Hey guys! It’s Thrifty Style Team day! Thrifty Style Team is a group of talented ladies who get together once a month to bring you thrifty DIY projects and decor inspiration that won’t break the bank! Thrifty Style Team is hosted by my awesome and talented friend Julie at Redhead Can Decorate!
My contribution to this month’s Thrifty Style Team is how to use real flowers in hanging baskets. I love growing flowers to cut and make bouquets for my home. As much as I love the convenience of artificial flowers, I always prefer using real flowers whenever I can. My flower garden really took off this year and gave me a bunch of gorgeous flowers to work with!
All you need is a hanging basket and some sort of container that will hold water. It can be a mason jar like I’m using, a regular jar, a glass, a vase, a plastic container – all it need to do is hold water and fit into your hanging basket! I’m using the infamous hanging basket from Target that became so popular they never could keep it in stock. I was never able to snag one from Target, but Decor Steals got it for one of their daily steals so I snagged two before they sold out there as well. Hopefully they will get more in stock soon!
One of the many things I love about this gorgeous basket is that it will stand up on it’s own, which makes it super easy to work with when filling with flowers. I figured it would be easier to fill the jar halfway up with water and then place it in the basket instead of trying to put the jar inside the basket after I filled it with flowers.
I put packing paper on the sides and front of the jar inside the basket to keep it from tipping over.
Then I filled the baskets with flowers! I’m not by any means an expert at arranging flowers so I just arrange them in a way that I think looks pretty 🙂 I like flower arrangements that are loose and wild and I think I acheived what I was going for!
I hung my flower filled baskets on either side of my hutch in my dining room and added some flowers to one of the pitchers.
The colorful flowers against the otherwise neutral background packs quite a visual wallop!
If you are using fresh cut flowers, they will soak up a LOT of water in the first day after being cut, so be sure to top off the water the next day and check the water level at least every other day afterwards.
Here are several things you can add to the water to get your flowers to last longer. You can also change the water everyday.
That’s it for my tutorial on how to use real flowers in hanging baskets! You won’t want to miss the creative ways to decorate and style on a budget from the talented Thrifty Style Team ladies! You can check them all out through the links below!
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Our Crafty Mom – Cottage Core Old Window Wall Decor
Chas’ Crazy Creations – Easy DIY Chalkboard TV Tray
Cottage On Bunker Hill – DIY Mini Flower Pot Wreath
Happy thrifting and styling!
These look beautiful, clever idea to put a jar in the basket.
Thank you for the inspiration!
You’re very welcome Corine!
Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge says
Michelle, this is absolutely gorgeous! I adore that basket and the flowers are so beautiful. Thanks for the tip about the jar and paper.
You’re very welcome Angie, and thank you!
You are so right – that’s quite the visual wallop! Love the colors. Great idea. Pinned
Thanks so much my friend!
Mary Beth says
This is seriously so beautiful! I absolutely love your style.
Thank you so much Mary Beth!
Your flowers are absolutely beatiful, Michelle.
Thank you so much Paula!
What a great idea, Michelle! You rock!!!
Thank you so much my friend! Another awesome TST in the books!
I adore this idea Michelle! I would love to have a flower garden for picking!!
Thank you Cindy! I was happy to get my flower garden going this year because I skipped last year and really missed it!
Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says
Gosh! I sure hope I run across some hanging baskets like yours!!! Your arrangements look amazing, and I’m super impressed that you grew all those beautiful flowers.
Thanks so much Jane! I hope Decor Steals or Target gets them back in stock soon so you can snag some!
Jennifer Howard says
First of all, this is adorable and I’m obsessed with everything on your hutch!! Secondly, I still kick myself for not grabbing one of those wall baskets when I had the chance!!
Thanks Jennifer! Hopefully Target or Decor Steals gets them back in stock soon so you can snag one!
Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod says
We love this so much! And…you definitely look like a professional floral arranger! Thanks for sharing your great tips!
Thank you so much ladies! 🙂
Laurie @ Vinyet Etc says
Those baskets are so sweet, I simply love them filled with flowers!
Thanks so much Laurie!
Chas Greener says
Oh my gosh what a great idea, and I love how it turned out. Thank you so much for sharing and wonderful hopping with you!
Thanks so much Chas! It was great hopping with you too!
What a beautiful idea, Michelle. I love the shape of the baskets. They add such a lovely touch to your dining room and home.
Thanks so much Meegan!
Keira Ball says
Such a nice and creative idea. Thanks for sharing.
You’re very welcome Keira! I’m happy you liked it!