In 10 Easy Steps!
Mother’s Day is on Sunday, and I love gifting my favorite ladies little homemade bouquets. Ryan and I have been putting these together for Mother’s Day ever since we got married a few years ago (here’s last years!), and it’s become our tradition. Today I thought I’d show you how you can whip one (or a few!) of these up this weekend too!
First, A Few Tips and Tricks:
- #1 Peony Tip: SUNLIGHT! The sun is either your best friend or your enemy with peonies. If your goal is for the flowers to open, place them in an area that gets quite a bit of sun throughout the day. If you would like the flowers to remain closed, an area that doesn’t receive sun is a better bet! Sun (or no sun!) is key for blooming for all flowers, so this tip is fairly universal.
- If you’re purchasing your flowers from your grocery store, plan to purchase them one day in advance at most. Many flowers can last a week, and the goal is for your mom to enjoy them for the longest amount of time possible. By purchasing them one day in advance, you’re allowing the flowers to open slightly so she can see all of the colors and flowers but not enough that the bouquet will die soon after your mom receives it.
- Don’t place your flowers in your trunk…EVER. The trunk is the hottest place in a car, and flowers like to be cool. Whenever I purchase flowers, I keep them on the passenger seat or on the backseat with the air conditioning on while I drive. Also, make your flower shop or your grocery store your last stop on your errand run. The quicker you get your flowers home, the better!
You Will Need:
- Flowers! (Four types – focal flower, secondary flower, filler flower, and greenery)
- Flower shears or kitchen scissors
- Rubber band or hair tie
- Paper Towel
- Sandwich Bag
- Tissue Paper (You can swap this out for an ABD tumbler!)
Step 1: Choose your flowers
Peonies are obviously the focal flower! And, blooms like ranunculus, tulips, roses, freesia, billy balls, and even carnations make great secondary flowers. I love using hydrangea or aster (what I used for this one!) as my filler when I make bouquets because it takes up a ton of space, but spray roses and stock work well too! Any type of greenery will do.
Step 2: Remove Leaves
This allows the water to go straight to the flower rather than stopping at any of the leaves on it’s way up through the stem.
Step 3: Trim Stems
This is key because the diagonal cut allows the flowers to drink water easier. Just trim the stems at this point, you will cut them down more later.
Step 4: Separate your flowers by type
I like to do this so I can see how many of each flower I have, and place each type in a glass or vase with water while you design your bouquet.
Step 5: Arrange your flowers
To start a bouquet, choose one of each flower. Add your focal flower first, followed by a secondary flower or two, and your filler flowers (except hydrangea – see below for that tip!). Then add your greenery. Turn your bouquet slightly, and start adding again making sure to spread your focal flowers out throughout your bouquet. This may mean adding secondary flowers, filler flowers, or greenery more often. The goal is for your bouquet to look similar no matter which way you turn it! **If you choose to use hydrangea, I add the stems in at the very last second because I like them to anchor the outside of the bouquet. They keep the flowers in, plus they make the bouquet look super full without making it feel choppy.
Step 6: Wrap a rubber band or hair tie around your bouquet
This tip saves lives! I wrap a rubber band or hair tie around every bouquet I make because either one keeps the flowers together. (Hint: flower shops and grocery stores do this too, so it’s a pro tip!).
Step 8: Wrap a paper towel around your bouquet
Dampen a paper towel (don’t soak it!), and place it around your flowers. This will keep them near a water source until your mom pops the flowers into a vase.
Step 9: Add a sandwich bag
This will contain your paper towel, water, and stem situation. Add a rubber band or hair tie to keep this in place.
Step 10: Wrap & Tie It Up
Tissue paper has so many fun colors, patterns, and shapes (scallops!), and it’s so easy to manipulate. I like to stand my bouquet up (while holding it!) in the center of tissue paper (make sure the patterned/shiny side is not up for this step) and bring the tissue paper up around the sides of the bouquet. By doing this, the blooms are covered, and the shiny/patterned side of the tissue paper is now exposed. Tie the tissue paper with ribbon, and viola! Best Mother’s Day bouquet…EVER.
I hope this little DIY is helpful for this Sunday, and of course every other day! I love giving little bouquets to my girlfriends, as hostess gifts, or you know… just because! Plus, it’s peony season, so you have an excuse!
Hope your weekend is extra special!
Flowers from: Orlando Flower Market