Post # 1
I am looking for some advice on how to construct ribbon flower bouquets. I’m using ribbon roses and ribbon poinsettas and I’m wondering if it will be more efficient to attach wire stems to each flower and construct the bouquet by forming bunches of individual stems, or to glue the flowers to a foam ball (perhaps cut in half) and then attach that to a bouquet holder. Thoughts? Advice?
These are some of the flowers I’ll be using!
Post # 2
MrsZynxy: Are you putting anything in the center of the flower? It looks like there might be a space to run a wire through, like these: http://www.save-on-crafts.com/bouquetjewels.html
I’d personally lean toward individual stems, so I didn’t have to worry about the glue failing on foam. There’s also pre’made armatures that might help you: http://www.pioneerwholesaleco.com/weddings-events/bouquet-holders/bouquet-armature
Do you have a picture of what sort of look you’re shooting for? 🙂
Post # 3
For my fabric flowers I used individual wire stems. I just took needlenose pliers and wrapped it around into a flat swirl shape the size I wanted (heavier flower bigger swirl). Then I hot glued the swirl and stuck it to the flower. If there was a chance to get the hot glued part under a piece of fabric then I did that for extra support.
For my bouquets I used old drift wood and got then cut to the size I wanted. Then my fianced used a drill bit to hollow out the middle. I cut the stems to the length I wanted and arranged them once I placed the end of the stem in the hollowed out wood. Once it was tight and I was happy I threw some locktight (industrial version of super glue) in it and those flowers aren’t going anywhere!
Hope that makes sense, I can take pictures and add them if you don’t understand.
Post # 4
ANGELaaimt: Thanks for the links! Those are helpful. I don’t really have any inspiration pictures, but I know what I want it to look like in my head if that makes sense, haha. I will post pictures as I work on them cause I’m sure I’ll need some advice as I go! I was thinking of putting a flat backed pearl in the middle of each of those flowers. I also have some small ribbon roses to intersperse with them!
REchick: That totally makes sense! Thanks for sharing your experience. I would love to see some pictures!
Post # 5
MrsZynxy: Sorry These are so huge. But you can see how I swirled the wire and glued it (using plenty of hot glue). Then you can see how we hollowed out the middle of the beaver chewed stick to hold all the “stems”. And I attached a picture of a finished bouquet so you can see how it all looks. Online you can find some that actually use a spatula that is bent a bit to make it more round and the flowers are attached to it. So that is also another option But for me this was easiest and I was able to use the wood as a bouquet holder to go along with my rustic theme. the wood was all found at the location of the wedding.
Post # 6
I found it was easiest, and looked the nicest using wire stems. I just put a bunch of hot glue on the wire and shoved it in the center of my rose, then wraped it with floral tape.