I’ll throw this out there- I don’t pretend to be a floral designer in any sense of the word. I actually have zero design skills period. Interior design, fashion design, designing dinner? Nada. I’m clueless. My dad’s mother (my Mimi!) is an AMAZING floral arranger though (she did all of our wedding flowers, which you’ll see next week!) and I’ve always secretly wanted to try my hand at it. So when an occasion this past weekend called for a surprise bouquet, I got really excited about the chance to try my hand at green thumbery!
My journey began at Wegmans, the mother of all grocery stores. Well, the second mother. Harris Teeter will always be my favorite. So we’ll name Wegmans the “brother from another mother” of all grocery stores. Are you tracking with me even in the slightest?
I began in their flower shoppe and ended up choosing a dozen pink roses and a small bundle of Bells of Ireland. I love bouquets with a bit of dimension, so I knew I wanted some sort of tall green that could extend farther than the roses. Altogether, you’ll need the roses, an accent green, scissors, floral wire, burlap and twine. I’m not sure if this is the proper way to prep roses, but I don’t like the leaves so I pulled them all off. 🙂
Then I started grouping the roses in my hand and placed the Bells of Ireland throughout the bouquet, pulling the stems down so that they didn’t protrude too far.
This is where I should have used floral wire, but I didn’t have time to run out and get some so I just used twine. It was a little difficult- I’m guessing you’ll be better off using wire. After you’ve wrapped the stems, trim the ends to your desired length.
Cut about 8 inches of burlap and wrap it around the stems of the flowers to cover the floral wire, then twist twine around the burlap to keep the burlap nice and tight around the stems. Or if you prefer a more sophisticated finish, use ribbon instead of burlap.
Et voila! C’est fini! < Madame Flynn would be proud that I retained that much French.
I know it’s simple and that a real floral arranger would probably roll her eyes at it, but it made the recipient really happy and I personally think it’s cute! And altogether, the entire project cost me less than $20.
What do you think? Do I have a future in sub-par bouquet-ery? Or should I stick strictly to photography?