DIY Water Vial Floral Bouquets

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DIY Water Vial Floral Bouquets
Water vials can help keep your bouquet fresh and hydrated. (bouquet image by apeschi from

DIY floral bouquets are great for the crafty hostess who loves the charm of handmade decorations. Homemade bouquets are fun to make and financially beneficial (since florist fees can be steep), but if your blooms aren't properly hydrated, they might droop before you can show them off. To prevent a floral disaster, apply water vials to the end of each stem, and your flowers will stay fresh and lovely for your special occasion.

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Things you need

  • Flowers and bouquet filler
  • Water vials
  • Bucket
  • Stem stripper
  • Paring knife
  • Rubber band
  • Satin ribbon
  • Tissue paper, waxed paper or clear plastic

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    Order water vials, also called "water picks," online, or buy them from a craft supply store. You can order water vials on websites like and, or from national retail stores like Michael's.

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    Gather flowers after your water vials arrive. You can buy them from a website, grocery store or local farmer's market, or if you have the resources, you can cut them fresh yourself. Try to find hardy blooms like stiff-stemmed roses, calla lilies and chrysanthemums, because they'll endure the arrangement process better than fragile flowers.

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    Strip excess thorns and foliage from stems using a stem stripper or paring knife.

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    Fill a bucket with cool water, submerge the bottoms of your stems and cut them at an angle a few inches from the bottom.

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    Bunch four flowers together at the centre of the bouquet, and gather additional flowers slightly lower around those four to create a dome shape.

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    Add filler like baby's breath and asters throughout the arrangement as desired.

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    Secure the arrangement by fastening the stems together with a rubber band.

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    Cut all the stems to the same desired length using the paring knife. "The Knot" recommends keeping stems about seven to eight inches long.

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    Fill the water vials with water and insert each flower stem into a vial.

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    Wrap the stems with satin ribbon to decorate the bouquet and conceal the water vials. Begin by cutting the satin ribbon about three times the length of the stems, as recommended by "The Knot." Tuck the ribbon into the rubber band, spiral down the stems, and then spiral back up to the rubber band, where you'll secure the ribbon.

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    Wrap the bouquet loosely in waxed paper, clear plastic, or tissue paper and store in the refrigerator until your event.

Tips and warnings

  • For best results, assemble your bouquet on the morning of the event.

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