Instructions to Make a Single Rose Bouquet for a Wedding


If simple elegance is your goal as a bride, a single rose might be the ideal wedding bouquet. Imagine the understated beauty of carrying one long-stemmed rose down the aisle, especially if you have grown the rose yourself in your own garden. A rose's stunning splendor makes it bold enough to stand alone as a single rose bouquet. Add a soft touch by wrapping the stem in ribbon to finish this beautiful and simple wedding bouquet.

Step 1

Use the pruning shears to remove excess leaves from the stem. Trim off any thorns as well.

Step 2

Fill the vase with cool water and place the rose into the vase.

Step 3

Remove the rose from the vase momentarily and hold the end of the rose stem under running water. Cut the end of the stem off at a 45-degree angle at so the rose stem is the desired length.

Step 4

Place the rose back into the vase and leave it there for three minutes to absorb more water.

Step 5

Remove the rose from the vase and dry the stem with paper towels.

Step 6

Cut a length of satin ribbon that is approximately twice as long as the rose stem.

Step 7

Wrap one end of the ribbon around the rose stem approximately 3 inches below the rose blossom. Continue wrapping the ribbon around the stem, overlapping the ribbon so no stem is visible through the wrapped ribbon.

Step 8

Stop wrapping the rose stem when you are approximately 2 inches from the bottom of the rose stem. Wrap the ribbon back up the rose stem toward the rose blossom.

Step 9

Tuck the end of the ribbon into the wrapped ribbon to secure it. Apply a drop of hot glue to the ribbon to secure it, if desired.

Step 10

Cut another length of ribbon that is 12 inches long. Tie this ribbon around the wrapped stem at the point where the wrapped ribbon begins. Tie the ribbon in a double bow and allow the tails of the bow to trail down the stem.

Step 11

Place the single rose bouquet into a vase filled with 1 inch of water to keep the rose hydrated until the time of the wedding.

Things You'll Need

  • One long-stemmed rose
  • Vase
  • Paper towels
  • Pruning shears
  • Satin ribbon in color to match the rose (1-inch wide)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun


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