Lengthen the life of your blooms using everyday household items.

By Brandi Broxson
Updated June 19, 2017
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Sarah Yang
Sarah Yang

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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.

2
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.

3
Straw as Stem Extender

Lengthen the stems of roses and ranunculus to fit a vase with a drinking straw. Place the bottom of each stem inside a straw, then arrange the flowers as you normally would.