A Note From The Editor: This is part of our A Lovely Arrangement series, which features inspiration and advice on creating beautiful floral arrangements using inexpensive supermarket flowers. Catch up on previous posts here.


The best part about working with inexpensive flowers is that you have plenty of room to explore, play, and stretch your creativity. The possibilities are truly endless! Although I am typically drawn to neutral colored floral arrangements, I decided it wouldn’t hurt to create something outside of my comfort zone. I selected a small bouquet from the market with bright punches of color and foraged some crape myrtle flowers and branches, which are readily available during the summer. Using an oasis foam and cake stand I made the night before (vintage plate + glass candlestick + E6000 glue), I started building the floral arrangement by placing the largest blooms first. After adding all the flowers from the bouquet, I added the branches and greenery to create an asymmetrical shape (something I love and admire about Amy Osaba’s work).

Once you’ve finished creating the oasis arrangement, use it as a centerpiece for a dinner party and your guests will never believe how much you made it for!

Price: $6

Source: Trader Joe’s + foraged greenery

Tip: Use a knife to puncture holes in the oasis foam so the water can soak in better to keep the arrangement hydrated.

Photo credit: Paige Jones




  1. Hi Allison!
    Well done, I totally agree, inexpensive flowers can be a joy to work with! Even “regular ole greenery” can make a statement when arranged loose and organically like Amy’s work…

    Just wanted to share a link to let you know of some alternatives to using Oasis in your arrangements, better for your health, the environment and your designs!
    From Debra Prinzing’s Blog:

    “That product, I have learned, is a carcinogen that contains formaldehyde (why would you want to touch or breath it?); and furthermore, it does not break down in landfills. I do understand why designers have used it for years. So far, there really isn’t an organic alternative to organizing and arranging flower stems to maintain the perfect form or angle. Yet increasingly, I am meeting and interviewing floral designers who consciously shun the green foam and use alternate materials to stabilize flower stems.”

    – See more at: http://www.debraprinzing.com/2011/03/04/bouquet-making-with-spring-bulbs/#sthash.UGCMp9UF.dpuf

    Hope you find it inspiring!

    Whitney R. White

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