There’s something calming and therapeutic about having fresh flowers around the home. Over time picking up fresh flowers from the local grocery store has become a little tradition that I like to indulge in more and more frequently.
Whenever I’m tired or stressed from all my routine motherly duties, I treat myself to a cup of Starbucks iced latte and pretty seasonal flowers for an instant pick-me-up.
So you can only imagine my delight when I came across these beautiful peonies and tulips at the florist at a local grocery store. What a perfect time to make floral bouquets as gifts!
Excitedly I grabbed some peonies and tulips in the prettiest shade of pink (I’ll always have a thing for soft pink) and decided to create homemade floral bouquets for friends. I’m by no means an expert but I love being creative with my hands- and here is how I made them.
1. Lay out the flowers. Clean up and trim.
These flowers were very fresh so luckily there weren’t much to trim. I usually trim the bottom diagonally (so it can be soaked in water) and clean up any old or damaged leaves.
2. Gather and rubber band them together.
I like to use rubber band or twine. You can use any string, really. Wrap them closer to the top so the flowers are secure. Make sure you arrange the flowers at this step. I like to have an accent flower showing (like the biggest blossomed peony) and layer the smaller ones around it and in the back. Be careful not to damage the stem and leaves.
3. Place on wrapping paper
For this bouquet, I used two layers of paper: kraft paper and white tissue paper. I left the bottom part uncovered so I can keep in a vase until it’s time to give to the recipient.
4. Wrap Paper Diagonally. Fold the bottom part if you want to leave the ends open.
There are many ways to do this but this worked best for me. I placed the paper diagonally (like a diamond shape), folded over the lower right bottom a few times to expose the ends of the stem and began wrapping around the flowers.
Wrap with tissue paper, tie with twine or ribbon, then wrap another layer of kraft paper (newspaper or any paper of your choice.) Make sure the last layer is a little lower so the white tissue paper shows.
5. Tie with ribbon of your choice and you’re done!
For this flower bouquet, I used twine, then a black ribbon.
And you’re done! It turned out beautifully and I hope my friends enjoyed the homemade peony + tulip bouquet. I think this bouquet is that much more special because of its rare flowers and pretty colors.
Peonies are in season- why not grab a bunch and make a bouquet for that special person in your life?
Peony + Rose Bouquet
You can make beautiful peony + rose bouquets too by using same method. I made this one for my mother-in-law for her wedding anniversary and she loved it.
As you can see, I used a different colored tissue paper and ribbon. You can be creative and try various color combinations.
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