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Birthday Party Centerpiece – $5 Floral Arrangement

Floral Arrangement for 5 Dollars

Today I want to share an easy centerpiece that you can recreate, even if you’re new to working with flowers, and it won’t cost you a fortune.  In fact, you could easily make 2-3 flower arrangements for under $10 with these tips and tricks!  Perfect for birthday party centerpieces, last-minute gift ideas or just because.

The key to not spending a fortune on a floral arrangement is knowing where to get your flowers and how to arrange them yourself.

First, grocery store flowers!  Most grocery stores discount flowers after a few days on the shelf.  Some of the blooms may be past their prime, but you can usually get enough flowers out of any bunch for a fun flower arrangement…especially if you’re arranging yourself!  Today I found this really fun and colorful bouquet for $3.49! And…the best part is that I had enough flowers in this bunch to make 3 floral arrangements!!

Floral Arrangement for 5 Dollars

Second, garage sale containers!   Garage sales, thrift stores and flea markets are my go-to places to find unique and affordable arrangement containers!  You can often find a huge variety of fun containers for flowers at all of these places for really cheap!  And, think outside the box…you don’t always need a traditional vase or floral container to make a fun arrangement!  I found this really cute ceramic sauce pot at a flea market for $1 and knew it would be cute with flowers in it!  Now that we’re heading into fall, a pumpkin would make a great container as well!

Now, let’s start arranging.

Supplies needed to make this project:

  • FloraCraft® Wet Foam – For Fresh Flowers
  • Grocery Store Flower Bouquet
  • Water-Proof Container (mine is a sauce pot)
  • Knife
  • Large Bucket or Clean Sink (to fill with water)
  • Floral Snips
  • Floral Food (optional, usually comes with flower bouquet)

Floral Arrangement for 5 Dollars supplies


Fill bucket or sink with room-temperature water and stir in floral food.  If you’re not planning to use the full block, cut foam block to fit the container before you soak it.  Once soaked, you cannot re-use the foam.  Place the foam on top of the water and let it float to soak up water naturally.  DO NOT push the foam into the water or force it down.  This causes dry pockets in the center of the brick.  Float soaking the foam will ensure water to absorb throughout the brick giving your flowers a complete water source.

Once the foam is soaked, remove it from the water and allow it to drip for a few seconds.  Place foam in your container, trimming the corners if needed for a snug fit.

Next, prep your flowers.  Using your floral snips, trim the stems at a 45 degree angle.  This will allow the stem to easily insert into the foam and soak up water.

Organize your flowers by color or type for easier arranging (optional).

Now, let’s get creative.  Start in the middle of the arrangement and insert a bloom at your desired height.  This will be the tallest bloom in the arrangement.  Then, I wanted a rounded shape so I worked in rows around that bloom, filling in flowers and alternating colors as I went.

Once you have a basic shape, fill in with more flowers to create a full arrangement.  You can also add leaves and greenery to fill your arrangement from your grocery store bouquet.

Floral Arrangement for 5 Dollars

This only took a few minutes to create and a few dollars, but it looks like an expensive arrangement from a specialty florist!  How fun is that!?  And because it is in a pot, I think it is the perfect arrangement for the kitchen counter!

What containers do you have on hand to create an arrangement in?


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