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DIY Trader Joe’s Arrangement

Spring is right around the corner and with it - beautiful springtime blooms! Whenever I visit Trader Joe's, I always have to stop and browse their floral section. What I love about their selection, is that they have several bunches of single variety flowers. So I can grab what I like to make a stunning floral arrangement at home.

In my opinion, ones your hand select and create yourself far beats the curated, often "clown-colored" bouquets you see at most retail stores.

I'm excited to share tips on how you can create one yourself!

First off, if you love having fresh flowers in your home, I highly suggest purchasing some unique vases. And I don't mean the classic mason jar or leftover colored glass vases from previous floral arrangements. I mean unique colors and shapes. It can instantly elevate your floral design!

Picture here (left to right): a plant pot from Walmart (that's right, they make great vases!), a compote, a textured low profile vase, a cylinder galvanized vase.


  1. Vase

  2. Flower Snips

  3. Water

  4. Greenery and Flowers

Choosing your floral ingredients

When creating a floral arrangement, there are 5 key ingredient categories. Try to select flower colors that compliment each other.

  1. Greenery - this is your base that helps to establish structure and shape.

  2. Filler - this is your supporting element that adds texture. Tip: chose something airy with several smaller flowers!

  3. Line Flowers - line flowers, give your bouquet height, movement (lines that your eye follows) and a balanced look.

  4. Accent Flowers: these are smaller than your focal flowers.

  5. Focal Flowers: these are flowers that are supported and highlighted by the rest of the ingredients in the arrangement.

These are the ingredients I chose. Note: I chose two different varieties of flowers for my focal flowers - you only need one.

  1. Greenery: Two different varieties of eucalyptus, baby blue and silver dollar. Unpopular opinion: I think eucalyptus has had its moment. I wish people would embrace some other varieties of greenery. Trader Joe's always has it in stock - so it is what I went with.

  2. Focal flower: these beautiful irises! I love the bold color, yet delicate look of them.

  3. Line flower: lavender stock

  4. Accent flower: blush hyacinth. Hyacinth have short stems so they are hard to use in arrangements, but they smell heavenly so I just had to include them.

  5. Focal flower: blush lilies

  6. Filler: fever few

Okay, okay, lets get to designing!

Some quick technique tips:

  • Work in odd numbers (3 hyacinth, 5 irises, etc.)

  • Don't be afraid to cluster the same type of flower - that's how they grow in nature!

  • Don't be afraid of varying the height of flowers. Have some sticking out more than others! It creates depth and draws your eye in and out of the design.

Step 1: Fill your vase almost to the brim with water. Note: before you add stems, it is important to give them a fresh cut to insure maximum water intake.

Step 2: Establish shape and size by adding your structural (greenery) stems. Work from the outside in, placing stems at varying heights.

Step 3: Place the filler/textural stems in at varying heights, in the pockets left by the structural stems. Things will shift around as you design, embrace it!

Step 4: Layer in your line flowers.

Step 5: Tuck in your accent flowers. I clustered hyacinth together in the middle. Again, this was really just for its heavenly smell!

Step 6: Layer in your focal flowers.

Step 7: Add in your showy focal flowers, floating above the rest!

Step 8: Glance over and fill in any gaps with leftover flowers, or consider removing flowers. Try to resist overstuffing. I'm guilty of it too! If you still have flowers leftover, I suggest making a smaller arrangement/budvase for a friend, your bathroom, by your bedside...

I hope you found bits and pieces of this helpful. I can't wait to see what you create!

Tips to help your blooms last longer:

  1. Remove dead foliage which can increase bacteria content in water

  2. Replace water with fresh water every 1-2 days

  3. Give the stems a fresh trim

  4. Keep away from heat or fruit which release ethylene gas as they ripen

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