Post # 1
I’m making all the flowers in my wedding out of coffee filters and crepe paper. I was looking around for tutorials on how to wrap a bouquet and I could only find ones that wrapped the entire stem “handle” in ribbon. While, I find that very pretty, I prefer the look of stems still sticking out of the bottom. Since, I couldn’t find one I decided to just make my own. I thought maybe one of you ladies might find this helpful so I wanted to post it here as well.
This is a very long tutorial, but it’s really not difficult. I made this bouquet in about an hour.
Here is a pic of the final bouquet:
Here is what you’ll need:
– Fabric or coffee filter flowers– I used about 16 for a 7in diameter bouquet; you may want closer to 20-30 for a full bride’s bouquet. – Artificial greenery -I purchased off Etsy for a few dollars You could also make your own out of the same medium you used for the flowers. – Green electrical tape – Green floral tape – Hot glue Gun – Drinking Straws – Scissors – Wire cutters – Ribbon – Straight Pins – Embellishments– such as tulle, jewels, other ribbon, or little flowers. Anything else you want to add.
Post # 3
Now how to put the flowers together:
– The first thing you are going to do is grab one flower and put it in your hand. This flower is going to be the center of your bouquet. This is also the only flower that you WON’T bend the wire “stem”.
– Now take another flower and slightly bend the stem so that when you bunch the stems together the edges of the flowers are just touching. In the photo above you can see how the wire is bent on the two flowers I added to the original middle flower.
– Every two to three flowers tape them together with some green electrical tape. Otherwise, you are going to be constantly wrestling to keep the flowers in place.
– You’ll be creating a slight “dome” of flowers. Keep adding flowers two or so at a time and taping them until your bouquet is the size you want.
– Here is what the top of my bouquet looks like.
– Here is the ugly bottom of the bouquet. We’ll be covering that up. 🙂
Next will be adding the leaves!
Post # 4
– Now we’re going to start taping on the artificial leaves.
– With the green electrical tape, start taping on the leaves two or so at a time.
– Keep adding leaves until you can’t see any more of the wire “stems” of the flowers.
– Here is a top view of the bouquet after the leaves are added. Now, I personally do not like the look of the leaves sticking out. However, it’s just a personal thing so if you are fine with it you can skip this next step! 🙂
– I like to (with a dot of hot glue) fold down the leaves. Be careful not to burn yourself. You don’t have to glue down all of the leaves, just the ones that stick out further than the flowers.
– After you’ve glued down the leaves (or not depending on your preference) You are going to just cover up the ends of the leaves with electrical tape.
Next I’ll show you how I create the stems.
Post # 5
– Now for this next part of the tutorial I’m going to show you how I make stems that can stick out of the bottom of the bouquet.
– Now you are going to trim off the excess wire to whatever length you prefer. I recommend that you practice holding the bouquet after you trim it to make sure you are happy with the length. I didn’t do that, and my bouquet turned out a bit longer than I wanted it. Try not to trim too much, though… just trim a bit at a time until you are happy with the length.
– Now to add the straw. You’ll want to slide a straw onto one of the wires and trim it to be the same length of the wire (or a bit longer if you cut the wire a bit too short). You’ll want to count the wires to see exactly how many straws to cut (unless you remember how many flowers you used). Take off the straw and use it as a guide to trim the rest of the straws.
– Next we’ll cover each straw with floral tape.
– You’ll need to cut a small piece of floral tape and cover up one end of the straw with it. Then you are going to take a long piece of floral tape and wrap it around starting from the end you just covered.
– Continue wrapping until you get just to the other end. You’ll want to leave the other end of the straw open. A small bit of the straw will still be showing on that end.
– Once you get to the end, you’ll want to secure the floral tape with a small piece of electrical tape.
– Wrap all of the straws in floral tape. Then you are going to slide each one onto one of the wire ends of the bouquet.
– The bouquet should look something like this at this point.
– Next you are going to secure the straws by wrapping even more electrical tape on this bad boy. Keep wrapping the tape until it is a uniform thickness. Only wrap the tape an inch or two over the straws.
Next we’ll finally wrap it in ribbon!
Post # 6
– It is FINALLY time to start wrapping this sucker in ribbon. I like to secure the ribbon with electrical tape. It won’t show once you start wrapping it.
– Wrap the ribbon until 3/4 of the way down and wrap it around a few times at the bottom, and then start wrapping it back up.
– Once you are back at the top, I like to just secure it again with electrical tape. However, I’m going to be covering the top with a bow so you won’t see it. If you don’t want to add a bow you can just fold the cut end of the ribbon under itself and pin it with a pretty straight pin or two.
– At this point you can add just about whatever you want for decorations, or you can just leave it plain.
– I cut another piece of ribbon and an equally long piece of tulle and tied a little bow around the top of the stems.
– This was just a practice bouquet, for my real one I will most likely add another ribbon and tulle bow and pin down the rough ends down with a pretty straight pin. That way the bow will be fuller and you won’t be able to see the rough cut ends.
– Then I hot glued a little jewel to the bow’s center
And it’s complete!! I hope this helps! Thanks for reading the whole thing.
Post # 9
i have to tell you how much i love you for this.
i hate completely wrapped stems too.
Yay for this! you’re brilliant.
Post # 10
i’m still debating doing this!
Post # 11
OMG these are beautiful you can’t even tell their not real flowers! How did you make the flowers?
Post # 12
How did you make those flowers? They are incredible!
Post # 13
Wow you are smarter then me I have been stumped on how to get the bottom of my “stems” to be thicker so I can do hand tied for the girls and you just solve my problem!!! Thank you for this its awesome 🙂
Post # 14
This is one of the coolest paper bouquets I’ve seen ! Thank you so much !
Post # 15
These are absolutely gorgeous. I’m now rethinking my plan to use real flowers in the bouquets!
Post # 16
You did an amazing job! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us!