- 4 years ago
- Wedding: March 2013
Here is how I made a bridal bouquet with silk flowers. Super cheap, yet still elegant looking. I added step by step instructions.
Materials: (all from Walmart)
2 bunches hydraenge $3 ea
floral tape $1 (it was enough for all the bouquets)
white ribbon $1 (plenty left over, which I used for other decor)
lavendar ribbon $1.60 (again, plenty left over for toher crafts)
corsage pins $1 (might have been a bit more. Enough for all the bouquets and boutenairs)
clippers (to cut stems)
Cut each stem, seaprating it from the bunch. Then remove leaves, these oulled off.
Where the leaves attaches there were little pieces of plastic left, so I cut them off, as close to the stem as possible to try to get a smoothers stem.
Take one stem and place 3 surrounding it, creating the center of the bouquet. the stems hould create a spiral.
Wrap floral tape around the stems where the stems naturally meet. Pull the tape o stretch it and make it stick.
Continue adding stems aound center. After each layer wrap floral tape at the same place.
After all the stems have been gathered, pull them together, naturally twisting as the spiral forms. Wrap a little tape at the base of the stems. Then begin wrapping the whole handle from top to bottom.
Trim the ends of the stem.
The bottom should be even.
Wrap the broader white ribbon, starting at the top, wrapping it around the stems all the way to the bottom. Be sure to cover all the floral tape and keep the folds even. (Unfortuntely that pic did not load). Fasten with a pin at the base for the mean time.
With the thinner lavender ribbon I cut enough to wrap around. Staring at the top and pulled the ribbon under the handle and criss-crossed it back to front (creating the pattern below). Keep it tight and fllow the pattern all the way the the bottom.
When you get to the base, remove pin. Overlap purple ribbon, over end of white ribbon. It’s important to have the last criss-cross over the end of the white (fold hte white if necessary). Replace pin in center of criss-cross being sure to tack the white end behind it. Place pin in an upward motion.
I made a bow at the back of the handle. You can trim the excess at the back and stick it with a glue-gun, if you prefer. Lastly, add pins all the way to the top, pushing them in an upward fashion. Place each pin at each criss-cross. Be sure that the pin does not poke through the back or front and run your fingers over it to double check.
Two bunches makes a full-bouquet, but you can choose to add more.
Here’s the finished product.
Hope this helps some of you bees out there! Let me know if you found this useful.