I buy them every Friday, as well. The grocery store is the best! I haven’t purchased carnations in a long, long time, but I have them in my garden and they are beautiful. I will definitely be brining a bunch home this week. Ps. The red…dreamy!!

    • Lisa says:

      If there’s one person I know that would love red and white anything, it’s you, Kim! Go treat yourself today. If I lived closer I would bring you a bouquet.

  2. Stacey says:

    I love carnations and never understand why they don’t get more love. They smell nice, they last forever, and they come in several colors. Oh and they are cheap! What more could you want? We don’t have Trader Joe’s nearby but my Kroger usually has them for very reasonable prices.

    So glad you shared this today for Ten on the 10th. 🙂

    • Lisa says:

      I have picked up really nice bundles of fresh flowers at Kroger. You can also check the clearance rack they usually have toward the back of the floral department.

  3. Mary says:

    Lsa the mason jars are great but the white bowl is really the star of the show. The carnations look so striking surrounded by the white bowl. And of course the house must smell amazing.

  4. Jemma says:

    I love carnations too and I am so glad that you shared this post to remind us that these overlooked darlings need to be in our homes more! You have most definitely displayed them so beautifully!

  5. Carol@BlueskyatHome says:

    Lisa, I love carnations. So much bang for the buck! i use them alot for our Kentucky Derby party. THe white milk glass bowl is such a wonderful container for any flower, but it just makes the red carnations really pop.

  6. Florence says:

    Lisa, what a pretty arrangement! It would totally cheer me to see that on Fridays or any day! I love that you’re using a bowl to put them in rather than a vase…it’s a new look.

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