How to Create an Inexpensive Flower Arrangement for the Holidays

holiday flower arrangement

Floral arrangements do not have to be expensive. Here are a couple pointers on creating the perfect holiday arrangement. Inexpensive ways to use greenery and objects you already have at home to create eye-catching floral arrangements that will wow your friends and family.

Start by exploring your own neighborhood, backyard or just the floral section at your local grocery store or garden center. I like to pick greenery and berries over flowers, since they tend to last longer.

wild berries

I went to my own backyard were my wild berry bush is currently in full bloom. It needed some pruning, so I used my new Gartol ergonomic Pruning Shears to quickly cut the bush into shape and get a nice selection of berry-bearing branches for my floral arrangements.

Floral Water Tubes

Materials Needed for this Project :

Sharp Pruning Shears or Scissors

Floral Water Tubes

Containers of various shapes and sizes

1 package of decorative pine cones

1 2 in wide Festive Looking Ribbon

Cutting branches with pruning sheers

How to assemble the Floral Arrangement:

Cut stems at a diagonal to help the plant get access to as much water as possible. I like to use sharp cutting shears over scissors since the thickness of the branches can vary greatly. Make sure to remove any leaves or nodules so you can insert the end of the stem easily into the rubber top hole of the Floral Water tube.

Floral Water Tube with water

I find it easiest to cut the branch and insert it first into the rubber top, then fill the floral tube with water, before putting the top on.

branch in water tube

For this project, I am using two different containers. My first one is a decorative silver tray. It doesn't have to be anything fancy since it will be filled with plants.

Siver tray with rabbits

Now it's time to arrange all your cuttings. For this arrangement, I layered two different colors of berries, red and green ones to create a bit of contrast.

floral arrangemnt using floral tubes

My branches are all facing one side so all the tubes will be at the opposite end. I also had some leftover decorative pine cones from last year, that I am using as fillers. These will be covered with a large bow.


Place the ribbon under the dish and pull the ends up to tie into a large bow. The goal is to cover as much of the tubes as possible. Use the pinecones again to cover areas that the did not hide. 

green bow

Holiday Floral Arrangement with birds nest

floral arrangement for fireplace mantel

This arrangement can be placed on the fireplace mantel, on a sideboard or on a table. I made another one of these arrangements for another decorative container in the same manner. 

floral arrangement using berry branches

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