instead of throwing the whole bouquet away, give your lasting flowers a second life using this easy method!
by abigail thielen
If you are like me, you have a strong sentimental attachment to gifts. Although flowers are very beautiful, they are not made to last. I got some flowers for Valentine’s Day that appeared to be on their last leg, so I decided to spruce them up before they completely wilted.
1. Determined to give these wilting beauties a fresh look, I removed them from their original vase; I was faced with a mess of browning leaves and fallen petals on my countertop. I poured out the water from the vase and went with a wider, more ornate option instead. If you only have a few flowers left, opt for a smaller vase or even a water glass.
2. Fill your vase with cold water and mix it with a flower food mix. If you don’t have any left, mix one quart of water, a squeeze of lemon juice, one tablespoon of sugar, and ½ a teaspoon of bleach. The lemon juice and bleach can also be replaced with apple cider vinegar if you have that instead.
3. I trimmed over an inch off each of the flowers, cutting the stems at an angle for extra water/food absorption. Pick off the wilted petals and toss out the flowers that are already dead.
4. Rearrange the remaining flowers to your liking. I had two bouquets of pink and purple roses, so I mixed those and combined their fillers until I ended with my desired results. I ended up with two vases of flowers, one small and one large.
I was so pleased with the new arrangements! A lot of rose petals fell off while I was moving them around in their vase, so I collected them and spread them on my vanity as bonus floral decor. Rearranging the bouquets was relaxing and allowed me to use my creativity to make something beautiful again. I hope you can use this DIY for future flowers to cherish them for as long as possible. See you next week!