Create 3 arrangements with 1 bouquet of flowers

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Flowers are a Valentine's Day staple, but when you have to buy for mom, daughters, and others, those arrangements can get pricey.

But you can stretch a bouquet to help stretch your dollar and still keep the ladies in your life happy.

"Arrangements for small, you're looking at around $25," said H-E-B florist Clifton Hawkins. "Now, what we are going to do is show you how to break it down. A $30 bouquet can create three $10 arrangements for Valentine's."

Start with small vases that you can find at most Dollar Stores. Before you buy new, check your pantry for old ones or get creative with mason jars and unique glasses.

Once you have three, head to your local florist or grocery store and pick up a medium-sized arrangement. After you choose a bouquet, take scissors and cut apart the flowers and choose your first theme.

"We are going to use one of the hydrangeas, and we are going to nest two of the roses side by side," Hawkins said. "Once you place it in the vase, move it around and play with it."

Group the flowers in a cluster and keep the greenery for filler. Also, make sure to cut off the ends midway.

"Now, we already have one of the arrangements done for around $10. Now we have two more to complete," Hawkins said.

Choose a new theme with various shapes of flowers and repeat the process.

For the third arrangement, Hawkins suggests keeping the remaining flowers low to give them a fuller look that isn't so scrawny. Cut the ends short and place in a low profile vase, and it's perfect for a small table.

Once you're finished, you'll have three different arrangements that you can either gift to three people or place in three different rooms in your home. Taking the $30 bouquet and breaking it down until three separate $10 arrangements
will save around $50-$75.

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