How To Make A Wedding Bouquet
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A teardrop bouquet is the most popular shape for a wedding bouquet.
They are quite a large bouquet, with a nice cascade effect. (This just means that the wedding bouquet flows down and away
from the bride)
The main thing to remember when making a bridal bouquuet, is that the bouquet needs to have depth, and not be flat and 2 dimensional.
A quick warning: Making a bouquet of this size takes a fair amount of time, so to make it easier on yourself you should prepare
everything first before you start putting the bridal bouquet together...
You will need:
- 9 red silk roses
- 7 white silk rose
- 1 bunch of artificial ivy
- 2 rolls of stem tape
- 2 bunches of wire 0.18 gauge and 0.22 gauge
- 2 rolls of ribbon red and white.
- 11 silk rose leaves
(nb: You could make the bouquet with a different number of flowers, and different types of flowers, but it's easier to learn
how to make a wedding bouquet if you just stick to the instructions on this page on your first attempt...)
Step 1: Wire and tape...
Step 2: Prepare the ivy...
Wire and tape the ivy. Do this by cutting a fairly long piece of ivy off the bunch, and stripping the last four leaves off
Then wire around the the stem, and tape until all the stem is covered.
Step 3: Start constructing the wedding bouquet...
The first step in constructing your wedding bouquet is to make the tail piece.
We do this by taking a long piece of ivy and placing a red rose about half way up the leaves.
Push the taped wires against each other. The stem tape will stick together, which will make it easier to work with.
Take a small piece of stem tape and tape together near the top of the rose.
The tail rose is our point of reference for the bouquet. It helps with judging the length and the rest of the bouquet construction.
Step 4: Make the guiding wire...
Next we need to prepare the guiding wire. This wire becomes the top of the bridal bouquet and is our second point of reference.
Take a smaller piece of wired-and-taped ivy and place it about half way down the taped wire on the tail rose.
You will need to trim the wire at the half way point. The two taped-wires of the tail rose are there to help form the handle,
so bend them away from the top wire.
Now stem-tape to the bend in the wire. Don't go above this as then you would be taping into the bouquet handle.
The reason we add a guiding wire is because the wedding bouquet will be quite heavy, and the handle and the guiding wire help
to stabilize the bouquet, and add the correct flow.
Sit your top piece of ivy up by bending it towards the tail rose.
Step 5: Add more ivy...
Now we start building the bouquet by adding in more ivy.
You will need 12 fairly long pieces of ivy (six for each side of the bouquet).
Starting from the tail rose, stagger the ivy up to the top, fanning out the ivy out as you go.
Repeat this process on the other side, making sure that you pull the wires through and into the handle.
Hold this together with a small piece of stem tape near the bend of the handle.
From the back it should look kind of like a spider.
Step 6: Add the roses...
Add your roses in next, by staggering them up from the tail rose, alternating colors as you go.
Place a white rose in the centre, just up from the tail rose. Sit it up on it's wire.
Just up, and slightly to the left side of the centre-white-rose, add a red rose. And then do the same on the right.
Step 7: Add some more roses...
Place your final three red roses near the top piece of ivy, and fan them out.
Then place your last two white roses in between the first and second red rose at the top.
Keep pulling the wires into the handle.
Step 8: Finish the framing of the bouquet...
Now add another six smaller pieces of ivy to the top of the wedding bouquet, behind the roses, and fan them out.
This will help to finish off the framing of the wedding bouquet.
Use a small piece of stem tape at the top to hold it all in place.
Step 9: Fill in the gaps...
Next using the left over greenery fill in all the gaps.
If you have any gaps left after adding all the ivy, just use your rose leaves to fill them in.
This will make the wedding bouquet more interesting, as a different leaf helps to add some variety.
Step 10: Add the ribbon loops...
Take the ribbon loops and place them in the wedding bouquet between flowers of the same color.
We do this to break up a concertration of one color and to soften and accent the bouquet.
Place one ribbon loop under the rose on the tail as this will help finish off the tail nicely.
Step 11: Add the figure-of-eight bows, and trailer ribbons...
Next we add our figure of eight bow to the back of the bouquet at the top. Then add your trailer ribbons to the front, underneath
Secure them in place with a small piece of stem tape.
Step 12: Prepare the bouquet handle...
Bend your handle into shape and then trim your wires.
Then take a length of stem tape and pull the tape over the wires. Make sure to start at the trimmed end of the handle.
Repeat taping over the handle, at least three times.
When you are finished taping, check that you can't feel the wires poking through the tape. If you do feel any wires then tape
some more, until no wires can be felt.
To tape the rest of the handle start at the top near the ivy and tape back down to the bottom. Then tape back from the bottom
to the top, and then finally from the top back down to the bottom again.
Step 13: Pull the bouquet back into shape.
The wedding bouquet will have been flung around a liitle during the taping.
Just turn the bouquet to face the front, and pull everything back into shape.
Untangle any ivy that has been caught up on itself and pull any flowers back into position.
Stand up and hold the bouquet by the handle (so the flowers are facing the floor) and give the bouquet a shake.
That's it, Your done!
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I hope you have enjoyed learning how to make a wedding bouquet.
Now, obviously there is only so much I can cover of this in an article like this. It makes MUCH more sense, when you can actually
SEE what to do, rather than just read about it. So if you're really serious about learning how to make a wedding bouquet,
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