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Fresh flowers brighten up an entire space while bringing the lush colors of nature inside, but — as any bride or decor buff knows all too well — cut flowers are an easy way to bust a budget wide open. We called in the experts to show us how to DIY flower arrangements on a dime.
Sarah von Pollaro, floral designer and owner of Urban Petals in Washington, DC, filmed this video with us to show Shoestring readers how to seriously stretch their cut flower allowance by transforming one regular grocery store bouquet into three stylish arrangements. She also demonstrates how to take something unlikely — a head of cabbage — and work it into a bouquet with dazzling results.
The total cost of these creative collections? Only $15.00. Have a look:
Plus, here are 5 more of Sarah's secret ways to save:
Not only does Sarah have a passion for teaching others to find their inner florist, her company focuses on giving back to the community by donating event arrangements to nonprofit organizations in the DC area. Check out her blog or follow her on Twitter for other hints, tips, DIY videos, and price breakdowns for beautiful bouquets.
So, you have your challenge, Gumshoes! Take one grocery store bouquet and see if you can come up with three separate designs. Post your results on our Facebook page (and view our gallery of photos from this shoot) or leave a link to your photos/blog posts in the comments below!
Story, video & photos: Copyright 2011, Shoestring LLC & Kaarin Moore.