Repurposing Flower Arrangements

“I must have flowers, always and always.” – Claude Monet

| By Amelia Stolarz |

April showers bring May flowers, but June weddings bring centerpieces to take home…

Catered formal dinners often come with centerpieces of beautiful floral arrangements that the host may offer for guests to bring back.

Sometimes these large floral arrangements seem overwhelming to take. But if you’re lucky enough to get one, take along some creativity.

Here’s where to start:

  1. Take the arrangement apart and trim the stem bottoms.
  2. Make several small arrangements from it, perhaps grouping by flower.
  3. Add one of those flower food packets you get from the florist to the vases. Or you can make your own flower food by combining 1 quart of water with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of white sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of bleach.
  4. Some flowers can be replanted and take new life! Read on.


Hydrangeas are often the first to wilt and appear dead. Don’t believe it. After my daughter’s recent wedding, I added them to a vase with boiled water and a flower food packet and the next day, most of them looked fresh as a daisy. These revived hydrangeas lasted more than 10 days. People have also told me that this works with ice water.


Cut orchids can be replanted. I stuck some in an existing pot of plants on my front porch and am watching to see if they take root. Even if it’s temporary, they add a delightful pop of color to a plant for the time being.


Curly Willow

Curly willow can be enjoyed for years to come. I enjoy it in a vase by itself and then when fresh flowers come into the house, I’ll add them to the vase with the curly willow and water.

A few other ideas:

  • Add them to an orchid plant as a stake to hold up your orchid.
  • If you are crafty, you might try weaving them into a wreath.
  • Wrap LED lights around them for a festive look.
  • You can also stick them in the ground. They may take root and even sprout some greens!


Have fun with the flowers and send the event host pictures of your creations.

We’d love to see pictures of your creative arrangements.

Here’s a timeline of my centerpiece flowers from my daughter’s wedding in April that I repurposed in vases around the house:

Two Days After the Wedding (and 5 Hours in the Car)



Seven Days Later


10 Days Later… Still Going Strong



13239220_868867996558951_5623648985723637852_nAmelia Stolarz is a lifelong organizing guru, an avid gluten-free baker and a Certified Public Accountant.

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