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How to Make a Rose Bouquet for Prom

By Tanya Khan ; Updated September 21, 2017

Roses are classics, with beautifully shaped soft petals and a fragrance that is timeless. These flowers are popular with everyone, with so many colors to represent almost every type of emotion. Roses are usually used in bouquets for special occasions, serving as the perfect accent piece for a center table. These natural decorations have stems that are sturdy, making them ideal for hand held bouquets as well. Prom night is a very special time, marking the end of high school, and what better way to show someone you care than to make them a rose bouquet yourself.

Decide the size of the rose bouquet. Many girls like to carry a small bouquet, also called a nosegay, all through the night. These are smaller in size than traditional bouquets and easy to carry and handle. You will need six to eight roses for a nosegay, and two stems of foliage such as baby’s breath, ferns or leaves to serve as fillers. Determine the rose color for your bouquet. You can have the central two or three roses a deep rich color, such as red or a rich pink, while the others can be a lighter shade of pink, yellow or white.

Immerse the roses in a bucket of water after purchasing them, to prevent them from drying up. Hold a rose to determine the appropriate stem height. It should be easy to hold and carry, which means the stems should be 5 to 7 inches long. Strip the stems off their foliage and thorns, and cut them to the desired length with a sharp pair of scissors. Make sure the cut in each stem is straight, not jagged.

Lift the main two or three roses from the bucket and hold them in your hand. Place the other roses or rose buds around the main roses so you have a well rounded bouquet. Make sure all the flower heads are at the same level, but do not touch one another. Place the greenery around the roses, or on any two sides. These fillers will frame the bouquet, structure it and give it a fuller appearance.

Take a length of floral tape and wind it at least 2 inches below the flower heads to secure all the stems together. Wind another length of tape 2 inches below the previous tape.

Take a wide ribbon that matches the colors of the roses and attach one end of it just below the flower heads with a corsage pin. Extend the ribbon and wind it around the stems, going over the tape, until the stems are completely covered. Cut excess off with scissors, and push a pin at the other end of the ribbon to attach it to the stems, and prevent it from coming loose.


Things You Will Need

  • Long stemmed roses, 6 to 8
  • Baby's breath or ferns, 2 stems
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Sharp scissors
  • Floral tape
  • Wide ribbon
  • Corsage pins

About the Author


Tanya Khan is a freelance author and consultant, having written numerous articles for various online and print sources. She has a Master of Business Administration in marketing but her passion lies in writing.