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Boosting Store-Bought Bouquets for Valentine's Day


Here's a dirty little Valentine's Day secret: You don't have to go to the florist for nice flower arrangements. And you don't have to include roses.

With a little elbow grease, even inexpensive flowers from the local supermarket or drugstore can turn into gift-worthy displays. Kevin Sharkey, executive editorial director of decorating, shares ideas for getting the most out of store-bought bouquets:


  • For the filler:Filler flora or fauna (lemon leaf, ferns, Hypercom berries, and seeded eucalyptus are options)
  • For the bouquet cuff: Scissors
  • Craft paper
  • Edge punch
  • Ribbon
  • For the divvied up bouquet: Scissors
  • Containers (such as fosted cylinder vessels, tea cups, mint julet vessels, or juice glasses) 
  • For the corsage: 1 to 3 flowers
  • Scissors
  • Floral tape
  • Ribbon
  • Regular pins
  • Pearl-tip pin


  1. Step 1

    A little filler can go a long way toward creating an abundant arrangement. Lemon leaf adds beauty and a citrusy scent. Other wonderful filler options include ferns, Hypercom berries, and seeded eucalyptus.

  2. Step 2

    For a more personalized look, try cutting the stems from your bouquet and adding a decorative paper cuff. Cut craft paper 28 inches by 6.5 inches, with a slight curve at top. Alternatively, cut a triangle 29 inches by 18 inches, curved at top to create a cone.

  3. Step 3

    Punch along edge of paper to create a decorative border.

  4. Step 4

    Wrap paper cuff or triangle cone around bouquet at the top. Wrap stems with ribbon and tie a bow.

  5. Step 5

    Cut the stems from a single bouquet short and divide it into many little arrangements. These work great on a Valentine's Day dinner table. Frosted cylinder vessels work well, but you can also try tea cups, mint julep vessels, or juice glasses.

  6. Step 6

    DIY corsages can be used to decorate a gift, and of course they make a great gift themselves for someone special to wear throughout the day. Cut flower stem(s) at an angle about 2 to 3 inches from flower.

  7. Step 7

    Arrange blooms to desired place and hold together while wrapping the bottom of the stems with floral tape. Seal bottom tips with floral tape.

  8. Step 8

    Wrap over the floral tape with ribbon starting at the bottom and work your way up. Seal with pins under flower.

  9. Step 9

    Using a pearl-tip pin, attach to ribbon on a gift box or lapel or garment.

The Martha Stewart Show, February 2011

Reviews (1)

  • lanarina12 28 Sep, 2013

    I always buy flowers for my girlfriend on Valentine's Day, she loves roses and I am sure she would like to receive a "boosted store-bought bouquet". She bought a pair of shoes from at our anniversary and I want to make her a surprise, I am sure she would love my present.