Did you know that locally-grown floral bouquets are rising in popularity? With the supply chain challenges that have arisen with the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more consumers have looked to local growers to fill their floral needs.
If you’ve had a hard time purchasing a bouquet from a florist, you may be wondering whether you can make a bouquet yourself. It’s an appealing prospect, but a daunting one if you’ve never learned how to make a flower bouquet.
Luckily, the process is less difficult than it first seems. All it takes is a little time, planning, and practice. Keep reading to learn more about how to make the bouquets of your dreams.
1. Decide on a Theme
Before even touching a flower, you need to make some decisions about the theme of your floral bouquet, including color and flower type.
Perhaps you’d like to go monochrome, like a lovely lavender medley. Maybe you’d prefer to have a couple of pops of color. In either case, make sure you use complementary colors for all the blooms in your bouquet.
After deciding your color scheme, choose which flowers you want to include in the bouquet. In-season flowers will be the cheapest option, with the added benefit of feeling appropriate for the season. If you’re arranging this bouquet for a specific occasion, certain flowers may be more appropriate for the event than others.
2. Gather Your Supplies
After you have your plan for your bouquet, gather your supplies. You’ll need floral shears, floral tape, a vase (if you plan on using one), floral wire, water, flower food, and your flowers.
3. Sort the Flowers
Once you have your flowers selected, you need to decide which ones will actually make it into the bouquet. This step is especially important if you’ve picked the flowers yourself instead of purchasing them from a florist.
Check for any signs of disease or aging. Choose flowers with sturdy stems and blooms to help your bouquet last as long as possible.
If possible, mix some already-blooming flowers in with some closed buds. That way, as the initial flowers start to fade, the buds will just be blooming. This will give your beautiful bouquet a dynamic look and keep it fresh for longer.
4. Prepare the Flowers
After choosing your frontrunners, you’ll need to prepare the flowers before arranging them. Make sure there’s no dirt or bugs left on the flowers. Remove any leaves and thorns from the stems. Cut the stems so that all the flowers are the same length and so that they’ll be able to absorb water right away.
5. Arrange the Flowers
Finally, you’ve made it to the fun part: arranging! Start by placing the focal center of your bouquet. Try not to use more than one or two flowers as the centerpiece; otherwise, you risk making the bouquet too visually busy.
After that, fill in your smaller accent blooms and leafy pieces to complement the main flowers. As a beginner, it can be helpful to aim for a symmetrical bouquet to help you maintain visual balance.
If using a vase, put the water and flower food into the vase before adding the bouquet. If not using a vase, use the floral wire and tape to hold your bouquet in place.
How to Make a Flower Bouquet: Start Today
Now you know the five steps on how to make a flower bouquet. Choose your theme, pick out your flowers, and you’re well on your way to making a beautiful and natural centerpiece for your home!
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