Hi Tulle Nation! Nicole from Big Day for $10K here! I wanted to share this AMAZEBALLS DIY with you guys… While perusing Pinterest, I stumbled upon this fabulous post from one of the fabulous wedding blogs I typically read (so I’m not sure how I missed this post), A Practical Wedding. Full of practical, thrifty, and inspiring goodness, this post fits perfectly into Meg’s awesome blog and I’m so gracious to her for posting it!
This is, by far, hands down, bar none, the absolute best wedding bouquet DIY tutorial I’ve seen online to date. And, friends, that’s saying something, because I’ve scoured the depths of the interwebz looking for the perfect “how to.” So, thanks to Meg and Blooms By The Box for this killer DIY tutorial!
So, without further ado, here is Meg’s amazing post, click through at the end to read more about it on my blog and check out more pictures!
Before we go into how to make a bouquet here are some things to think about:
You can buy your flowers from:
- A flower market (like Meg did)
- An online wholesaler (Like Blooms By The Box)
- A grocery store,Trader Joe’s, ,Costco, Sam’s Club, wherever you can find the best quality flowers on the cheap
DIY doesn’t save the world, and it isn’t always cheaper. When you hire a florist you are not only price quoted for the flowers, but also the labor put into making your floral arrangements. So, if you can take the labor out of the cost by DIY’ing your own flowers, you’ll be spending a lot less money.
How-to make a bridal bouquet
Set up your workspace, keeping in mind that you are going to make a mess. Kitchens are ideal because clean up is easy, and if you have a lot of counter space, even better! An outdoor space would also work. Keep all flowers in big buckets too!
Things you’ll need: Floral shears, floral tape, bouquet pins, and the bouquet wrap of your choice (we used white ribbon). And your wedding flowers, of course! We used pink lisianthus, white spray roses, green pompon button mums, painted lady wax flower, purple statice, and green hypericum.
Prep your flowers. Make sure all foliage has been removed from the stems, roses are de-thorned, and whatever you need to do so your flowers are ready for action!
Make sure that all of the stem lengths are about the same (anywhere from 10-14 inches). You can always trim as you go, or cut them at the end.
Choose 2-4 flowers to start the “base” of your bouquet. These flowers will serve as the anchor, as you will build around them. Bunch the stems together and wrap with floral tape. Make sure that there is 1 to 1 ½ inches of exposed stem visible from where you begin to wrap the stems and anywhere between 4 to 5 inches of exposed stem from the bottom.
Start building your bouquet by adding flowers around your anchored flowers, creating a “bunch.” Now, there are not really a lot of rules here, because you can position the flowers, fillers, and greenery by your personal preference.
Mix textures and colors to create an interesting composition. Also, keep the size of your bouquet in mind. Put your photographer hat on! You don’t want your flowers to overwhelm you on your wedding day. After all, you are the focal point and your flowers should just enhance your ensemble.
As you add flowers, continuously wrap your bouquet with floral tape (the same 1 to 1 ½ inch rule from the top and 4 to 5 inch rule from the bottom applies). By doing this, you will not only be adding support, but also be creating consistent, yet attractive composition in your design.
When you’re satisfied with your bouquet, wrap with floral tape. Starting about 1 to 1 ½ inches from the flower head (like you’ve done before), begin to wrap the stems with floral tape, leaving anywhere between 0-4 inches of stem exposed, whatever your comfortable with.
Accent with a bouquet wrap of your choice (we used white ribbon). Use the floral tape as your guide and pin the ribbon horizontally so it is parallel with the floral tape. Then wrap until all of the floral tape is covered and pin to secure the ribbon. And voila!
If you decide to go the DIY route for the flowers for your Big Day, check out The Do It Yourself Guide for Wedding Flowers. Thanks to Blooms by the Box, you’ll learn everything from flower prep basics to how to coordinate flower colors.
For additional ideas on DIY flowers/bouquets, check out my post here.