February 5, 2016 Decor DIY Valentine’s Day Bouquet for Under $40 Girls, you might want to send this one to your guys because this post is a PSA for them buying you flowers. Like I mentioned last week, Rob and I don’t exchange gifts, just cards and flowers. I know flowers can get crazy expensive and Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse for florists to take advantage and charge you even more than normal. A lot of those big online florists are a rip off too. They’re overpriced and the flowers are always the cheap, not-so-pretty ones. So guys, here’s my suggestion. Ditch the florist and head to Whole Foods, Central Market or a local flower market and do some quick shopping. Depending on which flowers you get the price of your bouquet will go up or down, but here I bought roses that were $25 and greenery for $12, used an old shopping bag as the wrap and tied with ribbon I had on hand! FLOWER SHOPPING TIPS Pick A Color Scheme White, blush pink, bright pink, red — you know your girl better than I do, so pick accordingly. When in doubt, white or pink never fails! Pick a bunch (or two) depending on the price and size of the blooms. If you’re unsure of which flowers to get, just ask the florist for their opinion. A few of my favorites: peonies, hydrangeas, English garden roses, roses and tulips. Add Greenery & Fillers There are always several pails filled with gorgeous green leaves that add a nice, foraged element to a bouquet. As for fillers, billy balls, baby’s breath, simple leaves or green berries always add a nice delicate and unique touch! Grab the flower food too, it always makes them last longer. Wrap Them The hardest part is over! Now it’s time to assemble your bouquet. Trim the ends of your flowers on the diagonal. Lay down a square piece of butcher paper or use an old shopping bag like me. Wrap one side in and then the other with the bottom end tighter than the top. Tie with a ribbon or raffia and you’re all set! I’d recommend doing this shortly before gifting the flowers as you don’t want them to be out of water for too long. You can always wrap the bottom with a damp paper towel and Ziploc bag. If you do this, just make sure to tuck the bottom edge of paper up to hide that! After flowers are gifted, I recommend putting them in warm water. I’ve found that it helps them start drinking water and last longer — my last bunch of hydrangeas lasted nearly three weeks with this trick! So, there you go! A gorgeous bouquet that doesn’t break the bank, but still makes a big statement! P.S. Wondering about this dress? It also comes in blue and red and you can see the full post here.