A friend of mine invited me to be one of her bridesmaids for her big day. She and her, now husband, decided to tie the knot last December in a small civil ceremony with a small reception for friends and family. They are still planning to make a bigger celebration in the future so both of their families are able to celebrate, since she is from Brazil and he is from the U.S. Even though they decided on a small ceremony first, I wanted her to have a very special day. One way I found to help with that was to make her a bouquet and him a boutonniere.
Naturally, I went online to search for some inspiration and a tutorial on how to do it. I chose to incorporate some soft colors with eucalyptus to give that romantic look to it. At the end, I was very happy with the results, and so were they 🙂
The whole process took me about 1 hour to make and the materials were easy to find.
Where to find flowers?
I went to both Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods to find the flowers I was looking for. They have a great selection, great prices and they seem to be always fresh.
Where to find craft materials?
I went to Michael’s and Joann Fabrics to find the ribbon, plant tape, glue,lace etc. They most certainly have all of that there.
Here is what you will need to make your bouquet and boutonniere:
– Flowers of your choice (For this bouquet I used eucalyptus, hydrangea, roses, peonies and baby’s breath)
-Satin ribbon (not wired)
– Flower pins
Step 1: Have a clear working surface and open up all of the flower bunches releasing them from the elastic tie. Separate them by type and lay the flowers on the surface area. Separate the flowers that you will use for the boutonniere and reserve.
Step 2: Put flowers together starting with the biggest flowers and adding the others around. I personally saved the eucalyptus and the baby’s breath for last because they will give your bouquet volume and charm at the end. The smaller head flowers can also be added at the end (as if you were pinning the bouquet with them) in order to add color to it.
Before tying them together, make sure you are happy with how they came together.
Step 3: Make sure to hold the bouquet tightly with one hand while you start tying it together. Depending on the thickness of the bouquet, you may want to use an elastic band first before using the tape.
Get the tape and start taping around the bouquet for about 4-5 inches or so. Cut the tape and release. Make sure it is all very secure before moving on to the next step.
Step 4: Grab the ribbon of your choice and wrap it around the bouquet. Wrap it in a way that it overlaps but not so much. Just about a half inch each turn. After the first turn, put a slab of glue at the beginning of the ribbon and glue the first round of ribbon. Keep wrapping until about 4-5 inches down the bouquet. Glue the end of the ribbon at the last round of wrapping. Use flower pins to pin down the ribbon in a row but ATTENTION: make sure that the pin doesn’t go through the other side, you don’t want have a bloody hand bride! When pinning, pin it in a 45 degree angle to be safe.
Step 5: Here you can decorate it with lace or other decoration item that you please. That could be another type of ribbon, rosary bids, something borrowed, a pin… After all of that is done, cut the ends of the bouquet in a 45 degree angle to easily absorb water. Find a jar, fill about 1-2 inches of water and place the bouquet in it so it doesn’t die. You can choose to put it in the fridge as well. Remember that if you are using roses and hydrangeas, you might want to make the bouquet the day of. Those types of flowers do not last very long.
For the boutonniere all you will need are:
-Glue and glue gun
-two flowers of your choice (choose the smaller ones)
-small width ribbon
How to make it:
Separate the flowers that you are gonna use on your boutonniere and reserve. I used baby’s breath and another type that I cannot recall (sorry) as they seem to last longer and not need much water. Put them together having the most voluminous and taller one on the back and the smaller one in the front. Tape the stems. Wrap the ribbon around it until about 1,5″ and glue it together. Decorate with a string. Put two flower pins in the back so the groom can pin it in his suit. Wala!
I hope that you liked it and that it gives you some inspiration.