With Valentine's Day approaching, it's time for engaged gentlemen out there to start thinking about to how to surprise their bride-to-be. While picking up a bouquet from her favourite florist is one option, taking the extra effort to make one from scratch is bound to impress. With that in mind, here are some expert tips from Presh Floral to help you along.

How to make a hand-tied bouquet

Ingredients:

  • Keira garden roses (3 stems – approx $7/stem)
  • Majolika spray roses (3 stems – approx $4/stem)
  • Light pink hyacinth (1 stem – approx $5/stem)
  • Light pink tulip (1 stem – approx $3/stem)
  • White spray roses (2 stems – approx $4/stem)
  • White ranunculus (3 stems – approx $5/stem)
  • White veronica (3 stems – approx $3/stem)
  • White stock (3 stems – approx $5/stem)
  • White frilly edged tulip (1 stem – approx $4/stem)
  • Salal (3 stems – approx $1/stem)
  • Tiki tree fern (3 stems – approx $0.50/stem) 
  • English ivy (clip 2 vines - $10-20 for a pot)

Supplies:

  • Twine
  • Pink silk ribbon
  • Floral clippers
How to Make a Hand-Tied Bouquet

Instructions: 

Step One:  Pick out a variety of blooms of different sizes and shapes so you have a mixture of focal flowers, filler flowers, line flowers and greenery. Here we are using a variety of pale pink and white flowers to make a sweet Valentine's bouquet. You will also need some floral clippers, some twine, and ribbon.

How to Make a Hand-Tied Bouquet
How to Make a Hand-Tied Bouquet
How to Make a Hand-Tied Bouquet

Step Two:   Once you have all your materials, carefully de-thorn the roses (my favourite way to do that is with nail clippers!) and remove all the foliage below where water would sit in a vase. Leaves in water will rot and shorten the vase life of a bouquet. 

How to Make a Hand-Tied Bouquet

Step Three:  To start building your bouquet, take a focal flower such a garden rose and place its stem between your thumb and index finger. Next take a filler flower such as spray rose and place its stem at a 45-degree angle from the other stem.

How to Make a Hand-Tied Bouquet
How to Make a Hand-Tied Bouquet
How to Make a Hand-Tied Bouquet
How to Make a Hand-Tied Bouquet

TIP!   To create a loose, whimsical bouquet try not to hold the stems too tight and shake them out a little every once and a while. Also, don't skimp on the greenery! We have used some cascading English ivy and wispy tree fern to give the bouquet romantic feel.

How to Make a Hand-Tied Bouquet

Step Four:   Rotate the stems slightly and add a piece of greenery such as salal. Continue to rotate the bouquet and add pieces crossing the stems at an angle. Try to place flowers at different heights to create interest.  For example, here we have a ranunculus peeking up and some tulips draping down. 

How to Make a Hand-Tied Bouquet

Step Five:  Once you have incorporated all your flowers, tie the stems together with twine and use your clippers to cut all the stems to the same length.

How to Make a Hand-Tied Bouquet
How to Make a Hand-Tied Bouquet

Step Six:  Then get the prettiest ribbon you can find (we're using Silk & Willow's limited edition Rose Silk Satin), wrap it around the stems to conceal the twine, and tie a bow.

How to Make a Hand-Tied Bouquet
How to Make a Hand-Tied Bouquet

Step Seven:  Give your creation to your love with a handwritten note and get some extra brownie points!

How to Make a Hand-Tied Bouquet

Photography by Grace & Gold Studios // Styling by Brittany Frid of Satin & Snow // Floral design by Presh Florals

Brittany Frid and the Satin & Snow team are wedding planners and editorial stylists based in Ottawa, Ontario. To learn more about what we do, please visit our services page

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