How to Make Unusual Wedding Bouquets


Flowers can make or break the ambiance of a wedding. Every bride wants to look beautiful on her wedding day and her bouquet to be stunning. Tussie mussie or nosegay bouquets are easy to transform from the ordinary to the extraordinary with a few extra steps. Once the nosegays are completed, accessorize them with pearls, crystals, seashells or glitter.

Assemble the Nosegay

Step 1

Hold a flower in the non-dominant hand. Circle that center flower with five more flowers.

Step 2

Circle the five flowers with another row of flowers.

Step 3

Place a rubber band around the flowers underneath the blossoms.

Step 4

Cut the stems to the same length.

Step 5

Cover the rubber band and stems by wrapping them with ribbon to within 4 inches of the bottom. Tie the ends of the ribbon securely and tuck the ends back underneath the wrapped ribbon to hide the ends.

Four Variations

Step 1

Place a stick pin tipped with a pearl or crystal in every flower head, every other flower head or every third flower, depending on how ornate the finished bouquet is to be. The pin should be poked in far enough so it's stable but not so far that the pearl or crystal is hidden in the depths of the flower. Poke stick pins with pearls or crystals into the ribbon covering the stems. Angle the pin so it goes down and into the stems but doesn't come out the other side.

Step 2

Snip lengths of faux seed pearl strands into three, four and five inch lengths. Place a group of three strands around a wooden skewer. Wrap the strands against the skewer with floral tape, twisting and stretching the tape around the strands and the skewer. Gently poke the skewers down into the nosegay around the outer edges so the pearl strands frame the nosegay. Twine the ribbon wrapped stems of the nosegay with additional strands of faux pearls.

Step 3

Select small perfectly shaped seashells. Wrap a wooden skewer in floral tape twisting and stretching as you wrap to cover the wood. Place a dab of hot glue in the shell and poke the skewer into the glue inside the shell. Arrange the shells in the nosegay so they just peep out over the flowers.

Step 4

Before assembling the nosegay, select a few of the flowers and spray with opalescent glitter spray. Carry the theme through by wrapping the flower stems with opalescent ribbon.

Tips and Warnings

  • Roses bruise easily. Don't fuss with the bouquet too much.

Things You'll Need

  • Roses
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Floral tape
  • Floral Wire
  • Pearl or crystal topped stick pins
  • Faux seed pearl strands
  • Small sea shells
  • Opalescent glitter spray
  • Glue gun


  • "Creative Wedding Florals You Can Make;" Terry Rye; 2000
  • "Creating Beautiful Wedding Flowers: Gorgeous Ideas and 20 Step-by-step Projects for Your Big Day;" Nancy Ursell and Antonia Swinson; 2007

Who Can Help

  • wedding flowers
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About this Author

Dee Power holds an MBA. She is the co-author of "Attracting Capital from Angels," "Inside Secrets to Venture Capital," "The Making of a Bestseller," the novel "Over Time," and several screenplays. She contributes to several Web sites and is a regular columnist for