Inexpensive Flower Arranging Recipe

By Cat Rooney, Epoch Times
December 7, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

You don’t need to be a professional florist—or spend much time—to make these festive flower arrangements from one single bouquet. The following instructions are a recipe for success.


1 medium-sized fresh flower bouquet to fit the holiday spirit (roses, mixed flowers, carnations)
1 fresh evergreen branch 
1 medium-sized clear glass container, vase, or canning jar
4 mini-vases such as small canning jars, wine glasses, brandy snifters, pottery goblets, empty jars, or coffee cups
1/2 to 1 bag of fresh cranberries and/or nuts, acorns, glass or plastic pebbles, seashells
Raffia or ribbon for simple bows 


Cut flowers to the height of the container. Remove leaves and needles from the lower stems of the flowers and greenery to keep the water clean. Fill two-thirds of the container with cranberries and then add water. (If flowers come with a preservative packet, add some to the water.) Arrange a few flowers and pieces of greenery in the container, tie on some raffia or ribbon, and add a bow if desired. 

Repeat directions with other containers. Experiment by adding just a layer or small amount of cranberries, pebbles, or acorns to the containers, or fill to the top. Add or replace water as needed. Cranberries keep approximately 5 to 7 days. Place arrangements around the home for that festive touch.