Elegant winter white bouquets: DIY 2 for $17.17

Beauty fit for a wedding, affordable anytime

I got inspired on a Sunday afternoon in the neighborhood grocery store forgotten by time. This place has persisted as it is for more than two decades. No remodels. No gourmet cheese display. No olive bar. But convenient with great prices.

And flowers. Yes flowers. Right at the front where they should be, setting the tone for a lovely shopping experience. Their beauty distracted me. Everyday beauty, also timeless and transcendent.

There were ivory mini roses, white carnations, white daisies, baby’s breath, and white chrysanthemums. Something about their display captivated me. No red, no pink, no purple or orange or yellow. Just white and ivory. It demanded a heightened appreciation of each petal’s shape, its highlights and its shadows. Just breathtaking. What groceries?

Then I flashed back to my wedding. Recalling those amazing vases my mom hand painted, lovingly applying layer after layer of the best mother of pearl glaze. Two decades later, a pair is proudly displayed on the mantel as sculptures in their own right. They deserved to exhibit this breathtaking monochromatic arrangement taking shape in my mind. Cleansing and unifying like snow blanketing the neighborhood. And I deserved the creative fun.

I purchased three bunches for $17.17. Guess my lucky number. Yup. This needed to happen.

For this elegant arrangement, baby’s breath will serve as the canvas while carnations provide weight and balance. And, of course, mini roses will be the stars. Their ivory color juxtaposed to white provides interest and sophistication.

My preferred method of arranging begins with taping off the top of the vase into nine sections.

First, I arranged the baby’s breath into a bouquet that could stand on its own beauty, using every section of the taped off grid. For a more formal look, you could favor symmetry and consistent distribution. More natural arrangements tend to allow things to do what they like. I arrange towards the wild end of the spectrum.

Next, I placed each carnation in its own grid section. They provided balance by filling in less dense areas. I used four stems near the center of each vase and left the edges containing only baby’s breath.

Finally, I placed mini rose clusters in the four center-most grid sections. I prefer to leave them a bit longer than their neighbors so that the shorter blooms in a cluster don’t get lost and their importance in the arrangement is celebrated.

There’s the process. Your results will be perfectly unique by doing what looks best to you.

This was fun. May you feel inspired to follow your own serendipitous path to appreciating the beauty and creative possibilities surrounding us.

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