DIY Wedding Bouquet
July 7, 2010
DIY Inspired
So, you've met the couple, seen the inspiration boards and the design guide, devoured the crazy gorgeous details, heard about the floods that almost made this wedding non-existent and obsessed over the gorgeous wedding that followed. Now it's time to see some of the SUPER easy do-it-yourself wedding projects that went into making the day so special. Starting with a few fun flower ideas that will leave you tickled pink. Sarah True and Chase Rivers crafted these DIY's just for you, photographed by Justin and Mary and filmed by Elysium. And they are great ways to get your hands dirty without overwhelming yourself by doing all of your wedding day flowers.

flower bouquet

Starting with the film that Elysium crafted, making it incredibly easy to see how to build your bouquet from scratch...

The video makes this project SO, so easy but if you need to really take your time and use the pictures that Justin and Mary Marantz snapped as your guide, we've got those for you too! We've included lots of pictures so that you really understand how to build your bouquet, probably even more than necessary. But, we want to make sure that your bouquet is as pretty as they get, so without further ado...

diy wedding bouquet

diy wedding bouquet

Variety of Florals
Scissors or Pruning Sheers
Floral Wire
Floral Tape
Glue Gun

1. Gather Tools. Cut the ends of the stems on a 45 degree angle with the proper flower tool or scissors so as to not damage stems and give them a fresh cut prior to beginning so they get a good drink of water. If possible, cut stems under water.

2. Remove Foliage. Remove the thorns, and any foliage off the bottom half of the stems before you begin.

3. Lay your flowers out on the table, blooms facing toward you. Start off with the largest flower to form the center. Hold the stem between your thumb and first finger on the left hand, about 6-8 inches from the base of the flower head.

4. Now with your right hand, add about 4- 6 stems to frame your center flower, evenly and just below the flower head to help fill in the bouquet, criss-crossing the stems on an angle and rotating the bouquet as you work. The goal is to create a point where all the stems cross each other.

5. Point the blooms toward you as you work — not the stems. Continue to hold the bouquet and place 5-6 stems of the same type of flowers evenly around, turning the bouquet clockwise, and inserting the stems at a 45 degree angle. Continue adding flowers for the next round, arranging these flowers slightly lower. Keep the bouquet a gentle rounded shape across the top. Criss-cross all the stems, and give the bouquet a quarter turn clockwise after adding a few stems. Secure stems in place with floral tape.

6. Continue adding flowers and foliage stems, turning the bouquet around clockwise until the bouquet is the desired size. Secure all your stems together with floral tape, winding it firmly around several times in the same place as before.

7. Cut the ends off the flower and foliage stems, so they are about 6-8 inches long and all the same length. Spray lightly everything with water. Finish off the bouquet by wrapping a length of wide ribbon around the stems to cover the tape.

8. You will want to keep the bouquet in water over night and in a cool place. Preferably a refrigerator, just be careful not to let the flowers hit the edge of the shelves as it will cause them to turn brown.

COMING UP NEXT...another floral DIY project!