Do you love a beautiful bouquet of flowers, but feel completely lost on how to arrange them yourself? Inspired by our recent Wildflower Collection launch event in New York City, we’ve put together a five step guide to making your own wildflower bouquet. Channeling the casual elegance of the Hungarian blooms in our new collection, learn how you can create the perfect wildflower bouquets for weddings, events, gifts or decor.
When putting together a wildflower bouquet, you may feel unsure as to what a wildflower really is. Common wildflowers include daisies, spray roses, lavender, Queen Anne’s Lace and thistles, but there are many options to choose from. For example, our Wildflower Collection includes botanical oils from Hungarian poppies, cornflower, echinacea, evening primrose and linden flower. When choosing greenery to accompany your blooms, go for grasses, herbs, ferns and eucalyptus rather than broad tropical leaves.
Generally speaking, wildflower bouquets are more loose and casual than traditional bouquets and less likely to include mainstays like red roses and tulips - but customize however you like! If creating DIY bouquets for your wedding, choose hues that best complement your color scheme and flowers local to the region where your wedding is taking place.
How To Make A Wildflower Bouquet
Our instructions below are for creating one medium-sized bouquet, so please note that additional supplies will be needed depending on the size and number of bouquets required.
What You Need:
- Assortment of blooms - approximately seven large blooms and two handfuls of smaller sprigs
- Assortment of greenery - an assortment of leafy sprays and grasses
- Floral stem wrapping tape - can be found at your local craft store
- Sharp scissors
- Optional: twine, string or ribbon and straight pins
- Optional: vintage brooch or jewelry
- Vase or bucket filled with one to two inches of water
Step 1: Lay Out Plants
Start your bouquet-making process by laying out and grouping all of your plants. This will make it easier for you to build the bouquet and find what you are looking for. Sort by type, size and color to best assist yourself. No need to worry about the length of the stems at this point, as you will trim later - but do remove any unattractive leaves or greenery that is near the stem base.
Step 2: Arrange From Inside Out
Start your bouquet by choosing about three to five large blooms to form the focal point of your bunch. When you’re happy with your base arrangement, secure it with five inches of floral stem wrapping tape. Add additional greenery and blooms to the outside two to three at a time, securing with tape each time. Continue adding until bouquet is the size you are after or you have run out of plants.
Step 3: Trim Stems
Once your bouquet is finished, trim the edge of all stems so they are the same length. If you are making a wedding bouquet, ensure you are leaving ample stem space to hold the bouquet comfortably. If you are creating a bouquet for a vase, ensure the stems are not too short for the vase.
Step 4: Wrap Stems
Depending on the feel of your wildflower bouquet, there are multiple ways to wrap the stems. You may want to leave just the floral wrapping tape if you plan to place it in a vase, but vintage style ribbon, twine or string can add a beautiful rustic element. If wrapping the stems, start at the top about one inch below your lowest leaves or blooms. Secure the top of the wrap with either a pin or a knot, depending on the wrap used.
Continue to wrap down to the base of the bouquet, leaving about two inches of stem unwrapped so the bouquet may be placed in water. Consider decorating further by pinning a vintage brooch into the wrap, or wrapping a necklace or strand of beads around the wrap, securing with straight pins.
Step 5: Store In Water
To keep your wildflower bouquet looking fresh for your wedding or event, place it in a vase or bucket filled with one to two inches of water. Dry the base of the stems when you are ready to use the bouquet. If you are gifting, wrap your wildflower bouquet in recycled parcel paper.
With this handy guide, we have no doubt that you’ll be able to put together a bouquet to be proud of. Are you already a bouquet-making pro? What tips do you have for creating your own wildflower bouquet? Let us know in the comments below and share with us on social media at Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | G+.