Rose Bouquet Instructions


Roses are popular in all parts of the world due to their beautifully formed petals and mild scent. They appear in different sizes and many colors, offering flexibility to users to choose the ones according to their tastes. Roses have semi-hardwood stems, which is why they last a few days when placed in a vase, and withstand manhandling when arranged in a floral bouquet. Use same- or different-colored roses to form a bridal or bridesmaid bouquet, a prom bouquet, or for any other occasion.

Step 1

Put the roses on a table and remove diseased or dried petals, or discard completely if severely damaged. Wear gloves and remove thorns, and strip off all the leaves from the stems. Depending on the type and size of bouquet you are making, use seven or eight roses for a nosegay (a small hand-held bouquet many girls carry during prom night), 20 to 30 roses for a bridesmaid bouquet, and 40 to 60 for a bridal bouquet.

Step 2

Clip off excess stem length from your roses and foliage with a sharp pair of scissors. Make a straight, sharp cut. Ideally, the stems should be 5 to 7 inches long so you can carry the bouquet comfortably. However, a bridal bouquet is comprised of many roses, which is why you should keep the stem length slightly longer, up to 8 or 9 inches long.

Step 3

Lift two or three main roses for a nosegay and arrange them so the flower heads are at the same level but do not touch. Arrange four roses in a square if making a larger bouquet. Hold them firmly in your hand, and wind a length of floral tape around the stems 3 to 4 inches below the blooms for added security.

Step 4

Add the other roses, also called fillers, around the central ones. Make sure you add one at a time, holding the stems firmly throughout. Keep adding roses until your bouquet is well-rounded (dome-shaped) from the top. Join the stems together with floral tape.

Step 5

Edge your bouquet with greenery to structure the bouquet and add contrasting color. These also give the bouquet a fuller look. Secure in place by winding a length of floral tape around the stems, 3 inches below the flower heads. Wind another length of tape a couple of inches below this.

Step 6

Dress up your bouquet. Wrap wide, decorative ribbon around the stems in the center of the bouquet to conceal only the floral tape. You can also cover the entire stem length in ribbon. To do this, hold a length of ribbon three times the length of the stems, and insert a pin to attach one end of it to the stems just below the flower heads. Loop it around the stems, all the way to the base, and secure it in place with another pin.

Things You'll Need

  • Roses
  • Gloves
  • Scissors
  • Floral tape
  • Greenery


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