After I received a quote from a florist that totaled over $350 for three bouquets, I decided that there had to be a cheaper way to do things. Now, I’m not big with DIY projects (my philosophy is that if it can’t be done while drinking a glass of wine, it’s not worth doing yourself), but bouquets don’t look that hard to make, so I decided to give it a try. Here’s how I did it!
Step 1: Buy supplies.
Step 2: Cut the stems.
Turns out that hydrangeas have really thick stems that cannot be conquered by ordinary scissors and need a chef’s knife. (Step 1.5 is to wash the raw-chicken residue off your cutting board from dinner last night.) If you have roses or really any flower with a more delicate stem, scissors or pruning shears will be just fine, but we had to pull out the big guns on this.
Step 3: Prune the flowers.
Strip all the leaves off your flowers. Be careful not to pull off flowers that all branch off of a main stem. This step is extra easy if you have your maid of honor to help you.
Step 4: Arrange those suckers into a bouquet.
Start with a base of a few flowers and build out. Just play around with your supplies until you get a shape you like.
Step 5: Wrap the stems with floral tape.
Make sure to hold the stems nice and tight while you do this.
Step 6: Cover the tape with pretty ribbon (or twine or lace or whatever).
Michaels didn’t have the black and white striped grosgrain ribbon that I really wanted, so we got the brown and blue equivalent instead to give us an idea of the look.
Step 7: Secure the ribbon with straight pins.
Step 8: Admire your work!
Step 9: Display your flowers in a beer mug and make a mental note to include a vase on your registry.
So there you go! That’s how to make a bouquet. It took about 20 minutes from start to finish. I’m glad we did a practice run because we didn’t have enough accent flowers and greenery to achieve the look I really wanted. Next time, I’ll know to buy more. But, hey, even with more fillers, it’s still a much better deal than the $165 the florist wanted to charge for a single bouquet!
Did anyone DIY their own flowers? Did you love the savings or regret not hiring a professional?
- Law Student
- Wedding Date:
- September 2012
- Saint James Chapel at Quigley Prep/Murphy Auditorium