Whether you want to make a hand-held bouquet for a wedding or just arrange a bouquet to decorate your coffee table, homemade floral bouquets add a personal touch. You can make a bouquet from a bunch of flowers you bought at the grocery store or from flowers growing in your own garden. Look around and you might be surprised at the types of flowers in your back yard that could lend themselves to a floral bouquet. A floral bouquet made by you will have a distinctive personality not easily found at a floral shop.
Floral Bouquet in a Vase
Prepare a vase for your flowers by filling it two-thirds of the way with water. Add the packet of floral plant food to the water if you are using store-bought flowers. The packet usually comes with the flowers. Add a 1/2 cup of clear soda to the water if you are using flowers from your garden or if you don't have flower food.
Gather 15 to 20 long-stemmed cut flowers and place them inside the water-filled vase. Using pruners or scissors, cut each flower stem, one at a time. Eye the bouquet as you cut the stems, trimming the flower stems you want to be in the center of the vase longer than the outside flower stems.
Gather several greenery stems to use as a filler in your bouquet. Slip the stems of greenery into the floral bouquet one at a time, removing them to snip the ends to the desired length and then placing them back into the bouquet. You can use greenery from your garden or baby's breath-like flowers as filler.
Finish filling the vase with water to 1 inch below the rim. Cut a length of ribbon to approximately 24 inches. Wrap the ribbon around the vase and tie in a bow as you would a hair ribbon.
Attach a small greeting card or note to a clear drinking straw with a stapler if you plan to give the flowers to someone. Insert the straw into the vase, being careful to place it near the outside of the arrangement so the recipient will see it.
Hand-held Floral Bouquet
Prepare a vase by filling it two-thirds of the way with water. You do not need to add any flower food because the vase will only be for arranging. Use a vase with a wide enough mouth for you to freely move the flowers around as you arrange the bouquet.
Gather 15 to 20 long-stemmed flowers. Choose your flowers based on a color-theme, such as a wedding, or choose multicolored flowers. Select several sprigs of greenery or baby's breath-type flowers to use as the fillers. You can gather your flowers or greenery from a store or your garden.
Place the mass of flowers and some sprigs of greenery in the vase of water. Trim the flowers and filler greenery, one at a time, using your eye to decide where each flower should move to. You can either keep the longest flowers in the middle and create a mount shape or you can put taller flowers in back and shorter in front.
Tie a length of scrap ribbon or string around the flowers to hold them temporarily in place. Remove the bouquet from the vase and lay on a plastic tablecloth or sheets of newspaper. Using two or three rubber bands, secure the bouquet stems. Trim the stems straight across to the desired length. You can wrap florist tape around the stems from the bottom to the crown of the bouquet if desired.
Using a 4- to 5-foot length of ribbon, wrap the ribbon around the stems starting at the crown and moving downward and then upward as you wrap. Continue to wrap the ribbon until you feel the stems are secure. Tie off the ribbon and decorate the crown of the bouquet by tying a matching bow with a new length of ribbon.
About this Author
Bobbie Brewer has been writing since 1990. Her work has appeared in publications and on Web sites including Garden Guides and Trails. Brewer is an international traveler, outdoors enthusiast and has been gardening since 1991. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University, Sacramento.