How to Build a Flower Bouquet


Making flower bouquets at home is relatively simple and requires very few items, making it much less expensive compared to buying bouquets from a florist. Build this bouquet with garden-fresh flowers and a few floral supplies to create a long-lasting, elegant bouquet perfect for any special occasion.

Step 1

Select six to 12 flowers, depending on how big you want it. The best flowers are large, sturdy ones like roses, lilies, tulips, Gerbera daisies and hydrangeas. Any other flower can be used as long as the stems are sturdy.

Step 2

Remove all leaves from the flower stems and wrap the top half of each stem with floral tape. Start at the top of the stem directly under the flower head and wind the tape down the stem, stopping in the middle of the stem; cut off excess tape and press it around the stem to secure it. Leave the bottom half of the stems free of tape. Repeat this step until all of the stems have been covered in tape.

Step 3

Hold the flowers and arrange them until you achieve the look you want. A rounded bouquet is a popular look, and is done by placing taller flowers in the middle and adding gradually shorter flowers as you work out toward the edges of the bouquet. Place a rubber band around the stems to hold them together. Cut the flower stems so they are even across the bottom.

Step 4

Cut a piece of 1-inch-wide satin ribbon to approximately 10 inches long. Hot glue one end of the ribbon to the flower stems directly underneath the flower heads. Once dry, wrap the ribbon down the stems to cover the floral tape. Overlap the ribbon ends as you wrap, and hot glue the other end of the ribbon over the end of the floral tape to cover. Cut off any excess ribbon.

Step 5

Store the bouquet in a cool location such as a refrigerator until it's time to use it. If you make the bouquet one day in advance, place it in a vase of water and store it in a cool location. Before using it, remove it from the vase and dry off the stems.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not cut fresh flowers more than 24 hours in advance of making the bouquet. Do not cut the flower stems as you work; wait until you are happy with the look of the bouquet. If storing in a vase of water, keep the water level lower than the ribbon so it does not come in contact with it.

Things You'll Need

  • Flowers
  • Floral tape
  • Satin ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue


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Residing in Southern Oregon, Amy Madtson has been writing for Demand Studios since 2008 with a focus on health, pregnancy, crafts and gardening. Her work has been published on websites such as eHow and Garden Guides, among others. Madtson has been a childbirth educator and doula since 1993.