Saturday, May 8, 2010

{DIY} How to make a french hand-tied bouquet for Mother's day

What a fabulous bouquet for Mother's Day or any other occasion that you need a cute gift for a special someone!! And the fabulous Chelsea from Frolic put a step by step tutorial that is fantastic and makes it look very simple. Here it is:

The French love tightly packed bouquets with lots of greenery and created the spiral stem technique. The cute little water pack, makes for easy transportation.
flower clippers
parchment paper (14" by 14" piece)
scalloped edge ruler or circle template
scissors or x-acto knife
Pre-cut flags (from Martha Stewart Crafts)
waxed twine

Flower recipe:
10 stems of sweet pea
10 stems of ranunculus
2 stems of viburnum
5 stems of anemone
8 stems of alchimilla or strawberry greens
5 stems of sweet woodruff

Tips: Extra greens always come in handy to help fill the bouquet. Also, make sure some of the flowers are budded and some are fully open. This will help the bouquet come together seamlessly.

Step 1: Create a scallop edge around the parchment paper. This is easily done by using a scallop edge ruler. We used a circle template and created a cardboard template and then cut the edges with an x-acto knife. It took around 15 minutes.

Step 2: Layout all the flowers you need and remove most of the leaves. Separate into piles according to color and type.
Step 3: In your left hand (or right hand if you are left-handed), gather a few stems of flowers like a mini bouquet.
Step 4: Add 3-4 stems of flowers at a 45 degree angle and turn the bouquet. Repeat until the bouquet is full. The stems should automatically spiral and the bouquet should be able to stand up by itself. Tips: Add strawberry greens around the edge to help support the stems.
Step 5: Tie the bouquet and cut the stems.

Step 6: Lay the bouquet in a corner of the paper. Bring the diagonal edges together and then the sides and tie together at the base of the bouquet with waxed twine.
Step 7: Fill with water by putting the bouquet under the faucet and turning on a slow stream of water until the bottom section feels full.
Step 8: Write a message on the flag, tape to a skewer stick, cut to the proper length for your bouquet and stick it in the flowers.

The recipient can unclip the string and drop the bouquet into a vase of clean water. It should last around 5 days.

....and voila you have a fabulous bouquet for Mother's Day!! thank you Chelsea!!

{Image via Frolic}


Some Style... said...

that so beautiful and the most wonderful idea! every mom loves flowers and receiving them! lovely lovely! thanks for sharing!

FabulousFashions4SensibleStyle said...

This is so beautiful, thank you so much for sharing!!!

Liesl :)

Flowers said...

WOW!!!! This is stunning! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

modeflowers said...

So beautiful hand tied bouquet.

Related Posts with Thumbnails