How to make a bridal bouquet

This is a very fun DIY idea! Get some pretty flowers and start making your own bridal bouquet! 

Set up your work space, 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!

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Things you’ll need: Floral shears, floral tape, bouquet pins, and the bouquet wrap of your choice and your wedding flowers, of course!

Pic2-450x450Prep your flowers. Make sure all foliage has been removed from the stems, roses are dethroned, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Accent with a bouquet wrap of your choice. Use the floral tape as your guide and pin the ribbon horizontally so it is parallel with the floral tape.

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Then wrap until all of the floral tape is covered and pin to secure the ribbon. And voila!

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