The secret to making this floral arrangement easy is simply the use of the frog. What's a frog you ask? There are 2 types of floral frogs, one that looks like a bunch of pins that you place in the bottom of a container that you "stick" the stems into and the criss-crossed metal kind I am using.
I was SO excited to find this package of frog lid inserts when I was walking through Hobby Lobby on Saturday, they hopped right into my cart! (see what I did there, wink wink, nudge nudge)
The lid insert is so easy to use, it's fool-proof! Simply unscrew the band, pop off the lid and replace it with the frog, and tighten the band back on the jar. Now you are ready to arrange your flowers! Doesn't this blue Heritage Mason Jar from Ball just scream, "Put some pretty flowers in me, please!"?
Start by filling up your jar 3/4 full with water. Then, trim your stems (I like to do that under running water at an angle) and strip any greenery that will be below the water level. Leaving leaves and other greenery inside the water will cause it to rot early.
I like to place my accent flowers (in this case carnations and alstromeria) at 12, 6, 3, & 9 o'clock. Then I place my focal flower (the sunflower) in the center of the frog. Lastly I use the fillers to fill out the empty spots.
In about 10 minutes you've taken an $8 grocery store bouquet and turned it into a lovely, chic floral arrangement that is perfect to brighten up your desk (as mine is doing), kitchen, or give as a gift!