Today we’re joined by Emma from with a great tutorial which can make a beautiful decoration or gift. A lot of the items can be found in your house or bought for not very many spendy buttons and you can play around with the types of flowers used. Florists’ hand-tied bouquets and posies can be pricey. I used to work in London and chic flower stalls and florist boutiques would sell them for £25 – that was ten years ago. I always fancied buying one but I was on a budget and I knew that it couldn’t be that tricky to make my own. I watched the florists in these lovely flower outlets like a hawk to see how they conjured the flower magic. It was my friend’s birthday recently so I thought I’d have a go at suping up some ordinary supermarket flowers into something a little more beautiful. It worked and Thrifty liked the idea of sharing a quick ‘how-to.
You will need:
Flowers (I spent £7 at the largest UK supermarket chain)
Strands of ivy/seedheads/pretty twigs available in the garden/obliging municipal parks/hedgerows
Brown paper, available at Post Offices*
Raffia available at garden centres or craft shops
Stout scissors or secateurs
Step 1. If your flowers came with flower food sachet(s) remove them from the flower packaging and set aside. Remove the rest of the packaging and plastic and recycle if possible
Step 2. Cut a large (approx 80 long) rectangle of brown paper from your roll, fold in half and set aside. If you’re feeling fancy you could stick a few rubber stamp designs on it but plain brown paper is just as lovely. Set aside a few strands of raffia ready for when you’re tying up your bouquet
Step 3. Trim your flowers’ stems to the length you like. Even if you want to keep the stems fairly long, trimming the end off opens up the tiny water-carrying tubes at the end of the stems, and allows more water to be taken up. This way the bouquet will stay fresher for longer.
Step 4. Remove the lower leaves from the flowers at this stage to avoid a compost-ish niff in your vase.
Step 5. Choose your first flower and put it in one hand. Use your other hand to choose the flowers and as you go along, turn the growing bouquet slightly. This can be tricky but creates that lovely, slightly twisted hand-tied effect.
Step 6. If your flowers are contrasting colours then alternating them so that not too many like colours are together can look very pretty. As you build up the bouquet intersperse the flowers with ivy strands, seedheads and other hedgerow goodness if you have it. There are no rules – rustic is lovely and if the ivy is all bunched up in one place or around the outside then that can look chic too.
Step 7. When you have used all your flowers and foliage then take a piece of raffia, wrap it round a couple of times firmly and tie in a double knot.
Step 8. Trim the ends of your flowers again so that they are all a similar length.
Step 9. Lay your bouquet on the folded brown paper. Wrap the paper round the end of the bouquet (again scrunched and rustic looks lovely) and tie firmly with a strand of raffia. At this point you can add several raffia strands together and tie in a bow.
Step 10. Write on your luggage label and attach to the bow, then pop the flower food sachets inside the bouquet
Step 11. Present to someone lovely and bask in the knowledge that you’ve upcycled some ordinary supermarket flowers into a beautiful thing. This can all be scaled down for a budget £1 bunch of daffs from the grocers or a bunch of pretty somethings from the garden – just cut a smaller square of brown paper to fit. To be honest there’s no posy I love more than a bunch of tulips wrapped in brown paper and tied up with string. Cue Julie Andrews.
These only cost a pound or two and there’s enough in a pack for lots of bouquets or other crafts. I’d like to extend a huge thank you to Emma for this beautiful tutorial. I hope it has inspired some of you guys to make a bouquet for a friend this Christmas or for an upcoming birthday or perhaps just to cheer someone up. If you do give it a go, let us know!