Make Your Own Spectacular Rustic Bridal Bouquet
If the thought of spending thousands of dollars on flowers for your wedding day has your stomach in a huge knot then you will be happy to discover that there are a lot of things you can do to reduce those costs. One such clever and creative way to reduce your overall wedding costs is to make your very own DIY rustic bridal bouquet. Don’t think you are creative enough? You may be surprised at how easy it can be to create a one-of-a-kind rustic bouquet that will look spectacular, and remember that natural, organic bouquets are the trend this wedding season.
Before you get started there are a few essential items you will need:
Flowers and foliage of your choice – as a general rule you should opt for foliage and blooms twice the size that you want the finished bouquet to be
A sharp pair of scissors and if flower shears
Twine – in the color of your choice – you will need about a meter of twine for binding
Ribbon and/or lace
- Lay out your flowers and foliage. Remove lower leaves and/or thorns. Make sure you keep them organized.
- Select the flower you want to be the centerpiece of the bouquet. If the bloom is large you may just select the one but if small such as bud roses you might want to use 2 or 3 at the center.
- Now add foliage and smaller flowers around the outside of the central flowers. Be sure to keep the balance between foliage and flowers even by adding a little of each all the way around. If using more than one color of flowers make sure that they are evenly dispersed. If using both green and gray foliage be sure to add a little of each at a time.
- Holding the flowers away from you, check to see that the way your bouquet is coming together is pleasing to the eye. Remember that you are going for a natural look so it is not vital that everything is perfect. Don’t let the length of the stems concern you at this point as that will be dealt with at a later step.
- If you are pleased with the bouquet at this point move on to adding more color and texture with other flowers. Work around the central flowers again, mixing flowers with foliage until you have completed an entire round of the bouquet. At this stage, if you want particular flowers to stand up higher than others you can gently ease them up a little. Your bouquet should now be taking shape.
- Once you have your bouquet the size and shape that you want it to be add another round of foliage to form a ‘frame’ for the rest of the blooms and greenery.
- Check your bouquet again to make sure that it looks the way you want it to. Look at it from all angles and tweak it if necessary. Stand in front of a mirror and see how it looks. If happy with it move onto the next step.
- Now it is time to wrap the stems. Holding the bouquet just below the base of the flowers, take the twine and wrap about 5cm of it around the little finger of the hand holding the bouquet. Using your other hand bind the stems together neatly and firmly to make sure that nothing can move once you let go. Work upwards until you have about 5 - 10cm of twine left. At this point you need to take the end that is around your little finger and tie the two ends together in a double knot. Make sure that it is tight so that it cannot loosen.
- Laying your bouquet in front of you, take your shears and begin to cut the stems. As a general rule you want to leave about two hand widths of stems on the bouquet. Don’t try to cut all of the stems at once. Work gently and carefully, trimming 2 or 3 stems at a time until all of the stems have been trimmed to the same length. To get a clean cut it is important that you hold the shears vertically upright when cutting.
- The final step is to add the finishing touches to your bouquet. Take a piece of ribbon or lace and wrap around the twine on the stems. Make sure it covers the twine completely or if using colored twine you may choose to leave some of it still showing. Pull the ribbon or lace firmly and then push a pin gently but firmly through the fabric and up into the bouquet at about a 20 degree angle. If the pin won’t go in without considerable force just remove it and try in a different position. Do this with 2 or 3 pins to make it secure.