Post # 1
I’m using this martha stewart tutorial to make the flowers.
I’ve made a bunch of flowers and I’ve pulled them together into a bouquet and they look fabulous! Now I just need to finish it up!
There are two things I am having problems with.
- The flowers I made are like half pom pom’s with thin wires sticking out of the end as “stems” these by themselves don’t look great, are not very sturdy and feel weird to hold on to. How can I “thicken up” the stems of the flowers to make it look/feel more like a real bouquet? What materials could I use to do this?
- This Etsy seller that makes brooch bouquets has a gorgeous way of finishing off the underside of her bouquets. She somehow uses ribbon to make ruffles on the underside of the “flowers” (here is an example). Anyone have any idea how this is done?
Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
1. wrap each individual wire stem with florst’s tape then wrap the whole bundle in florist’s tape again. If you haven’t used florist’s tape before, remember that it sticks to itslef, not the wire so you have to spin the flower so the tape slightly overlaps itself as you wind it form the top down.
2. For the ribbon wrap, I would start by placing a piece of ribbon across the bottom of the stems,(when all together), so the tail end goes a couple of inches up on one side of the handle, then wrap from the bottom up to secure the end and cover the stems, overlapping the ribbon till you get to the top.
At the top I would just do twists of the ribbon around the circle of the underside of the bouquet, wrapping after each twist, perhaps pinning or using a dab of hot glue to secure each twisted loop in place, till you are done.
Post # 4
i used a hand-tied bouquet base from hobby lobby (http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/hand-tied-bouquet-holder-624734/
then, for the underneath, i cut a bunch of ribbon to make the loops, hot glued it onto the base (longer than needed) and the wrapped the rest of the ribbon around the handle, finishing it off with hot glue and straight pins.
heres a pic of mine where you can see the ribbon “petals” underneath
Post # 5
another pic of the side, from my photographer:
Post # 6
@julies1949: Thanks for the advice!
@Lovebird724: Your bouquet is gorgeous!! Thanks for the tips!
Post # 7
@pui.puni: I love this etsy designer! She made my brooch bouquet and she told me that she folds the ribbon into the ruffles and uses pins to keep the ruffles in place (I believe bouquet pins, but I have not taken it apart to check)
Post # 8
You could also get a small dowlrod [sp?] from craft or home improcement stores. Wrap the wire around the stick & then wrap in floral tape. That’s how I did mine.