Nothing says spring quite like a dazzling bouquet of fresh flowers. They’re bright, colorful, and amazingly fragrant—what’s not to love?

However, buying weekly arrangements from a florist certainly isn't in the budget for most of us—which is why we asked Christina Stembel, the founder and CEO of Farmgirl Flowers, for tips on creating budget-friendly bouquets from store-bought blooms.

Whether you want to create a beautiful centerpiece for your kitchen table or a hand-wrapped bouquet to give as a gift, here are Stembel’s most helpful DIY tips for transforming grocery store flowers into professional arrangements.

Words by Camryn Rabideau at Food52

[Photo via @crownsbychristy]