Aug
29
DIY Wednesday: $10 Farmer’s Market Bouquet
Posted by Kate. Filed under Bridesmaids, DIY Wednesday, Do It Yourself

One recent, lazy summer weekend I was puttering around the house after my weekly trip to the farmer’s market.  Up in Oregon, there are the best local florals at the market.  I buy ‘em by the bunches to brighten up the house.  On this particular weekend I scooped up two bunches of bright snapdragons at $5 per piece and a few stems of loose strife.  I thought they would make for very sweet, inexpensive bridesmaid bouquets.  So there I went, trying my hand at pulling together a little bouquet…. if I can do it, you can definitely do it!  Here’s a little how-to I put together and a few things I learned along the way… 

Materials and Supplies:  Two bunches of snapdragons,  five stems of loose strife, scissors/clippers, floral tape, strips of fabric, vases or buckets of water. 

Step One:  Choose healthy bunches of snapdragons at the farmer’s market.  Since they are pretty top heavy, the stems break easily.  You can anticipate that a few will break.  Get the flowers in water asap.

Step Two:  Group your stems by shape.  Some stems will have more elongated blossoms, others will just be blooming at the top.  In general, snap dragons are tall, thin flowers, so if you use them exclusively, the bouquet can take on that shape. For a more round bouquet, add in a mix of flowers.

Step Three:  Start with the more elongated stems at the center of the bouquet.  Add the shorter blooms around the center.  Each time you add a few stems around the center, run floral tape around the top of the gathered stems.

Step Four:  Mix in stems of loose strife as you gather the bouquet.   You’ll  need to remove some snapdragon blossoms closest to the bottom of the stems to keep the shape of the bouquet as you add the final flowers.

Step Five:  Once you’re happy with the shape of the bouquet, tape securely.  Since this was a budget project,  I found some basic cotton fabric around the house and tore it into strips.  Instead of ribbon, I tied raw strips of fabric around for the finishing touch.  Keep the bouquets in water whenever possible to maintain vibrancy.  

Voilá!  A bright, bold, $10 bridesmaid bouquet.

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  • http://cakesandlouie.blogspot.com Kelly

    We DIY-ed all of the bouquets for my wedding with Farmer’s Market flowers! I talked with a vendor a few times leading up to my wedding just to get an idea of what he would have available, but since I didn’t really have anything particular in mind that I wanted, it worked out perfectly! My mom and I went to a local market Thursday morning and got all of the flowers set in water, and us girls pulled them together into quick and simple bouquets the morning of the wedding (Saturday). The bouquets were all wrapped with gray ribbon, and mine also had a piece of lace from my mother’s wedding veil and a beaded piece from my best friend wrapped around it. http://cakesandlouie.blogspot.com/2012/08/wedding-week.html

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    wonderful pictures..so many beautiful flowers.

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    Absolutely stunning – beautiful work and fantastic photos to show all the details involved!

  • http://www.bloomsbythebox.com Flower Expert

    The saturated colors of the snapdragons really make this bouquet gorgeous! Wonderful job! For more DIY flower ideas check out blog.bloomsbythebox.com! Lots of how to advice and floral design help for DIY brides!

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