Today’s budget brides are opting for DIY weddings, and this includes DIY bouquets. Besides saving money, creating your own bouquets is fun! Gather your bridesmaids or friends a day or two before the wedding for a bouquet making party following the instructions below!
Instructions accessed from : The Knot
What You’ll Need:
- 30 to 60 stems of a hardy flower like the rose (20 to 40 for each bridesmaid bouquet).
- Paper towels
- Ribbon (in a complementary color), 1 to 2 inches wide
- Rubber bands or green waxed floral tape
- Stem cutter or very sharp knife
- Stem stripper
- Straight pins or pearl-tipped corsage pins
Step 1: Preparing the Flowers
- Use your hands or a stem stripper to remove excess foliage and thorns, and pull off damaged or unattractive outer petals.
- Fill a sink or bucket with water, and holding the stems underwater use the stem cutter or knife to cut the stems at an angle about 2 inches from the bottom.
- Allow the flowers to drink for a few seconds with the stem ends underwater, then place the stems in a bucket filled halfway with cool water until you are ready to use them.
- Keep the stems long while you work with them and trim them to a shorter length when you’ve finished constructing the bouquet.
Step 2: Assembling the Flowers
- Take one stem at a time with one hand, and use your other hand to hold the flowers in place.
- Assemble four flowers at an even height in a square shape — these will be at the center of the dome.
- Arrange the other flowers one by one around the center flowers to create a dome shape.
Step 3: Securing the Bouquet
- Use a rubber band or floral tape to bind the stems at the spot where they naturally join (about 3 to 4 inches below the flower heads).
- Repeat the binding toward the end of the stems, leaving about 2 inches of excess stem beneath the bind to trim later.
- Either place the stems in water and wrap them later or continue to Step 4.
Step 4: Finish the Handle
- Cut the stem ends so they are all the same length, about 7 to 8 inches long.
- Dry off the stems with a paper towel.
- Cut a length of ribbon about three times as long as the length of the stems.
- Tuck the end of the ribbon inside the top bind and start wrapping in a spiral down the length of the stem.
- When you reach the bottom, wrap in a spiral back up the stem.
- At the top, tuck the cut end of the ribbon underneath and secure with a couple of pins pushed through the ribbon and into the stems. If you’d like a bow, cut a separate length of ribbon and tie it just beneath the flower heads.