HOW TO DO FLOWER ARRANGING AND EARN EXTRA MONEY
I didn’t really know how to do flower arranging until I got married. I wanted to save money on my wedding and when I started looking at the cost of wedding flowers I was sure I could do it cheaper myself.
For my wedding I needed 3 bouquets, flowers for the guest tables, flowers for the top table, button holes and a cake topper. The cost was hundreds of pounds!
Fresh flowers were the most expensive and I didn’t want the stress on the day of waiting for fresh flowers to arrive. To me, it was just another thing to worry about, so I settled on artificial flowers.
I decided to have a go at making my own and made a huge saving with all of my wedding flowers costing me £70. After the wedding I then sold them in the local paper for £50 which gave me the idea of flower arranging to earn extra money.
Today I will share with you how you can do the same using artificial flowers.
Doing flower arranging to earn extra money is fairly easy, even if you’ve never done flower arranging before. As long as you start off small, you can make very simple bouquets and flower arrangements with ease.
Where to Buy Supplies
At first, I was buying my flowers on eBay and there is a good range if you are only in need of a small amount of flowers or just want to have a go without investing too much money. However, the most cost effective way is to find a wholesaler.
I used Excelsior Wholesale. Their range is huge and they have a warehouse in the Midlands that you can wander around for hours. They have a minimum order of £75 plus VAT for your first order but for that you will get a huge amount of flowers and accessories and could easily double or even treble your investment!
I have always found the staff really helpful, so if you are unsure of what you need, you can call them and they are happy to provide advice.
You can take a look around their website here.
What You Will Need
Here are the very basic materials and tools that I recommend you purchase to get started:
- Silk or Foam Flowers (I used foam flowers as I think they are a little more realistic)
- Florist Tape
- Wire Cutters (click here)
- A Glue Gun (click here)
How to Do Flower Arranging
I basically taught myself by just playing around with the flowers and wires and looking at photos of bouquets in magazines and on-line.
If you need a little more help, there are many tutorials teaching you how to arrange flowers. Here are just a couple to get your started.
DIY Bridal Bouquet
How to Create a Loose Informal Bouquet
For cake toppers, you simply make a much smaller bouquet with short stems to sit on top of the cake, or you can buy an oasis to arrange the flowers in and place it in a small tin foil tray. Just make sure you cover the tray with the flower arrangement.
Where to Sell
I used to sell my flowers in local newspapers but that was quite a few years ago and with social media, there are now so many more ways you can sell. If I was starting again now, I would sell in the following places:
- Set Up a Facebook Page
- Sell to Friends and Family
- Post in Facebook Wedding Groups
- List on eBay
- Sell on Amazon
- Run a market stall
- Set up an Etsy Shop
- Advertise for free on Craigslist and in Local Papers
- Set up a Stall at Local Craft Shows/Wedding Shows/Summer Fayres
- Contact local businesses, restaurants, spas and salons and anywhere else you can think of that may require a flower arrangement.
Other Things That May Help You
- Get some business cards here to hand out to people.
- Make sure you have a large table or work space to lay out your flowers.
- Collect some cardboard boxes to keep your bouquets in once they are made.
- Take some good quality photographs of your arrangements for you to share.
- Be patient with yourself and practice a few times, you’ll soon get the hang of it.
- If you are going to be posting them out, think about what packaging you may need. Some large bubble wrap like this is perfect.
Once you get some experience with flower arranging, you will be able to buy other supplies to expand your range.
Other arrangements I have made include the following:
- Setting flowers in a glass vase with pebbles and resin.
- Making alice bands for Flower Girls.
- Making table arrangements for a local business.
- Making funeral flowers.
It is possible to make a nice extra income or even a full-time income from flower arranging.
Let your imagination and artistic spirit flow and the sky is the limit!
Have you ever had a go at flower arranging? Do you know anyone who may want to save money on their wedding flowers, perhaps you could help them?
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