how to make a weed bouquet

how to make a weed bouquet

The arrival of spring means that a lot of beautiful things are about to bloom. It also means that some not-so-beautiful things are about to arrive as well… I’m talking about every lawn’s enemy: weeds. We have have a cringe-worthy abundance of these, but I’ve figured out how to make the best of the situation and how you can to. What I’m suggesting is a weed bouquet. Sound hideous? Maybe! But as far as decorative experiments go, this is quite cost-effective. In fact…completely free.

Be warned: making a bouquet out of weeds is extremely challenging. It takes patience and quite a bit of practice, wink wink. However, if you persevere and follow the ten steps below very carefully, you just might get the hang of it.

1. First, as spring begins to emerge, do not do a thing to your yard. Sit on your front porch and make statements, like, “Wow, I can’t believe spring is already here.” And: “Things sure are growing fast.” Laconically sip some coffee, wine, or lemonade. “I guess we’ll have to start dealing with the lawn and the garden…” Sigh a few times.

2. Continue sitting and wonder: what makes a weed a weed? What is the official difference between a weed and a flower? After all, some weeds are ugly and others aren’t half bad. For example, I’m pretty sure these little white flowering numbers are weeds. They have rather aggressively sprouted by the rocks that line our driveway:

white weeds

On the other hand, I’m not so sure about these – they seem pretty enough to qualify as flowers – the little petals are so shiny they seem to be covered in glossy paint. However, the way they have come up in the middle of the lawn is somewhat suspicious:

yellow weeds

3. Once you have gotten up out of your chair, stay alert, keep your eyes open, bend your knees. Case in point: I didn’t see this curly chive until I was on my hind quarters snapping photos of the weeds, above. But he made my day. Literally, I could have just gotten in bed then, because I knew things couldn’t possibly get better from there. (Would it be weird to put this in your lapel for the day, or work it into your hair-do? I considered it.)

curly chive

4. Say to yourself, either silently or aloud: “Maybe some of those would look good in a vase.”

5. Run and grab your scissors from the kitchen junk drawer. But obviously, don’t run once you have them in your hands.

6. DO NOT cut these for your weed bouquet – these are not weeds. Do stop to smell them, though – their scent is wonderful – your nostrils will thank you.


7. Likewise, make sure you don’t accidentally include poison ivy. That could be painful. And weed bouquets can be awkward, even uncomfortable, but they shouldn’t cause out-right pain.

8. Rummage around your house for a vase worthy of weeds. I chose the light bulb-shaped vase I purchased from my friend Suzanne’s etsy vintage shop, Selected and Collected. . (It arrived in the mail with a nice note and these adorable paper flowers.)

light bulb vase

9. Then, dig deep and make contact with your inner flower arranger.

weed bouquet 2

10. Commence bragging. Say things like, “Voila! Here is my weed bouquet!” and flourish your arm with theatrical aplomb. Because, really, is there anything more noteworthy than making something beautiful out of something most people revile? I, for one, believe there is truly no better way to celebrate spring.


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15 replies

  1. Hahaha!! Reminds me of a few years ago when I lovingly grew a weed in a pot that I thought was something I had planted. It was full-grown before my mom finally clued me in.

    LOVE the vase! It’s like visiting an old friend. 🙂 And since we’re on the subject of my shop, I just listed a giant brass cricket last night that I’m sure you’ll be needing. (kidding.)

    Happy Tuesday!

  2. Hi! I was just cruising thru my niece Suzanne’s blog and took a side trip to yours. (Just wanted to see which of her Etsy items had traveled to Nyack NY.) Regarding what makes a weed a weed: I operate on the premise that flowers are invited, and weeds are not. So I’ve gone out and Personally Invited all the growing things that I can’t keep up with. No more stress! I enjoyed reading your blog today! “Aunt Barb”

    • I think it is celandine – based on the google image search I just did – the petals are/were shiny just like that (they are gone but now the dandelions have moved in…)

  3. Yes, your shiny yellow flowers are Lesser Celandine, aka Pilewort, or Fig Buttercup (Ficaria verna). Verna implying springtime (like vernal equinox), because they flower in early spring. It is toxic in large doses, and can spread, but personally I like it more than grass!

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