Buying a bouquet of flowers for the home or gift can be expensive. But learning a few tips can help you make your own beautiful flowers and save you some money.
Choosing your flowers & foliage:
- Pick a few different flowers. Try different shapes, colours and textures. You want to create interest. We chose flowers that were red and pink from the flower farm. Some roses, carnations, lisianthus and celosia.
- You can buy greenery if you like, but chances are you will have some kind of foliage in your backyard. Like camellia or even a hedge foliage like vibernum. We used some gum.
What you need:
- You don't need a lot for a simple bouquet. Just your flowers, foliage, rubber band or string. And a vase or vessel to put it into once finished.
- Strip the lower leaves off the flowers and foliage. You don't want that under water in your vase.
- Arrange your flowers and foliage into piles of the same flowers so you are organised.
Arranging your bouquet:
- Start with your first placement of either a flower or foliage. To get the look that they do in the florist you want to add your flowers and foliage by layering on top of the last diagonally. (As seen in the picture above)
- Then keep slowly rotating around, but adding the flowers in the same diagonal pattern.
- Alternate between flower and foliage, and add a different flower each time. You want to try and have different flowers next to each other in your bouquet.
- Once you are happy with the shape of your bouquet you can add some more foliage around the edges to finish it off.
- Tie the stems where you have been holding the bouquet with either string or a rubber band.
- Then cut all of the stems at the height you wish to make your bouquet on a 45 degree angle, this will help the flowers to drink easily by the stem not being flat on the bottom of the vase.
- Put in a vase with fresh water and change the water every few days to keep the flowers fresh.
Then you have yourself a beautiful bouquet for home or a gift. Even the more special as you made it yourself.