Lengthen the life of your blooms using everyday household items.
Mesh Produce Bag as Flower Arranger
To keep flimsy blooms perky and upright, cut out a section of a mesh bag and stretch it over the mouth of a mason jar. Hold it in place by screwing on a canning jar band (from a jar with a two-part lid). Trim away any excess material. Poke stems through the mesh openings.
Lemon Lime Soda as Makeshift Flower Food
No food packet with your bouquet? Roses thrive in a vase filled with equal parts water and lemon-lime soda—the sugar, citric acid, and preservatives do the trick.