Monday Morning Blooms: Lola and Gracie-Inspired Puppy Bouquet

Create a puppy bouquet flower arrangement with this easy tutorial. This DIY is dog gone fun to create and share with someone in need of some puppy love, at a fraction of the price as one from the florist!

 Welcome to Monday Morning Blooms, the first Monday and third Mondays of the month! Flowers = Happy for me, ideal to chase away the Monday morning blues! I’ll take all the flower therapy I can get these days, as we’ve been stuck in a rainy weather pattern for months. If you’re also in need of some flower therapy, you’re in luck as you’ll find my blogging friends’ links to their blooming creations at the bottom of this post.

 Our challenge for the first Monday Morning Blooms’ edition of the New Year, was to use one type of flower in our arrangement. This was especially challenging as I found the flower-pickings were slim the first week in January. . . as if all the stores had gone on a flower diet after all the holiday blooming and bingeing!

Fortunately, I was able to find white carnations and had some four-legged inspiration to work with. . .

I first saw a version of this ‘puppy bouquet’ at my vet’s office about 5 years ago. More recently, I’ve seen them popping up on Pinterest.

To create your puppy bouquet, start with a block of wet floral foam and carnations. I used a total of 13 carnations.

Tip: When using wet floral foam, use the “float soak” method and place the floral foam brick on top of the water. Let the floral foam gradually absorb the water until it’s fully saturated. Plunging the floral foam in the water traps air bubbles and will prohibit the transfer of water from the foam to the flower stems.

I also used some self-sealing floral tape and florist wire.

Place your wet foam in the container of your choice. I used a Buffalo check fabric bucket I found at the Dollar Spot at Target a few years ago. I placed the wet foam inside a plastic bowl in the bucket and lined the interior of the bucket with plastic bags in case of a spill and to keep the bowl from shifting inside the bucket.

Start with three carnations, holding them in your hand to make the shape of the puppy’s face, one in the front for the nose and two further back for the eyes.

Add two more carnations higher up on the puppy’s head for the ears. Once you have your puppy head arranged to your satisfaction, cut the ends of the stems and tape them together with floral stem wrap. I added two carnations in the middle between the ears, using 7 carnations in total for the puppy head.

If you’re not familiar with floral tape or stem wrap, it will only stick to itself. Stretch it as you wrap your floral stems, which will activate the wax adhesive on the tape. Place the wrapped stems in the wet floral foam at your desired height in your container.

To create puppy legs, place three carnations in a row in the foam to form a line for a leg.

Fill in around your puppy with additional flowers or greenery of your choice. I used some fresh juniper clipped from a tree in the yard. Because I am a hoarder, I saved the pine cone and ribbon picks from my Christmas Lynch Creek Farm tartan centerpiece and used them fill in among the greenery.

I found animal eyes and noses at Hobby Lobby for $1.99 for the puppy face. Download their mobile app so you have access to their weekly 40% off coupon when you shop.

To attach the eyes and noses, I wrapped some florist wire around the shank of each piece to attach a toothpick.

Tuck the toothpick between folds of the carnation or between two flowers. If your toothpick is too long, snap it off to the length you need to add the pick to the flower, tucking it in between the petals. Alternatively, you can use a floral adhesive used for corsages, to attach the eyes and nose, but I didn’t have any. This seemed easier than glue, as you can reposition the features until you have them where you want them to *sit* and *stay*. 🐾🐾

I added some snowflake picks from my Christmas stash that I previously used for a White Christmas arrangement.

This is a super easy and dog gone fun arrangement to create and share with someone in need of some puppy love!

Lola and Gracie said to tell you that florists’ versions of this arrangement *fetch* around $60. Eight dollars-worth of carnations from the grocery store make this arrangement super affordable by comparison and long-lasting too!

Lola says she is needing a haircut! We’re keeping her clipped in puppy cut instead the recognizable Bichon hairdo and she gets a little shaggy when it’s close to grooming time.🐾

 Gracie is a veteran when it comes to posing for photos, but Lola said it’s exhausting for a puppy to stay still for so long. .  .

Visit my talented blogging friends to see their blooming inspiration this week:

 Pam at Everyday Living

Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

Shirley at Housepitality Designs

Yvonne at StoneGable

Thank you for your visit, sharing with:

 Between Naps on the Porch,
StoneGableConfessions of a Plate Addict, Worthing Court, Cedar Hill Farmhouse

  87 comments for “Monday Morning Blooms: Lola and Gracie-Inspired Puppy Bouquet

  1. Barbara Noland
    January 7, 2019 at 6:13 am

    love, love, love your puppy flowers.

  2. Daphne Thomas
    January 7, 2019 at 6:36 am

    You did a fabulous job creating the puppy – so realistic. I know you have 2 beautiful models but your creativity is always over the top.
    Perfection!!!
    Have a great week, hope it is a sunny one.

  3. Gail
    January 7, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Adorable to the 3rd power

  4. January 7, 2019 at 6:49 am

    Cuteness overload this morning Mary! I love seeing your furbabies and your puppy bouquet is adorable! Thank you for the tutorial, you make feel like I could make one of these myself!

    P.S. I love Lola’s “do”, I think you should keep her in a puppy cut for as long as possible! 🐾🐾

  5. January 7, 2019 at 6:59 am

    OMG!! Wish I knew someone who needed this…what a beautiful, cute, lovable idea!! You now have 3 puppies!! Thank you for the idea….this one is a keeper!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  6. Linda L
    January 7, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Okay, that is one of the cutest things I’ve seen! So clever of you to replicate the $60.00 version.
    I’m in love with that carnation puppy.

  7. January 7, 2019 at 7:13 am

    Oh emm gee, this is so ADORABLE Mary!! Now I want to make one of these puppy arrangements for my niece who would love it, I only wish I had a white, fluffy one to help me create it! Thanks for the excellent tutorial and the smiles this morning! 🐾

  8. Rita C.
    January 7, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Well, if it were raining cats and DOGS of this type, I’d say the more the merrier! This is so freakin’ creative, Mary! Honestly, I thought it was a stuffed animal when I first saw the lead photo. I wonder what Lola and Grace were thinking when they saw this puppy, lol. What a very fun way to start the week.

  9. January 7, 2019 at 7:25 am

    When I first saw your image for today’s Monday Morning Blooms I literally fell off my chair and the fall knocked my socks off!….this is beyond adorable and I am sure Lola and Gracie have been wondering who is their new playmate! I think I shall be doing many of these to come as I have so many furry friend lovers! You are definitely putting many smiles on faces today! Have a great day to my fellow Monday Morning Bloomer!

  10. January 7, 2019 at 7:34 am

    That is the cutest arrangement, Mary! I hope your babies are jealous of the new pup. :)

  11. Maureen
    January 7, 2019 at 7:35 am

    This is absolutely adorable! I appreciate all your steps to create the puppy! So clever! Happy Monday!

  12. Kellee
    January 7, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Too cute…the amazingly creative floral arrangement and your little puff balls of inspiration. I’m smiling!

  13. January 7, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Oh my stars !!!! Absolutely adorable. A pretty flower “pet”.

  14. Kaye Moore
    January 7, 2019 at 8:14 am

    This floral arrangement is adorable. It looks like Lola is a natural.

  15. SUSAN
    January 7, 2019 at 8:19 am

    That is just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!! I love it 🥰

  16. January 7, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Mary, your creativity never ceases to amaze me. This is adorable and so clever.
    How did Lola and Gracie react to the arrangement?
    Fun post and informative also.

  17. January 7, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Oh Mary, you have made my day!! I have been dying for you to do this, and of course it is fantastic! Your carnation puppy looks just like Lola!! I love her puppy cut btw, so precious! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial and the tips on using floral foam…I can guarantee you are going to start a trend with this darling arrangement!
    Jenna

  18. Sue Farmer
    January 7, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Absolutely adorable Mary!!!

  19. Jane
    January 7, 2019 at 8:32 am

    Oh my goodness, you never cease to amaze me with your creativity! How precious!

  20. January 7, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Oh how adorable! Your tutorial was outstanding, again!

    Lola and Grace have a new friend!

    Have a beautiful week my friend.

  21. January 7, 2019 at 8:46 am

    ADORABLE Mary! This is too cute for words, especially with your girls heads in the background behind your arrangement! Thanks for the smiles this morning. BTW, I love Lola’s cut! 🐾🐾

  22. January 7, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Oh my gosh, Mary, I thought at first that you’d went and got a third puppy!! Your little pup grew right before our eyes, and it is the cutest flower arrangement ever!!!! You made my day with such a happy tutorial. You’re the best!

  23. Debbie
    January 7, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Ok – that’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

  24. Karen Moore
    January 7, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Absolutely adorable.

  25. January 7, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Wow I can’t say enough about how cute this is! I appreciated your tutorial. I was wondering how you created the nose and eyes because all I could think of was black jelly beans! Well this new floral pup won’t need any dog food but it sure looks a lot like the real thing!

  26. Donna
    January 7, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Nothing could be cuter. . . . especially on a gray day. Thank you for sharing your talent. Wowsa.

  27. Janet O. Robinson
    January 7, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Mary, I love your puppy flower! The girls look beautiful and Lola is adjusting well! She loves posing it seems!

  28. Vicki
    January 7, 2019 at 9:27 am

    WTC (way too cute)! I’ve had actually ordered these from flower shops, and the recipients have always loved ’em. I always wondered how to make them, and now I know. Gracie & Lola to a T – just adorable!. Thanks so much for sharing, Mary.

  29. RS
    January 7, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Oh my goodness! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  30. January 7, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Puppy love times three❣️🐾🐾🐾

  31. Donna
    January 7, 2019 at 9:49 am

    What a GREAT way to start Monday. So adorable

  32. anne
    January 7, 2019 at 10:32 am

    This is too adorable for words! I love a puppy cut. I remember the first time I had my Pom cut like that! She was precious. Enjoy your week, Mary. Thanks for the smiles.

  33. Denise Anderson
    January 7, 2019 at 10:54 am

    This puppy bouquet is adorable!

  34. S Williams
    January 7, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Mary, This is adorable! Pinned it for future reference. My hubby loved it & informed me I needed to make one as he thought it was so cute. Lola & Gracie are so cute! Love both of their “dos”! Lola must keep that puppy cut for as long as possible. Wishing you a marvelous Monday! Clara

  35. January 7, 2019 at 11:30 am

    OMGoodness, this is the CUTEST thing I have ever seen! And the plaid container, ribbon and PUPS just are the icing on the cake! Thanks so much for this. I have a neighbor with 2 Bichons and I am going to make one for her! Adorable!!!!

  36. January 7, 2019 at 11:33 am

    That is beyond precious, Mary, just so stinkin’ cute!!!

  37. frenchgardenhouse
    January 7, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Oh my goodness! Mary!! How cute is this? Who wouldn’t adore a puppy arrangement like this? You always amaze me with your creativity, this arrangement is over the top wonderful. I can think of so many times when this would be absolutely perfect to gift to someone. I think Lola and Gracie may have met their match in cuteness…no, don’t worry girls, you will always be the cutest at Mary’s house. I love being a part of our Monday Morning Blooms with you….I think I may need to step it up! xoxo Lidy

  38. January 7, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Mary, what a creative and fun way to use carnations. You always amaze me at how you think outside the box. I can only guess what Lola and Gracie thought of their new guest. Just like Shirley said, when I saw your preview picture it did knock my socks off. It is always a pleasure to share Monday Morning Blooms with you. Wishing you a most wonderful day!

  39. Shirley Graham
    January 7, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Love your bouquet! Lola & Gracie are so sweet – love them too! An overcast day here so must get out & about for my sanity! Happy Monday & Thank You again!!!

  40. Cyndi Raines
    January 7, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    OH. MY. GOSH, SO Cute! I can’t stop looking at it! It looks So Real! Ha. I thought you used black jelly beans for the eyes and nose also! What a great tutorial, thank you. Pinned for sure! Will need to do this for my sister who loves doggies! Than you Mary. ♥️🐾🐶

  41. January 7, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Mary, that is sooooooooooo ADORABLE. Thanks for sharing how to make it with us. Happy New Year.

  42. Nancy P
    January 7, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Thank you for an uplifting morning post on this cold, dreary day. i don’t have a dog but if i were to adopt one, it would be that darling flower arrangement. Your creativity blesses my day. Thank you.

  43. Gina
    January 7, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Absolutely adorable! Brightened my day!

  44. Marilyn Morphis
    January 7, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    That is just to “stinkin” cute.

  45. Cyndi Raines
    January 7, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    P.s. Mary, I’ve read this again as it is just so Darling! But I counted the use of 6, but did you really use 7 carnations? It is just so dog -gone cute, I can’t stand it! Thank you again for another awesome, fun project! We are off to a great year! The girls look picture perfect as they pose and I agree with the others, keep little Miss Lola in her puppy cut as long as possible, please. ♥️🐾 Thanks Mary!

    • January 7, 2019 at 1:13 pm

      Thank you Cyndi, there are 7, in the head. I had to go back and count myself again! :) There are 4 across the top. One sort of sits below another. 🐾🐾

      • Cyndi Raines
        January 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm

        Thanks Mary for double checking for me. I so want to make this for my sister and I want it to be as cute as yours!
        I just love this! Lol🐾♥️

      • January 7, 2019 at 7:09 pm

        I’m sure it will be, she’ll love it! 🐾 ♥

  46. Lyn
    January 7, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    That is the cutest arrangement!!! You are so fun and talented.
    Your pups are adorable too! Great models!

  47. Sue
    January 7, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Oh so cute, and happy Mary! Just love it and your tutorial…

  48. Tricia Miller
    January 7, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Love it!

  49. Linda
    January 7, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Your doggies are just so adorable and yes I still like the ” untrimmed ” look . The flower arrangement is just too cute and looks just like them !

  50. Laura T.
    January 7, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    I love the adorable flower dog! When I was younger, the big thing to buy from the florist was a dog face made with an oversized mum. I haven’t seen anything like that in a long time! This is even cuter!!!

  51. Linda Cunningham
    January 7, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    You never cease to amaze us. How cute!!! Love to start off my Monday morning with something sooooo creative and fun. Thank you, Mary

  52. January 7, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Mary, this is the cutest idea! I’ve become to appreciate cornations again. They were the flower of my youth, my birthmonth flower, and also the flower of my sorority, so for years I’ve not bought them. That all changed last year when a friend gave me a bouquet of the antique carnations. They were gorgeous and lasted for weeks on end. I favor white carnations too. I think I may go buy a bouquetof carnations today! Thanks for sharing this cute idea.

  53. January 7, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    That is precious!

  54. January 7, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    I always have white carnations fresh on my nightstand, I love the fragrance in the cool nights, i will NEVER THINK THE SAME ABOUT THEM AGAIN! Your two, ok three, little muffin pics are THE CUTEST EVER!!! Thanks for the laughs!

  55. Linda
    January 7, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Just too cute!!!

  56. January 7, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Mary, I enjoy your blog soooo much! Thanks as always for your creativity but especially for the tutorial. That’s really helpful!!

  57. Grace
    January 7, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Your arrangement is as cute as the real doggies!

  58. Granny Gay:)
    January 7, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    So real looking that I thought you had gotten another pup! Super job, Mary!!! Cute…cute..cute…

  59. January 7, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    How truly adorable. Such a great match to your babies.

  60. Barbara Heinemann
    January 7, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Total cuteness!!! I hope Gracie and Lola aren’t too jealous! 💕

  61. Linda S. in NE
    January 7, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Mary, This is just way too cute for our own good!! I must echo what others are saying about keeping Lola in her “puppy cut” for as long as possible. So glad to see the pups in the background of your photos. I hope PuppyClaus was good to the girls.

  62. Sue
    January 7, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    This could not be cuter!! Thank you so much!

  63. Susan
    January 7, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Every single thing about this arrangement is perfect! That’s the only word that is adequate!

  64. Sue
    January 7, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    So very cute and you have the cutest inspiration!

  65. January 7, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    So adorable! I want one!LOL

  66. January 8, 2019 at 5:21 am

    OMG-cutest thing ever!!! Your arrangement looks amazing Mary-great job and fantastic tutorial too:@)

  67. January 8, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Simply adorable!

  68. Robyn
    January 8, 2019 at 9:22 am

    I love this! It is adorable! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! Can’t wait to try it!

  69. Donna B Oliphint
    January 8, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Well, that’s just adorable! Thank you for the tutorial to brighten our day!

  70. January 8, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    OmGoodness that is so adorable….you will have to give your new puffball a name! Such a great way to get back to blogging and see your blog! Happy New Year Mary!

  71. Marie in AZ
    January 9, 2019 at 6:57 am

    So dog-gone cute!!! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist, LOL). Love this!

  72. January 10, 2019 at 3:45 am

    Looks just like Lola! Beautiful flowers!

  73. January 11, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    That is so stinkin’ adorable. I’m not even a dog-person (per se), and I can’t keep from staring! Passing on to a few of my dog-loving friends! Saw your arrangement over at Yvonne’s. ;-)

  74. myweeabode
    January 11, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    That is so stinkin’ adorable. I’m not even a dog-person (per se), and I can’t keep from staring! Passing on to a few of my dog-loving friends! Saw your arrangement over at Yvonne’s. ;-)

  75. Jan
    January 15, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    I have never seen a puppy arrangement. Too, too adorable. Thank you so much for sharing. I have 4 fur babies, they might get jealous if they ssw your precios 3rd baby.

  76. Linda Woellert
    February 4, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Beautiful arrangements, beautiful fur babies, and I have been inspired for all upcoming events.

  77. February 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Wow, this is too adorable. This will be perfect for an Easter basket. Every posts of yours I keep going through just keeps getting better and better. Thanks for this fun project. I have never seen puppy bouquets.

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