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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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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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.

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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!



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  1. says

    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!

  2. says

    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!

  3. Paige R. says

    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!

  4. Ciel says

    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.

  5. says

    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.

  6. says

    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 😉

  7. Ashlee Spear says

    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!!

  8. says

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

  9. Cherie Parker says

    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!

  10. says

    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!

  11. says

    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.”

    • Julie says

      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.

  12. Jen Y says

    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.

  13. Mary says

    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!

  14. Bridget says

    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 😉

  15. Angela says

    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!

  16. Rachel says

    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!! :)

  17. says

    Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but after
    checking through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyhow, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back frequently!

    • says

      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.

  18. says

    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. :)

  19. Sarah N. says

    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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