There were various experiments with re-used glass bottles (ketchup bottles were particularly good) and I used to scour charity shops for bud vases. However, as we often walk or use public transport to markets, lugging glass and ceramics around with us is not ideal - they have to be wrapped well for transit and they can also be quite heavy.
I remembered that I used cupcake boxes to store flowers temporarily while making and transporting the 11 bunches for my niece, which was good because I knew they could be recycled afterwards. The idea of white card boxes then became even more viable when I remembered that my mum makes boxes using a fancy tool that scores the card for you to fold up. But the tool is quite expensive for what it is and as I left the full-time job when we moved and the last pay packet has almost been used up, finances are tight.
The great thing about Origami is that it's all proportional. You want big box? You start with big piece of paper. Same for small box. I could have worked out a formula to tell me what size of paper to start with. And at some point I might get around to doing that, but as I've been freshly bitten by the Origami bug, that's no fun. So I went for the Trial And Error Method. It goes like this - you start with a 30cm square bit of paper, make up the box, measure it, find it's too big. You then take a 24cm square bit of paper, make up the box, measure it, and find it's too small. So you then take a 25cm square... Yadda, yadda, yadda...
Eventually, after a bit of "Goldilocksing" I got the correct size and it fits 6 blooms perfectly! It means bunches of the stemmed flowers can now be displayed together but separated easily and it retains my policy of customers being able to pick & mix. They can then choose whether they want their flowers to be tied up in a bunch with tissue and ribbon, or take them away as they are, with or without the box. And at the end of the day, I can just unfold any remaining boxes, plack them flat and take them home.
Above all else, I've discovered the joys of Origami. A new hobby and a solution to a problem. Not bad, eh?