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How to Wrap a Bouquet of Flowers

By Claudia Newcorn ; Updated September 21, 2017

Whether gathering flowers from your garden to make a bouquet or purchasing a bouquet at the store, it’s always good to wrap them if you plan to give them to somebody. This is particularly important if there’s going to be a lag between when you buy and when you give.Here are the basic steps to wrapping your flower bouquet.

Simple Steps to Wrap a Flower Bouquet

Place a rubber band around the stems about 2 inches from the bottom. If your flowers have very long stems, place a second rubber band 2 to 4 inches above that. This helps to keep the flowers gathered and makes it easier to wrap the bouquet.

Wet the napkin or paper towel, and wrap it around the base of the bouquet, covering the bottom of the stems. This helps prevent the cut stems from drying out and keeps the bouquet fresher longer.

Take the plastic bag and put a little bit of water into it. Then insert the paper-wrapped stems, and rubber band the top of the plastic bag around the stems. You have created a temporary vase to water the flowers. This step is optional depending on how soon you expect to give the bouquet.

Take your wax paper. Just as you would if you were wrapping a gift, pull out a length of the paper as a rough estimate of how much you will need to wrap the flowers.

Lay your bouquet on the short edge of the wax paper (where rough edge where you tear it off). The bottom of the bouquet stems (or plastic water baggie) should be just above the long edge of the paper. You don't want them to show below it.

Roll the bouquet gently until you have completely wrapped the wax paper around it, and continue around half way again. Tape the edge so it doesn’t unwrap. Depending on the length of your flowers, it’s OK if they stick out above the top of the paper.

Scrunch the bottom of the wax paper around the stems and rubber band or tape it securely. You can tie a ribbon around the rubber band or tape to hide them.

For a decorative look, take a square of colored tissue paper and lay it out flat. Then take your bouquet and lay it at an angle – about 30 degrees – on one corner of the tissue paper. Hold the corner of the paper and gently roll the bouquet and paper towards the opposing corner to create a tissue paper cone to hold the flowers. Tape the edge. You can then fold the bottom of the cone and tape it in place, and tie the whole bouquet with a colored ribbon for extra pizzazz.


Things You Will Need

  • Tissue paper
  • Wax paper
  • Napkin or paper towel
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic baggie
  • Tape
  • Ribbon (optional)


  • Don’t overfill the baggie with water. You just want it to keep the paper towel or napkin moist.
  • For a different look, use colored florist foil to wrap the bouquet instead of wax paper.
  • Keep the bouquet in the refrigerator, or a cool place to help preserve the flowers’ longevity.

About the Author

Claudia Newcorn is the owner of marketing & communications agency Acorn Enterprises. She has been a freelance writer and editor for over 10 years. She writes for both businesses and individuals. Her articles appear in print and online newspapers and magazines. She is the author of an award-winning fantasy book, "Crossover".