DIY Wednesday: Make a Hand-Tied Bridesmaid Bouquet
Posted by Kate. Filed under DIY Wednesday, Do It Yourself, Flowers

By: Chelsea Fuss

Here’s a blast of color to brighten your fall day! Consider making your own bridesmaid bouquets with the help of friends and family! Here’s our floral recipe and DIY instructions, including those to make a clever waterproof travel pack so the bouquets can stay fresh.

Materials:                                                                   Flower Recipe:
scissors                                                                      10 Stems of Variegated Greens like Boxwood or Myrtle
clippers                                                                       5 Stems of lilac or other filler (butterfly bush or privet)
ribbon                                                                         5 Stems of sweet pea
twine                                                                           5 Stems of anemone (roses, daisies or mums work too)
vase                                                                            5 Stems of ranunculus
freezer paper or heavy duty celophane

How to Make the Bouquet
1. Clean off the leaves from the bottom half of the stems.
2. Soak the flowers in water overnight or at least for a few hours before making your bouquet.
3. When ready to make your bouquet, take a few stems of lilac and greens in one hand.
5. Slowly add additional flowers, turning the bouquet each time you do. This will make the stems spiral and your bouquet should be able to stand when you are finished and the stems are clipped.
6. Add in more delicate flowers like the anemone and sweet pea, last.
7. Be sure to add some taller stems poking out above the rest, to make the bouquet look natural.
8. Tie with twine.
9. Cut the stems all the same length.
10. Cover the twine with ribbon.

How to Make a Travel Pack:
1. Cut a square of freezer paper or heavy duty cellophone, about twice as big as your bouquet.
2. We scalloped the edges with a scalloped edge ruler and an X-acto knife but this is optional.
3. Place your bouquet pointed toward a corner of the wrapping.
4. Gather the edges around the center of the bouquet and tie with string. (It may be helpful to have another person here).
5. Hold the wrapped bouquet upright underneath a faucet and let the water run into the bottom of the package.
6. It is helpful to have a bag or box to transport the wrapped bouquet in.

If you’ve found your inner florist, and you’re itching for more, check out these other bouquet tutorials!

Farmer’s Market Bouquet

Fall Wildflower & Herb

Garden Rose

Pretty Lilacs


Photos and Project Styling by Chelsea Fuss

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  • It looks great! Just one tip though – always have a practice run before the day to make sure you are happy with the results, and know how much stuff to buy, and how long it will take. You don’t want to be ‘learning’ all this for the first time on the day, or on the day before.

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    yes, we totally agree!! 🙂

  • Love this. Perfect idea for a DIY bride, or DIY bridesmaids for that matter.

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