Do Something Nice for Someone: tiny flower and herb arrangements

It was my 12th wedding anniversary a few days ago. The doorbell rang around 10ish that morning and – thanks to my very thoughtful husband who understands me on a level that no one else can – the flower guy delivered one of the biggest flower arrangements I have ever seen outside of fancy weddings. The joy of seeing something so big and unexpected made the day that much more special.

Half my size and weight.

We can all use a little bit of unexpected joy these days – anniversary or not.

Inspired by my husband who not only sends me flowers on special occasions, but, and more importantly, also plants a yard full of flowers, plants, and herbs so that I can quench my thirst for fresh flowers on a daily basis, I want to show you how you can make tiny flower arrangements for nothing at all, and use them to add unexpected joy to someone’s day.

You will need:

  • A tiny glass jar – upcycled baby food jars, pickle jars, jam jars, all work well – tinier the better
  • Flowers
  • Herbs

If you don’t have access to flowers and herbs, I strongly suggest planning a walk on a trail to collect wildflowers (here is a post from long time ago showing all the wild flowers I forged while on a bike ride one afternoon that inspired a haiku)


  • Cut the flowers and herbs with stems longer than you think you might need (you can always trim later)
  • Remove all foliage on the portion of the stems that will go in the water (to prevent molding)
  • Fill the tiny jar with water that isn’t too cold or too hot
  • Arrange the flowers and herbs to your liking at different heights; there is no right or wrong

Herbs like rosemary, oregano, lavender, mint, basil, and thyme smell so wonderful and look just as pretty as colorful flowers. They are an instant lift visually and smell-ily [editor friends please tell me what is the correct word to use here].

I had a work meeting today with someone I don’t see often. I decided to make one of these to take with me for her. It was the perfect tiny unexpected joy.

Please join me and spread some unexpected joy with tiny flower arrangements. The world will be better for it.

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