I love having flowers around the house all year long, but especially love running out for fresh flowers when warmer temperatures roll around.
With fresh cuts of all varieties running as low as $3.00 a bunch at Trader Joe’s and grocery stores all over, I thought a DIY floral post was in order. You don’t have to spend a fortune at the florist for a beautifully put together, hand-selected bouquet. Keep reading for my step by step process to creating a perfect bouquet (for you or for a friend!):
The best thing about doing it yourself is you can select whatever variety of flowers you’d like…often inexpensively. Highlight one (or a few) in-season blooms and accent them with greenery, smaller blossoms..whatever you’d like!
If you’d like to create a bunch like the one in the images I’m sharing with this post, check out the list below for the selections that composed my bouquet:
– Off-white spray roses
– Cream roses
– Daffodils (normally they are super yellow, go for more of a light/white variety)
– Greenery to mix in
– 1 or 2 types of smaller flowers on long stems (I chose tiny purple ones to add some color and rounded, cream colored ones to keep with my off-white theme)
Step by Step Process:
Step 1: Arrange the smaller, long stemmed flowers and greenery together. Because these have longer stems than the roses and daffodils, they can stick up taller in the back of your bouquet. Keep a few pieces of greenery (preferably a few leafy pieces!) to the side for later.
Step 2: On top of your smaller flowers + greenery, lay on the cream roses, spray roses, and daffodils. Remember that the cream roses are larger than the spray roses…and that the daffodils will bring in a bit of color. Lay them together evenly, so that there is an even mix of the three types.
Step 3: Grab the greenery you set aside in Step 1 and begin to add it in towards the front with the roses, spray roses, and daffodils you just arranged. Keeping a bit of greenery throughout the bouquet will give it a finished look.
Step 4: Take some florist tape and wrap a light band around the stems of your bouquet toward the top and toward the bottom. This will help keep your flowers from shifting (you just spent all that time arranging them, after all!)
**Tip: Make sure you don’t wrap around the flowers too tightly or use too much tape. Let your flowers breathe!
Step 5: If you have some brown wrapping paper (also known as postal paper), grab it and cut a large enough piece to wrap around your flowers twice. Lay the paper down on a flat surface with one corner pointing up; the long side of the paper laying flat, running on your left side. Place your bouquet on the paper corner that is pointing up. Take the shorter corner to the right of your bouquet and wrap it around the stems. Secure with a piece of florist tape. Wrap the paper on the left side of your bouquet around the gathered stems until fully wrapped. Secure on the back of the bouquet with a piece of florist tape. If you have excess paper on the bottom of your wrapped bouquet (or it’s just not as pretty as you’d like) tuck the paper under and secure with florist tape. See the diagram below for a visual explanation!
**Hint: If you don’t have a roll of wrapping paper handy, deconstruct a brown paper grocery bag…it will do the trick just as well!
And there you have it, a picture perfect bouquet for you or a friend!