People will pay a lot for a silk flower bridal bouquet because they are important and look very complicated to make. You will be surprised how easy they are to put together. Don't be afraid of messing up because with silk flowers all mistakes can be fixed. The main thing about any flowers is that they are beautiful no matter what you do to them. Know also that there is no silk flower law, there is no right or wrong. When you are happy with the outcome that's when you know they are done right. Follow the steps below and learn how to put a silk bridal bouquet together like a professional floral designer for a mere fraction of the cost.
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Things you need
- Silk flowers
- Filler flowers such as baby's breath
- Illusion veil material or ribbon
- 1 Bouquet holder
- Floral tape
- Floral picks
- Silk fern leaves or eucalyptus leaves if desired
Go to the store and select your silk flowers. Here are some things to keep in mind. Most brides prefer white flowers but in photographs the flowers will be lost against the background of the white bridal gown. If you are using white then it would be a good idea to also put some leaves or pastel coloured ribbon to match the colours of the bridal party. You can also choose to put some coloured baby's breath in between the flowers, or stephanotis with a small pearl glued to the centre, or even some coloured illusion veiling material.
Put a drop of glue where the stem meets the foam in the holder. There are two kinds of bouquet holders, one has styrofoam for the sturdier stems of silk flowers and the other uses a green florists foam. You can use either, however the florist foam will not hold the flowers well if you take them in and out for positioning because the stems will leave big holes in it. Styrofoam is more forgiving of your rearranging. Whichever you choose it may not be a bad idea to secure the stem to the foam with a drop or two of glue. Only do that once you're sure of flower placement.
Cut the stems of the flowers with wire cutters keeping in mind that the longer the stems are, the more flowers you will have to use to make the bouquet. Start with about 3 inches of stem. If you want a cascade shape you will leave the bottom flowers a few inches longer. Don't be afraid to cut them wrong. If they are too long you can always cut more, and if they are too short you can reattach the stem with the floral tape and no one will ever know the difference.
Place the silk flowers in the holder keeping in mind the shape you want to end up with. You will at this point have gaps between the flowers where you can see through to the foam. This is where your fillers come in. For baby's breath you can cut small bunches of it and wrap the wire from the floral pick around the stem parts and use the wooden pick to insert it into the foam. Add one piece of filler at a time till you achieve the effect you want. The main flowers should not be overlapping each other and the spaces in between covered with whatever fillers you are using. Pay attention to the sides all around the bouquet, unless there is filler there you will be able to see the foam from the side. Craft shops also have lace pieces that you can slip over the handle of the holder to cover those sides.
Tips and warnings
- To make filler from illusion veiling, cut the material into a circle about the size of a coffee can lid. You will need several layers of circles for each piece, four is usually enough. Place the layers on top of each other and with your fingers pinch and gather the middle and wrap the wire from a floral pick around that middle, leaving the pick to act like a stem so that you can place it in the holder.
- To make bows as fillers take the ribbon you've chosen and pinch it about a half inch from the end. Keep in mind you always want the right side up. Make a loop and extend the ribbon to make a second loop in the opposite direction. Bring the ribbon to the fingers that are pinching and holding the middle and twist so that your right side is still up. Repeat this process until you have at least four to six loops on each end. Cut the ribbon and use the wire part of the floral pick to secure the ribbon you are pinching. Wrap the wire as tightly as possible, leaving the pick to use as a stem. You can then pull the loops to make the bow perfect.