How to wrap a hand-tied bouquet

Updated February 16, 2017

One way to save money on wedding flowers is to create your own hand-tied bouquet. A bouquet made of silk or fresh flowers is the prize for bridesmaids and wedding participants during the traditional bridal toss. To personalise your bouquet, adorn the stems with ribbons, pearl pins or brooches. With the right tools and a steady hand, a bride on a budget can make her own beautiful hand-tied bouquet.

Choose flowers that complement your wedding colours. The experts at Bargain Bridezilla suggest that to add depth to the bouquet, select contrasting flower textures and colours. For example, if your spring wedding colours are lavender and pale pink, create a bouquet using freesias, gerbera daisies, hydrangeas or hyacinths.

Lay out each flower on a table. Each stem must be between 11 and 13 inches long. Remove all leaves and thorns from the stems of flowers. Cut the fresh flowers at an angle an inch from the bottom of the stem. Place each flower in a vase with cold water until you are ready to create the hand-tied bouquet.

Remove the flowers from the water. Dry the stems on a paper towel.

Wrap each individual stem with floral tape. Better Homes and Gardens recommends that you wrap each stem before grouping the flowers together into the bouquet's final arrangement.

Add baby's breath or other accent foliage. The baby's breath or other filler accents should be as long as the other floral stems, to prevent these flowers from falling out of the bouquet on the wedding day.

Starting 1 to 2 inches below the flowers, secure all the stems together with floral tape. Extend the tape from below each flower, to the bottom of the stem. Turn the bouquet upside down to ensure that no loose buds or stems will fall out of the arrangement.

Starting 1 inch below the flowers, begin wrapping the ribbon around the group of stems. Wrap the ribbon tight around the stems, overlapping each layer so that the floral tape is covered. Continue wrapping down the length of the stems, leaving about 3 inches of the green stem visible at the bottom. Secure the ribbon with decorative 2-inch rhinestone or pearl corsage pins.


Tie a large bow under the floral grouping for a classic look. Trim the edges of the ribbon to complete the bouquet. Keep the filler minimal; a few leaves around the base of the floral grouping will provide enough greenery. If you are on a budget, use silk flowers instead of fresh florals in your hand-tied bouquet.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 to 4 types of silk or fresh flowers
  • Gardening shears
  • Vase
  • Paper towels
  • Green floral tape
  • 1 yard of 1-inch wide satin ribbon
  • Scissors
  • 2-inch pins with decorative heads
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Mimi Abney is a lifestyle writer specializing in online content for women. Her work has appeared in and "Keepsake Magazine," among other publications. With over 15 years of writing and editing experience for the web and print, Abney is also a contributor to online health, beauty and fashion publications. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Spelman College.