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Beginner Blooms: The Market Bunch

market bunch before and after

It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for!  The step by step tutorial that will take your market bunch of flowers from ho-hum to perfection!

From the very first day I started the spring series, beginner blooms, I know you guys were waiting for the day we could arrange a whole case full of varying blooms to create a striking arrangement out of the regular bunches that you buy in your grocery store.

There is a secret that you haven’t known about all of these years, that makes this so easy to conquer.

market bunch how to

market bundle how-to

You’ll notice that this is a different type of vase than we have been working with, for the vases that start narrow at the bottom and wide at the top, this is definitely a trick you’ll want to employ. 

First, There are some important things to remember when you’re purchasing flowers.  Make sure to get a bouquet that has 2-3 main types of flowers, one filler, and greenery.  Single flower arrangements are much more difficult without smaller blooms and greenery for all of the in-between area.

Second, Remember the first couple rules we learned at the very beginning!  Cut your stems to 1.5 times the height of your vase, remove all of the lower leaves, and ensure that the stems are all going toward the same imaginary center point.

market bunch 1

I did this in these little candlestick flowers, but here is the trick to a full and round looking arrangement – make a grid of tape on the top of the vase.  I cut one piece of regular scotch tape in half length-wise. Then, create a foundation using your greenery, and using only the outer holes in your grid.

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market bunch 3

Next, use whichever flower would be your focal flower.  The tiger lilies are the largest and most dominant, so I chose those.  Make sure that each dominant flower stem is placed equidistant with one sticking straight up to begin creating the overall shape. Once you have an outline for your shape and size created with the dominant flower, start adding in your secondary flowers (mine here are mums and daisies).

Try to make sure all of the secondary flowers are sticking out of the vase about the same amount, and that some stick more perpendicular to the vase, extending over the edge of the vase.

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market bunch 5

Once all of your secondary flowers are in, go back through and fill in any blank spots with a filler flower.  This is usually something that is sort of a flower, sort of a green.

Last, add in just a couple touches of greenery in the top of the arrangement.

market bunch 6

how to arrange a market bundle

Ta-da! It’s as easy as that.

Give me your thoughts! Will you give it a try?

Have a BEAUTIFUL Thursday!



78 Comments on “Beginner Blooms: The Market Bunch”

  1. Sweet Harvest Moon May 23, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    This is perfect! So pretty!

  2. Karen A May 23, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    Cute DIY! I love how your arranged them

  3. Tidy-Up Gal May 23, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    lovely arrangement. Will definitely try!

  4. Tara May 23, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    I’m off to Kroger now to pick up a bouquet with our dinner supplies! So excited to try this!

  5. Liz May 23, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    AMAZING! I’m always tempted to grab the flowers from the store since they are so inexpensive and I definitely will now that I know they can look like this!

  6. barbara May 23, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    wow, this is exactly what I was looking for, thank you!

  7. Katie Meyers/Meyers Styles May 23, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Erin – this tutorial is fantastic! Now I feel like I can purchase inexpensive bouquets, but still make them look as though they’re straight from a florist shop! Thanks so much.

  8. Liz {What Dress Code?} May 23, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    This is such a fantastic DIY — I usually shy away from those generic bunches in favor of something more exotic or uniform, but this will definitely have me second-guessing them as an economical option that I can pretty up myself!

    • Erin | House of Earnest May 24, 2013 at 12:08 am #

      I”m a sucker for all of the texture and color that goes on the in bouquets, but I LOVE something fun and uniform too! happy arranging ;)

  9. heather j May 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    So pretty! I always forget about this trick when I get flowers. Thanks for this.

  10. Paige R. May 23, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    I love this series of tutorials! I tried some of your tips from the other posts, and my cheap yellow daisies (uh, don’t tell my husband I said that) now look amazing! Makes me smile everytime I see them. Thank you!

    • Erin | House of Earnest May 24, 2013 at 12:05 am #

      Paige – that is so great!! I am super excited that you got something out of it! That is why I blog ;) Thanks!!

  11. Alexa May 23, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    So so pretty! Thanks for the tips!

  12. Ciel May 23, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    Erin, thank you so much! My mom and I took a Living Social floral arranging class this past weekend and she was trying to create an arrangement very similar to this one. So, I can’t wait to send this to her and also try it myself.

  13. Rebecca - A Daily Something May 23, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    This looks fantastic, Erin! Thanks for the tips…love the grid idea :)

  14. Katie May 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    I love this post, Erin. It reminds me that when I pick up flowers, I shouldn’t be so lazy! A little work goes a long way.

    • Erin | House of Earnest May 24, 2013 at 12:07 am #

      And it’s so fulfilling! Every time you walk by the arrangement you’ll be proud of your work!

  15. Lacey Anne May 24, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    Erin I love this series! I’m doing this for our party this weekend for sure. Maybe I’ll even schlep over to Trader Joe’s in your honor ;)

  16. Anna May 24, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    I need this so badly! THANKS! :D

  17. Ashlee Spear May 25, 2013 at 4:39 am #

    Awesome tips, Erin! I’ve read and retread all your flower arranging posts, and would love to see more. I’m hosting a big anniversary party for my parents next month and these posts have given me confidence to flex my bouquet building muscle. Thanks!!

  18. Angela May 26, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    Wow, what a fantastic post! Thanks so much for helping us make our own beautiful arrangements! I plan on trying this myself this week!

  19. Cherie Parker May 28, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    Great post!
    May just run and get a bunch from the store and try it,
    Never knew how to make them look like a florist!

  20. Mary May 31, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    What a transformation! Thanks so much for the tutorial and how to photos.

  21. Jessica (marcelleblog.com) May 31, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    This is very helpful for the florally challenged like myself. I can’t wait to try it out this weekend!

  22. Elizabeth @ Real Inspired June 1, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    Hopping over from the Nesting Place. Great tutorial on getting better looking arrangements! And it’s easy!

  23. Stacie June 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    I love this tutorial! I will definitely try this!

    I am great at a lot of things but terrible at flowers. I would love to think that I could take a market bought arrangement and make it lovely!

    Thanks for making this seem doable!

  24. jenni June 2, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    i love this post. i am bookmarking it. i wish i’d seen it while our house was on the market. my fresh flower arrangements never looked this good. i felt like the dowager countess was going to come into my entry way and say, “anna, come help me do battle with this monstrosity.”

  25. Carmen June 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    Love it! I’m totally inspired to pick up flowers the next time I make a trip to the market.

    • Julie June 8, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

      What a great series you have here! I grow lots of flowers but I am design challenged. I will put these tips to good use.

  26. Jen Y June 8, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    Love this tutorial! I never know what order to put things in or where to put the greenery. This has made it all so clear. I love making arrangements from my garden & now they’ll look fantastic.

  27. Pieliekamais June 12, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    What a dramatic difference!
    Beautiful photos; thank you for the inspiration!

  28. Mary June 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    Thanks a lot! I just arranged the flowers that I received from my students on the last day of school and now they look even more beautiful!

  29. Bridget July 15, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    Wow, that is amazing! I had no idea that grocery store flowers could be made to look so fabulous. By the way, I have that same apron ;)

  30. Angela July 23, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    I just arranged a $5 grocery bouquet and it looks like I bought them at the florist! I will never “dump” flowers in a vase again! Thank you!

  31. Rachel August 17, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    I just want to let you know – I found this tutorial a few weeks ago and bookmarked it in my phone, knowing I would probably use it someday. I’m not sure what happened, but despite how artistic and creative I am, I could never make my flower arrangements look nice. Well today I put together a bouquet for my mom for her birthday, using your advice here, and it. Is. Gorgeous. So thank you, so so much!! :)

  32. MS Flower Shop September 18, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    Very nice! i love iT!

  33. Mrs. Bee October 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    love love your simple instructions and design. Well definitely be checking this blog more ofter.

  34. Melody October 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    I always grab cheap super-market flowers because they make me happy – they’re about to make me a LOT happier! Thanks for this tutorial!

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  37. Margo December 12, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    Did you really only use 1 bunch of flowers or do I need to buy 2?
    Thanks and Have a Blessed Day.

    • Erin | House of Earnest December 12, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

      Hi Margo –

      I used one bunch, but did snip some of the joined flowers into separate stems to give me a little more to work with. For instance, the lilies came with 5 blooms to a stem and I creatively separated them and the mums.

  38. Jen December 22, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    THANK YOU. This just popped up on my Pinterest feed, and I’m such an arranging idiot, I can’t even…. I can pick flowers that look great together, but they just always look stupid when I get them home. I’m so excited to try this. :)

  39. Lauren January 22, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    I love this! Thanks for such beautiful and helpful photos!

  40. Belleview Florist February 24, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    Beautiful Arrangement! I have to try this.

  41. Zoe March 11, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    Didn’t even realize how much I needed that tip! Thanks!

  42. Sarah N. May 9, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing this! Your photos are beautiful and your tutorial helped me to make a lovely flower bouquet for my mom for Mother’s Day!


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