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How-To Arrange Flowers in Large Containers

The super easy trick for arranging flowers in a bucket or other large containers. 

How to arrange flowers - Overhead view of bouquet of pink roses in a large pink pail

A few weeks ago I was at Costco and they had two dozen flowers on sale for $13.99. I really enjoy having fresh flowers around the house and for this price, I grabbed a bunch and didn't look back.

How to arrange flowers - Two dozen beautiful pink roses in wrapper lying on table next to pink metal bucket

Once I got home I was looking for a vase, my kitchen is still not back together since the remodel, and I couldn't find a vase but I did spy a pink pail I bought from the dollar spot at Target back in the spring and that's when I started thinking.  I am not sure if the pail is purely decorative or if it would hold water and rather than fill it with water and see if it would work I decided to try something different which I am so glad I did.

How to arrange flowers - Two blue tinted mason jars on table in front of two dozen pink roses and a large pink metal bucket

Not only did this trick work great because of the water issue but also it made arranging the flowers so much easier.

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Supplies:
Ball Wide Mouth Elite Collection Quart Jars (4 Pack), Blue
Mason Jars
Pail or other large container
Flowers

How To Arrange Flowers in Large Containers

How to arrange flowers - Pink metal oblong pail, two dozen pink roses and a blue Ball mason jar on dining room table

I pulled two mason jars from my stash, checked to make sure they would fit side-by-side in the pail and then got to work.

How to arrange flowers - Pink metal pain with pink roses behind it, scissors, and cut greens in the foreground

I filled both jars with water and food and then started measuring the length of the roses and started cutting.

How to arrange flowers - cuttings from two dozen roses on a wooden table in front of a pink metal pail

I like to measure one perfectly and use that as my guide.

That works great when you want everything to be approximately the same height and that's the look I wanted for this display so I was good to go.

As I went along, I placed one dozen roses in each jar. It was a perfect snug fit.

How to arrange flowers - Two dozen pink roses in a pink oblong metal pail on dining room table

Once I was done, I placed the jars in my pail.

How to arrange flowers - Close up of pink roses arranged in a pink pail with green rose cuttings in front of bucket on dining room table

That is the secret...the whole entire thrifty tip. Use.Jars.Bam.Done.

How to arrange flowers - Overhead view of beautiful pink roses in a pink bucket on top of white eyelet fabric

This was a "new" to me tip but some of you probably already knew this.

How to arrange flowers - Side view of pink roses in a pink bucket

If you didn't but have another tip for arranging flowers, I would love to know it!

How to arrange flowers - Pink metal bucket filled with open blooming pink roses

And that's it for me!  Check out all of the other thrifty inspiration from the Thrifty Style Team below.

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Please be sure to check out all of the other thrifty and beautiful posts from the Thrifty Style Team!

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31 Comments

  1. I don’t know if I knew that tip, but I do know your display turned out mighty fine!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Miss Bliss!

  2. Love the jars trick Mary Beth, and those roses and little pink bucket are gorgeous!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Cindy!

  3. Mary Beth, I'm totally smitten with your pretty pink roses and pink bucket. You knocked it out of the park! How fun to find such a deal.
    Last summer our supermarket had the most amazing bouquets about now for a good price. This year... they have the same flowers... but the mixtures are terrible... glads and sunflowers and lisianthus with a few other varieties and all different colors in one bouq. Seriously... I was bummed yesterday when a new order was delivered there. That makes your simple pretty bouquet even prettier to me. It's like a breath of fresh air!!
    Happy Day, my friend!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, sweet friend! I seem to always go with roses but I LOVE big bouquets of mixed flowers especially this time of year when you can get sunflowers in a bouquet. I haven't seen any....yet! Hopefully, soon.

  4. Absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Deborah!

  5. I just adore your pink roses in your pink container! I have a similar white container from the Grove people. Now I know what to do with it!!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Jane! The Grove bucket was the reason I bought this one when I saw it. I really wanted a Grove one and since I couldn't get it, this was the next best thing.

  6. Kristi Dominguez says:

    What a clever trick! And don't those look so lovely with your pink container!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Kristi. I have been wanting to use that container for a while and now that the flowers are gone, I'm trying to think what's next for it!

  7. What a great idea! Especially when something isn't waterproof. Love the pink bucket!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, MaryJean.

  8. Great tip Mary Beth, and so easy! Love your pretty pink bucket and roses!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Kristi!

  9. Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod says:

    Mary Beth - your floral display is beautiful. We too have used this trick and it really does make all the difference in the world. So much easier than trying to "custom-fill" a container for an arrangement. We had no idea that Costco sold fresh flowers...another great tip!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, ladies! I was just at Costco today and they had huge sunflower bouquets for only $11.99!

  10. You come up with the best ideas!
    Your sweet pink buckets do roses are perfection.
    Thank you for sharing.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Meegan! <3

  11. This is so cute. Love the idea of using mason jars. Fresh flowers are the best.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Pamela, and I agree. Fresh flowers are the best. I don't get them often but when I do I always think they are such a blessing.

  12. This is a great tip - and I love that pink can with the roses, so pretty.

    Here from "Home Style Gathering"

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Rachelle!

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  15. Kim @Serving Up Southern says:

    Hi, Mary Beth!

    I'm just letting you know that you are one of my features this week over at Homestyle Gathering. Thanks so much for joining us and sharing! I hope you'll come back and join us again at HG!

    >>> Kim

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Kim!!!

  16. Brilliant!! Just Brilliant!! Those roses were a deal by the way - they are beautiful!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Cindy! I love when I can get roses and the cost doesn't leave me feeling guilty. 🙂