Once a Victorian fashion accessory for trendy 19th-century women, the nosegay is now most commonly associated with weddings. A nosegay is basically a flower bouquet, but it's smaller, bound and usually hand-held. Most often the shape is a distinctive dome of blooms. Any florist will create nosegays for you, but if you're on a budget, you can make one yourself using any type of flower you like, from roses to wildflowers or cyclamen from your garden.
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Things you need
- Cut flowers
- Craft knife
- Rubber bands
Prepare the flowers by stripping the stems of leaves and thorns. Run a craft knife down the sides of the stems to remove them, taking care not to strip the stems themselves.
Arrange about 10 to 15 flowers --- more or fewer, depending on the type of flower and the size of the nosegay --- into a bundle. Push the flowers near the centre up slightly, and lower the flowers around the edge, until the flowers make a dome-like shape.
Wrap a rubber band around the flowers, just under the blooms.
Trim the bottoms of the stems with shears so that they're an even 4 to 6 inches long from the base of the rubber band.
Wrap the rubber band with a wide ribbon, tied in a bow.
Place the nosegay in a glass half-filled with water until use, or as a display.
Tips and warnings
- If you like, add stemmed leaves, small buds or floral embellishments such as baby's breath to your nosegay.
- Use wired ribbon to make bows that hold their shape.
- Cut away from yourself when using a craft knife on flower stems.
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