One thing I absolutely love and cannot live without is my morning routine. I wake up, have coffee/breakfast, tidy the house and hit the gym for a long run while watching none other than my fave Good Morning America anchor, Robin Roberts. While my husband is adamant about tracking the major world issues in the morning on FOX and Bloomberg, I really have no interest in being all serious news all the time. I need more of a mix when starting my day, which is probably why I love watching shows like Good Morning America where you can get a rundown of the major world events, local weather, sports highlights (at a really high level), health news, recipes and lighter bits of information (ex. Steals and Deals with Tori and even a heads up on holidays like National Selfie Day).
So why am I rambling on about Good Morning America? Well it just so happens that the show was the inspiration for today's blog post! We all know that I have a serious flower habit and I find myself swooning over the floral arrangements on Good Morning America pretty much every morning. Fortunately, it recently occurred to me that I could probably replicate those gorgeous centerpieces myself! I spent some time studying the flowers in the show's footage and then paid a visit to my local flower supply store. Lo and behold! All of the pieces for creating those gorgeous arrangements were pretty easy to track down and fairly inexpensive. I am sure you are thinking I'm crazy for saying that as you're looking at an arrangement filled with 36 roses. My secret to affordable roses?? Safeway (my local grocery store)! Currently they are selling 18 roses for $12.99, so I paid around $26 for the 36 stems, which is a pretty incredible deal.
My attempt at replicating a gorgeous Good Morning America worthy arrangement was a huge success and I am so excited to share this super easy and oh so beautiful DIY with you all today! See below for all of the details on how I went about creating this floral stunner.
- Make sure you have washed and dried your flower vase before starting
- Take your jungle leaf and cut it lengthwise along the spine of the leave on both sides to create two leave strips
- Line the interior of your vase with each leaf half, making sure to place the freshly cut side down
- Place a 6.5-7inch long piece of oasis in the center of the bowl and fill the bowl with tap water, making sure to have the water saturating the entire piece of oasis as it fills the vase to about the halfway mark.
- I also like to poke holes in my oasis with a bamboo skewer to ensure that water saturates the oasis all the way to the center and also to reduce the level of resistance when inserting the flower stems.
- Remove leaves from roses and cut the stems under standing water and on a diagonal. I would recommend trimming and arranging each flower one at a time to reduce the freshly cut stem's exposure to air. **Stems that are overexposed to air will die faster, so going one at a time will help to increase the overall longevity of your blooms.
- Start arranging the bottom perimeter first. These stems can be cut the shortest as they are being placed closest to the water.
- Once you have completed arranging a row of flowers along the perimeter, repeat the process for the next level up. Noting that with each tier, your stems should be cut slightly longer.
- When all flowers have been arranged, you can tweak the layers to ensure that they are even and no holes have been missed.
- This arrangement is great for a dining table, because the low profile of the arrangement won't obstruct your view of fellow dinner guests.