How to Wrap Ribbon Around a Bridal Bouquet

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How to Wrap Ribbon Around a Bridal Bouquet
Even the simplest bouquet becomes more elegant with ribbon. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

There is no arguing the fact that bridal bouquets are beautiful. Whether your bouquets are bought from a florist or homemade with fresh-picked flowers from your garden or the wild, you can easily make them even more beautiful with ribbon. Ribbon that is artfully wound around the flower stems adds an element of elegance and formality to bouquets. Embellish bouquets with high-quality ribbon, 1 to 2 inches wide, in colours that are complementary to the bridesmaid dresses or other wedding decor.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Flowers
  • Floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • Sharp knife
  • Ribbon, 1 to 2 inches wide
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue gun sticks
  • Pearl-tipped corsage pins

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  1. 1

    Firmly hold gathered flowers 3 inches below the flower heads in your left hand, if you are right-handed.

  2. 2

    Wrap floral wire in a spiral around the stems, starting at the top and stopping 2 inches above stems.

  3. 3

    Cut the bottom of the stems with a sharp knife, or floral cutters, so they are perfectly even.

  4. 4

    Tightly wrap a strip of floral tape around the top of the wire. Continue wrapping the floral tape, winding up, until the wire is completely covered.

  5. 5

    Place a dot of hot glue, with your glue gun, on the top row of floral tape.

  6. 6

    Press the end of the ribbon onto the glue and press firmly. The ribbon on each bouquet should be the same type of ribbon, but can vary in colour. The length of your ribbon should be three times the length of the flower stems. Make sure the ribbon coordinates with the other colours used in your wedding.

    How to Wrap Ribbon Around a Bridal Bouquet
    A high-quality ribbon has the best durability and sheen. (Maria Teijeiro/Photodisc/Getty Images)
  7. 7

    Wrap the ribbon tightly around the tape, covering it completely as you go. Slowly wrap in a spiral, winding down to the bottom of the tape, then back up to the top of the tape, slightly overlapping the ribbon. Cut off any excess ribbon.

  8. 8

    Push in pearl-tipped corsage pins along the length of the ribbon, starting at the top.

  9. 9

    Place the finished bouquet in a vase of water, filled slightly so that the ribbon is not submerged, until needed.

Tips and warnings

  • Hardier flowers, such as roses and calla lilies, are easiest to work with.
  • Make a second bouquet to toss so you can keep your original bouquet.
  • Make your bouquet the morning of the wedding.

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